By Lara Skinner
STANDISH -- Family and friends are missing Jeff Neal this summer. Ever the stalwart history educator for Bonny Eagle High School, Neal is on the road accumulating knowledge about the nation's past by traveling to approximately 48 American cities. He is always on the lookout for interesting information to add to his curriculum, and will keep a journal of his vacation travels.
All of this is available to Jeff because he's touring as the drummer for the 70s rock band Boston.
At least once a day, Ann-Marie Neal, who is married to Jeff, will talk to him on the phone and the conversation stays the same, in one way.
"He always gets a call to me, ‘You're never going to guess who I met,'" Ann-Marie said.
Being a bit star-struck might not seem like a good way to gather history, but Jeff said he planned to do what he could in between sets and flights. How many historical tidbits he will get a chance to collect is hard to say. Boston started the tour on May 11, in Manchester N.H., and will stay on the road until at least August 24, with a final tour date in Canada.
"This is a great opportunity to kind of get some of these (historical items) to use in the classroom," he said.