Life is moving very fast these days for 25-year-old Gabriela Isler of Venezuela. Last month, during ceremonies in Moscow, Isler (a popular TV personality back home) was crowned Miss Universe - the seventh time a Venezuelan has taken that honor in the pageant’s 61-year history.
Isler moved into a new apartment in New York City shortly before this interview was conducted. Although her command of English is impressive, Isler apologized throughout our conversation while searching for the words to best convey her thoughts.
For 27-year-old Blair McMillan of Guelph, Ontario, his girlfriend, Morgan, and their two young boys, life is simpler these days - and McMillan says he has his young son to thank for it.
On a beautiful spring day last April, Blair asked his 5-year old son, Trey, to join him outside for some playtime in the sunshine. “He said, ‘No, daddy. I want to play on the iPad,’” said McMillan. “I started to realize how times had changed and how different it is now. When I was a kid, me and all of my friends lived outside.”
On a recent broadcast of “The Howie Carr Show” (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM, 103.9 FM and WVQM 101.3 FM), the syndicated talk-show host, author and Boston Herald columnist was discussing the final days of the recently completed trial of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.
Carr came close but stopped short of referring to the “summer of Whitey” as “the end of an era.” That’s too trite of a phrase for Howie Carr - the sort of cliché that he would make sport of on the air. But keen listeners knew where he was headed.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Full disclosure – in case you didn’t know, both Mike Dow and Deb Neuman write columns on a freelance basis to The Maine Edge. However, we still think it’s cool that they have their own radio show together. If you are a DJ with a new radio show, we’d love to write a story about you too. Drop us a line (seriously!).
BANGOR – Hearts were broken when “The Mike and Mike Show” ended, but we were assured that the shows would go on in their respective studios and they are. Mike Elliot joined Kat Walls on The Bear, and Mike Dow headed up the stations for Big 104 FM. He is now being joined by Deb Neuman in the mornings for one big morning show. Mike Dow gave us the skinny on what listeners can expect.
Over the next several months, expect to see some familiar names returning to the “New Releases” section of your favorite music outlet.
Jan. 8 will mark the release of “SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD” – the eighth studio album from Dropkick Murphys and their second with producer Ted Hutt. The band’s Ken Casey calls the record “catchy, fun and as sing-song as can be.”
When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn’t need to think about it for very long.
Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.
As Roger Sterling on “Mad Men,” AMC’s chronicle of the inner workings of a high-pressure New York City ad agency, John Slattery plays a hilariously sly heart attack-prone, heavy smoking and drinking womanizer. But in real life, he is nothing like Sterling, right? “I’d like to think so, but there’s probably a lot of me in that character,” Slattery says. “Half the things he does would land you in jail right now. It’s a lot of fun to play.”
Slattery plays an altogether different character in his latest film, “In Our Nature,” in theatres Dec. 7. The movie centers around two couples. Slattery is Gil, the estranged father of Seth. Father and son unexpectedly come together with their respective girlfriends for a weekend at the family cabin. “When dad and his son see each other, they immediately want to leave, but the two women persuade them to stay,” Slattery told me.
BANGOR – After 15 years of filling the airwaves with witty banter, laughs, good will, and the occasional interesting radio moment, Kiss 94.5’s morning team Mike and Mike aired their last show as a team on Friday, Oct. 18. (They swear the show ending has nothing to do with the list of Zumba Johns that was released recently.)
I was able to sit in on one of their shows during the final week as they reminisced about good times, good people and a great experience that was 15 years of “The Mike and Mike Show.” We can’t possibly fit it all in one small space, but you can go to our website and listen to the interview.
The end of an era
Making fun of celebrity foibles is certainly an enjoyable pastime; it is what has made this space one of the more popular ones in our publication since its inception. Gentle (or not-so-gentle) mockery of the misdeeds of the rich and famous oftentimes makes for great entertainment.
However, sometimes an opportunity arises where we can celebrate the celebrities among us rather than debase them. This is one of those times. It was recently announced that The Mike and Mike Show, a longtime staple of area morning radio, is bringing its 15 year run to an end.
Blue Hill resident remembers 20 years with America’s original sweetheart
BLUE HILL - One day in early 1988, music producer Terry Melcher (The Byrds, The Beach Boys) walked through the door of his mother Doris Day’s home in Carmel, California accompanied by John Phillips, formerly of The Mamas & the Papas. Phillips had a song running through his mind and was desperate to put the tune on tape before he forgot it.
Melcher called for his mother’s assistant, an Englishman named Sydney Wood. “Woody, do you have a cassette recorder in your room?” he asked. “Yes, come on up,” Wood replied. Melcher and Phillips headed up the stairs with an acoustic guitar and sat on Wood’s bed while they worked out the song’s basic structure. There were no lyrics yet, but the melody and chords were there.
Melcher later played the tape for The Beach Boys, who wanted to record the song immediately. “Kokomo” was released in July and hit #1 in November giving The Beach Boys the distinction of being the act with the longest span between #1 records (22 years). For Sydney Wood, seeing a Grammy-nominated song come to life in his bedroom was just another day at Doris’s place.
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