Interview with Najemy:
I was 3 ½ years old but I certainly remember that day and that sky. I usually rode with my aunt to pick up her husband from Norton’s. We never brought my two older brothers age 7 and 10 along with us. But this day for some reason we did. Otherwise they would have been playing out in our back yard or someone else’s. My mother was at home with my uncle. My father was working in Worcester and out of the path of the storm. On our way back from Norton’s to our house in the Brentwood development, the sky grew dark, almost black, and my aunt was yelling and wanted her husband to take over the wheel. We were perhaps right at the edge of the . mile wide tornado. It was total confusion. At home, my uncle had to restrain my mother from going out into the storm to look for us kids. At my father’s work, a secretary informed him that “Brentwood was flattened” and he should get home right away. The drive from the other side of Worcester to his home must have been a harrowing one for him, not knowing what he would find when he got there. After abandoning his car a half mile away due to fallen trees in the road, he arrived to find us all alive and safe. We were lucky compared to the 95 or so that died in that horrific and unforgettable storm. In our neighborhood, only foundations were left except for our house, which was only 2 years old and had its roof lifted off and dropped back down in place. Now just a seriously darkening and threatening sky will evoke memories of June 9th, 1953.


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“1953 TORNADO,” Worcester in 50, accessed January 19, 2019, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/52.

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