One big way that former Mass­a­chu­setts Gov­ernor Michael Dukakis came to statewide fame – and ulti­mately the 1988 Demo­c­ratic nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent – was as a late 1960s cru­sader against the excesses of the bill­board industry in the Bay State.

Now 79 and teaching at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and in Cal­i­fornia, Dukakis has come back to his roots – leading the oppo­si­tion to phar­ma­ceu­tical giant Sanofi U.S.’s plans for a big logo sign on the top of its 640 Memo­rial Drive building in Cam­bridge, over­looking the recently rehabbed Boston Uni­ver­sity Bridge at the gateway to the Charles River Basin.

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