These are excerpts from a speech made by Todd Becker at the dedication ceremonies held Oct. 4, 2003.
"My father's part in
this story begins over 45 years ago, on January 28, 1958 -- the very evening of
my brother John's birth in Putnam, Connecticut. After my mother did all the work
delivering their first son, my father, Herman, was watching the evening news when
the broadcaster announced that the Connecticut Turnpike extension, which ended
at Route 6 in Danielson, was to be connected to the Mass. Turnpike by way of Putnam,
Woodstock, Southbridge and Sturbridge at Exit 11. An hour later, Herman told everyone
present at the Webster-Dudley Chamber of Commerce meeting of the state's plan,
and asked members to work together to get the connector through Webster and Oxford.
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