"Plastics Benjamin"by Robert Lamothe

Leominster, Massachusetts, USA, is known as the pioneer plastic city. It is one of the major centers for producing a multitude of plastic products that are used all over the planet.

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The world famous Plastic Pink Flamingo was invented in Leominster by Don Featherstone.

Another source of pride for Leominster is that it is the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. The area has great apple orchards, a Johnny Appleseed statue, a Johnny Appleseed Elementary School-which is where I went to school, a terrific Babe Ruth Baseball league and field, and many other admirable qualities, especially the enthusiastic people of the area. The high school football rivalry between Leominster and Fitchburg began in 1895 and they have played 113 games as of the 1998 season. The rivalry is the second oldest high school football rivalry in the country, second only to Boston English and Boston Latin.

The National Plastics Museum is located in Leominster and provides visitors with an interesting assortment of the history of plastics, information about the multitude of amazing plastic products, attractive displays, photographs, and videos. There is a gift shop where you can buy interesting and unusual plastic things.

To be continued:

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© Robert Lamothe and Flamingo Technology, 1999