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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:03

Beloved TV mom June Lockhart honored by NASA

With two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Tony Award, career mementos on display at the Smithsonian Institution and a plethora of plaques and trophies, you might assume that June Lockhart is unflappable in the honors department. 'They sent a card notifying me that I had been selected,' she told me in a phone call last week from her home in Los Angeles. 'Nothing means as much to me as this.'   

The award for 'Exceptional Public Achievement' was bestowed upon June Lockhart by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for her decades-long association with the space agency and for continuously inspiring public interest in space exploration. The prestigious award has been issued to only three other people, and Lockhart is the first woman to receive it.  

Rapper Cory Gunz, star of the MTV reality show 'Son of a Gun,' is scheduled to appear on Jan. 23 at the Downunder Club at Seasons, 427 Main St. in Bangor.

A frequent collaborator with artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Kahlifa, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, Gunz was signed to Casablanca Records and Def Jam Recordings in 2003 by music executive Tommy Mottola.  

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 01:29

Corbin Bernsen The final season of 'Psych?'

Since the 2006 premiere of 'Psych,' USA Network's comedy-drama detective series, viewers have been drawn into a world where they are tested nearly as often as the show's protagonist, Shawn Spencer (James Roday).  

As the son of decorated law enforcement officer Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn had long been trained and challenged by his dad to analyze and observe like a detective.    

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:35

Roll up for the Mystery Tour!

Beatles collector acquires iconic bus to help children with cancer

Simon Mitchell was a 7-year-old student living with his family at West Malling Air Base in Kent, England, where his father worked for the Royal Air Force. One Tuesday morning at 9, a most unusual group appeared at the base in a brightly decorated bus packed with colorful characters.   

It was probably fate that directed Martha Plimpton toward a life of acting. Born to actor parents Keith Carradine ('Nashville,' 'Deadville,' 'Dexter') and Shelley Plimpton ('Hair,' 'Alice's Restaurant') and a Hollywood legend in grandfather John Carradine ('The Grapes of Wrath,' 'The Ten Commandments,' 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance') Plimpton's immediate family provided a solid apprenticeship.  

Many of us were introduced to Martha Plimpton through Stephen Spielberg's 'The Goonies' in 1985. Further roles in  'The Mosquito Coast' (1986), 'Parenthood' (1989), 'The Beans of Egypt, Maine' (1994) and 'I Shot Andy Warhol' (1996) revealed her to be an actor of remarkable versatility.   

I've had oodles of fun putting together contributions for The Maine Edge this year. The article that generated the largest response was my interview with Sig Hansen (Maine Edge July 17,2013), captain of the fishing vessel 'Northwestern' and reluctant star of Discovery Channel's enormously popular 'Deadliest Catch.' The show's ninth season finale on July 30 drew nearly 3 million viewers, easily winning the night for Discovery.  

In the interview, Sig revealed that he was initially against the idea of allowing his life's work (he comes from a long line of proud fisherman) to be cheapened by turning it into a reality television show. 'After talking it over with a couple of guys on the fleet, we thought it might be a decent tribute to the fleet. It was originally going to air for just one year and I thought, Why not?' We had no clue that it would still be going nine years later. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,' Hansen told me in a phone interview conducted a few weeks prior to the season's conclusion.

'I'll change the world and make it better before I leave. I know I can't fix everything but I can fix what's in front of me. Cancer can take my life but not my legacy.'  'Legacy' Lily Muscatell

'Lily is a very deep person and has always been able to wrap herself around the feelings and emotions of other people,' says Shianne Priest, music director of Leonard Middle School in Old Town. She is referring to singer-songwriter Lily Muscatell, a junior at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:21

2013's best and worst Christmas albums

Making my way through a stack of some of this year's holiday-themed albums was a little like going for a walk in the woods before winter has truly set in. There were smooth stretches and a few pleasant surprises coupled with intermittent steps in wet muddy goop and a trip over a log.  

Kelly Clarkson 'Wrapped In Red' (RCA/Sony) 

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 many fans of holiday music, the name Mannheim Steamroller has been synonymous with the season since 1984, when the group by that name released their first disc of Christmas music. With 19 gold records (sales of more than 500,000 copies), four platinum (1 million sold) and four multi-platinum Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller has become one of the most successful independent musical groups in the world.

Mannheim Steamroller is currently on an 80-city tour with a Christmas show called 'Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.' A performance at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor is set for Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  

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