Spring 2005 Contents

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Looking Back From Afar

Looking Back From Afar
Colby's far-flung international alumni consider their time on Mayflower Hill


How Bern Porter Saw the World

How Bern Porter Saw the World
In his 93 years on this Earth, Bern Porter contributed to the invention of television, worked on the Manhattan Project and the Saturn V rocket, and made the acquaintances of Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Werner von Braun.


What Does Bro Do Anyway?

What Does Bro Do Anyway?

A former Colby president remembers a bright and earnest first-year student who showed up in the president's office on the third floor of Eustis during the first week of school. The young man made a lasting impression when he said, "I'd like to know more about what a college president does. And my first question is, is this a full-time job?"



From the Hill

Diamond Groundbreaking Set

Roberts renovation, Cotter expansion round out ambitious construction plans

E-Mail from the Front

Lt. Adam Cote reports of life in Mosul, casualties, cause for hope

Making Noise

Adrian Blevins shows her students the rebellious nature of writing

Mule Pack

Colby's fleet women harriers use group effort to finish fifth in nation

Opening the Door

Pair recalls trials, triumph of founding The Bridge at Colby

Recent Releases

David R. Surette '79's Young Gentlemen's School, Alec Haavik '92's Rocks, Joseph Roisman's The Rhetoric of Manhood, and Annie Proulx '57's Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2

Silent Seas

Riki Ott exposes the real aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster


Deb Aitken on cross-country women, a stunning season, and ways her runners stay healthy

Last Page: Snow Predicted,And Promised

I'd been waiting for it to snow since last June. Actually, I've been waiting for snow since I was 3 and thought Irving Berlin was crazy for writing about a "White Christmas."



abbie moos '74

animal healer

debbie sidelinger '86

forward, down under

larry rulison '94

deadline business

melinda mraz '01

economic interpreter

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

%gerryspr05%left% Adam Cote �‰95 reminded me of my father.

Not that there is a great resemblance, though Cote seems like a good guy and my dad was a heck of a good guy, too. But it was while corresponding with Cote, a lieutenant in the Maine Army National Guard based in Mosul, Iraq (see page 36), that I thought of my father doing the same from Navy ships in the North Atlantic, and later, the South Pacific.

My father�‰s wartime correspondence, like that of Colby alumni from �,The Greatest Generation,�Š took place during World War II... Read more »



  • image Alex Irvine (�,How Bern Porter Saw the World�Š), a novelist whose works include the forthcoming novel The Narrows, also writes for the Portland Phoenix.

    image Sarah Tuff (�,Opening the Door�Š) is a former founding writer of Time for Kids magazine and executive editor for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games. From her home base in Burlington, Vt., Tuff writes for National Geographic Adventure, Men�‰s Journal, Skiing and Ski Racing. This is her second contribution to Colby.

    image Ernie Clark (�,Mule Pack�Š), is a sportswriter for the Bangor Daily News. A sports radio talk show host and co-founder of Maine RoundBALL Magazine, Clark also serves as color analyst for Maine Public Television�‰s annual high school basketball tournament coverage.