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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.   

Published in Happenings

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.   

Published in Buzz

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.

Published in Cover Story

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.  

Published in Livin'

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.'  

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:41

Big personalities on Big 104

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.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:51

2013 in music: Forthcoming releases

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.'

Published in Music
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

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.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:41

John Slattery From Mad Men' to Millinocket

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.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:07

Two awesome guys, one awesome show

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.

Published in Buzz
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