• Grytviken, population 18.
    May 30

    Strung between Antarctica and the Equator, a thin chain of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean lies almost abandoned by commerce. Once valued for whaling or as stopping points on the way to the capes at the tip of Africa and South America, these islands exist mostly in the minds of history buffs

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  • In front of the Libby building on Congress Square in the 1970s.
    August 25

    Early in 1977, another new restaurant opened in the Old Port. This one on Middle Street had a tongue-in-cheek sign: “Carbur’s: Since 1977.” A tradition going all the way back to this year! Hilarious!

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  • George Mitchell The Negotiator
    August 25

    When I began researching Statesman, my biography of Sen. George Mitchell, I thought I knew the man, at least in his public life. After all, we first met in the Kennebec Journal newsroom in Augusta some 30 years ago, and I followed him from there...

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  • Congress Street in the 1970s; photo probably shot by John Duncan.
    July 19

    This is the second of a three-part series recollecting the look and feel of Portland in the 1960s, '70s and '80s by a Maine writer who spent his youth there.

    In the 1970s, Portland grew up.

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  • Sheep Island
    July 19

    Out of my sight on the west side of the island, truly heroic efforts by dozens of area firemen, the Coast Guard and state forest rangers had achieved what had seemed impossible.

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  • Near the old Portland Public Library on Congress Street.
    June 16

    In the 1960s, you have to remember, Commercial Street still stank of the fish meal plant, and traffic barreled unencumbered by rules of the road…

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  • Einstein quote
    May 23

    The guy who hits the big shot at the end of the game may be seen as a hero, but if he missed seven of nine shots earlier…

  • Bernd Heinrich
    April 27

    If young Bernd was sometimes a reluctant recruit on his father’s collecting expeditions, he came to love the study of nature.

  • April 25

    A drowning, a feud between fishing families, a threatened way of life take on cosmic proportion as even the tide threatens “to flood the whole operation.”