Frank Falcetta looks back at the
early days of Middlesex, two
words come to mind: "mud"
just started. Initially, we only had one
building at the Veterans hospital. The
parking lots were not paved at that time
and in the spring they were a real mess,"
said Falcetta. "I remember driving into
work one day and hearing an
announcement on AM radio that classes
were being canceled at Middlesex
Community College because of mud!"
president James E. Houlihan Jr., MCC
started small and operated on a
shoestring budget. There were just 573
day students, and less than 300 night
students the first year.
when getting a telephone at every faculty
member's desk was a major
accomplishment," said Falcetta, who
worked at Middlesex for 33 years, first as
a professor and later as an administrator.
"At one time, about 20 of us shared a
big room with one phone between us,"
on the grounds of Bedford's Veterans hospital.