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Famous Bostonians

Bostonians exhibit a level of civic pride rarely found in other cities. So what’s the source of our enthusiasm for all things Boston? This September, we’ve compiled a list of some of our all-time favorite residents. From artists to athletes, our better-known neighbors offer just one more reason to be proud of our amazing city in 2015.

  • Bob Hall
  • Kaji Aso
  • Lilli Dennison
Bob Hall, Boston Marathon's first wheelchair competitor

Bob Hall: Image retrieved from Boston Athletic Association website.

Bob Hall is fondly known by many as the wheelchair-bound athlete who refused to let what many consider a handicap stop him from achieving astounding accomplishments. In 1975, he became the Boston Marathon’s first wheelchair competitor. Never one to rest on his laurels, Hall became a champion in both mile and marathon races, in addition to being a three-time slalom champ. The always-determined Hall also set records in the 400, 800 and 1500 meters, and made an incredible 1,520-mile journey by wheelchair from Boston to Florida.

Kaji Aso Japanese Artist from Boston, MA

Kaji Aso: Image retrieved from

It’s no surprise that Kaji Aso slept only four hours per night. Otherwise, it’s hard to believe
the Boston artist would have had the time to sharpen his world-class skills as an opera singer, write poetry, create MFA-worthy paintings and teach Zen philosophy. In 1973, the lifelong bachelor founded the Kaji Aso Studio Institute for the Arts. Aso was also a Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for more than three decades.

Veterans of the 80s Boston garage-rock scene most likely have fond memories of former Bostonian Lilli Dennison’s contributions. As someone who has done everything from waitressing at The Rat to helping make the B-Side a go-to spot during her tenure there as a DJ, Dennison’s persona and impeccable musical taste were magical elements still remembered in 2015, long after she left the city for New Orleans.

We realize these are just a few of the memorable personalities who helped make Boston what it is in 2015. Although we’ve just scratched the surface, we hope we’ve inspired you to get out and enjoy — and learn more about — the contributions of these insanely productive and innovative Bostonians.


Who are some of your favorite, famous Bostonians? Share with our dental group in comments below.

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