This week on Bill Green's Maine we'll be in Newry to try out a mile long zip line, the longest in Maine. We'll visit with Monica Wood whose new novel "When we the Kennedy's" is taking her to new heights. And we'll look back at Maine's role in the War of 1812.
This week's blog written by Bill Green:
Show number: 2012-14
September 15, 2012
This was a fun show to do. It just sort of came together from stuff we've been interested in. The first piece is Jim Sysko's zip line. I've done a lot of weird stuff...parachuting, water ski jumping and flown in lots of things. Jim's zip line is one of those deals where you look at the guy who got you into the predicament...in this case Jim and ask yourself, "Is he the kind of guy that can get me killed?" The answer is "Probably not!" Jim is a capable guy and an interesting, fun loving person. The 5000 foot zip line is amazing. Jim hopes to put one in Rumford, right over the falls-that would be a great thing for that community! I hope he is able to pull it off.
Part two is on Monica Wood. What a sweet, smart and humorous writer! I really enjoyed "When We Were the Kennedys." I read it in an odd order. I read the first ten pages, then the last one hundred because I thought the interview was the next day. This strategy helped get me through college! I then went back and read pages 11 through 100 which is where I was when I interviewed Monica. I then finished the book about five days later. Monica and I were born two weeks apart, so we have that in common, but little else. She is a very bright, thoughtful, perceptive person whereas I'm more of a bull in a china shop, but I really enjoyed meeting her. I highly recommend her books as does my wife who is an insatiable reader.
The archive is from a couple of weeks ago when we previewed the Radio Control Model Show at Sanford Airport. Those guys have some incredible equipment and they're great at running it. This would be a great hobby to start a kid in especially if you have the kid build his own plane, chopper or car. It was lots of fun.
Finally, the War of 1812. Boiling down Maine's involvement to five minutes is a bit of a rush job. We didn't learn much about this war in school. It's a really interesting war in that it really demonstrates how fragmented we were as a nation. New England did not want this war as it raised havoc with our commerce. It was interesting how many state leaders, including our first Governor William King played the political question on both sides-standing up for independence while doing business with the British behind the scenes.