For all practical purposes, yes, Tufts is in Boston. Technically it's in Somerville but it's only a few miles from Boston itself. You needed to get under 3:30 to get in in those years, it had been 4:00 not too long before that. So there was qualifying but it wasn't a big deal. You might have been allowed to wait in the locker room at the junior high at the start with that time rather than wander around in the gym and hallways. I think that was as formal as things had gotten by then. In thinking a bit more about Moynihan getting in with no previous marathon, I imagine the BAA let him in because they knew who he was. The standard was put in place because as the race got more popular they were getting more and more entrants who really did not run and who entered as a joke. The standard was supposed to be attainable by anyone who did a reasonable amount of serious training. But the local running clubs have always been given a number of automatic entries, no need for a qualifying time, to use as they want. It's up to the clubs to decide who gets those entries.