John Updike
1950s: John Updike
John Updike was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He graduated from Harvard in 1954.

Tom Rush
1960s: Tom Rush
Tom Rush is an internationally known singer, songwriter, and performer with 21 albums spanning five decades. He graduated from Harvard and was a big part of the Cambridge folk scene in the 1960s.

William F. Weld
1970s: William F. Weld
William F. Weld is an attorney and author who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970 and lived in Cambridge for 38 years.

Bill McKibben
1980s: Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben is a best-selling author of nonfiction (including The End of Nature) and a noted environmentalist. He was editor of The Crimson and graduated from Harvard in 1982.

Amanda Palmer
1990s: Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, and pianist who has toured internationally with The Dresden Dolls and solo. She spent years as a street performer in Harvard Square.

Paul Baranay
2000s: Paul Baranay
Paul Baranay mixes poetry, prose, and blogs wtih a passion for science, research, and engineering. He is a member of the MIT class of 2011.

Each chapter of Harvard Square features an essay by a notable denizen of the era.