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Ted Reinstein returns to the Walpole Public Library to talk about his new book, “Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds”.
The well-known journalist and reporter for “Chronicle” will appear here again, thanks to the Friends of the Walpole Public Library, on Tuesday evening, May 10, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England’s feuds have peppered the region’s life for centuries.
They’ve been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary. There are even some that will undoubtedly outlast the region’s ancient low stone walls. Ted Reinstein, a native New Englander and local writer, offers fascinating stories, some known, others not so much, from the history of New England in his new book.
Bringing to life many of the fights, spats, and arguments that have, in many ways, shaped the area itself, Reinstein demonstrates what it really means to be “wicked pissed”. He tells how the Breeds and the Bunkers are still fighting over a hill, and how the revolution is still being fought—by Lexing-ton and Concord.
From the colonial era, through early aviation (Connecticut claims the Wright Bros. are wrong), to Red Sox-Yankees and present-day food fights, Ted Reinstein tells who’s really “wicked pissed” in New England, and why.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine. In 2002, he was part of the Chronicle team honored with a prestigious national DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award for their coverage of Boston’s controversial “Big Dig,” the nation’s largest-ever public works project.
While he also appears in the studio at the anchor desk or delivering an opinion commentary, it’s out in the field where viewers are most familiar seeing Ted. From every corner of New England, he’s found the offbeat, the unique, the moving, and the just plain memorable, all while telling the enduringly colorful stories of the region’s people and places.
Politics is also a passion (what better place to be than Boston?), and he files a weekly report for WCVB’s political roundtable show, “On The Record.” He is also a member of the station’s editorial board.
In 2010, he was one of five national finalists in the Washington Post’s “Next Great American Pundit” competition. Elsewhere on television, Ted hosted the premiere season of the Discovery Channel’s Popular Mechanics show. On the HGTV network, he brought viewers up-close to some of America’s most iconic landmarks on Lighthouses. For the Travel Channel’s photo adventure series, FreezeFrame, he explored Hawaii’s volcanoes, the caves of Puerto Rico, and the South Pacific islands of Tahiti. (Someone had to do it.)
His first book, A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, was published in 2013 (Globe Pequot Press). National Geographic Traveler selected it as one of its “Best Picks.”
Ted also has had a lifetime love of live theatre. As a playwright, he’s had several short plays selected and performed for Boston’s annual Theatre Marathon, and is the co-author of the full-length play, Yom Kippur in Da Nang.
Ted received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brandeis University, where he had the honor of being valedictorian. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters. And (just in case she can read), his faithful, four-legged walking companion, Arloh.
Two summers ago, also thanks to The Friends, Ted introduced his first book, A New England Notebook to a large and receptive audience at the Walpole Public Library.