Vermont residents remember Galbraith

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Many Vermonters are remembering their part-time neighbor, John Kenneth Galbraith. The world-renowned economist died over the weekend at a hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For nearly six decades he spent summers on a 247-acre farm in the Townshend-Newfane area.

He wrote many of his books while relaxing at the farm, including his most famous work, “The Affluent Society.”

Residents of the area say they fondly recall how Galbraith frequented the Four Columns Inn in Newfane with famous visitors, including Henry Kissinger.

Galbraith often told the story of how telephone service in his rural area was improved in the early 1960s when President John Kennedy couldn’t reache him. Kennedy called the phone company and ordered new lines.

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