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.
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?"
%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 fathers wartime correspondence, like that of Colby alumni from The Greatest Generation, took place during World War II... Read more »
Alex Irvine (How Bern Porter Saw the World), a novelist whose works include the forthcoming novel The Narrows, also writes for the Portland Phoenix.
Sarah Tuff (Opening the Door) 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, Mens Journal, Skiing and Ski Racing. This is her second contribution to Colby.
Ernie Clark (Mule Pack), 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 Televisions annual high school basketball tournament coverage.