Class of 1970 Winter 2022 Class Note

First, I would like to congratulate Susan “Sue” Bell of Hallowell, who received one of the 2022 Maryann Hartman Awards back in April. What is the Maryann Hartman Award? It’s an award designed to recognize the achievements of Maine women in the arts, politics, business, education, and community service. When I read the article, it made me smile, because I wasn’t surprised — “Sue was the former director of the Maine Forest Service and the first woman in the United States to serve in such a role.” Way to go, Sue!

I didn’t get her permission, but I don’t THINK I’ll get in trouble for shouting my praises, my admiration, and well (to be honest), my envy to Allison Ladd Chapman. She posts the most unbelievably beautiful pictures of her gardens! Absolutely breathtaking! You would think you were at a botanical garden — or a Better Homes and Gardens show. You’re amazing, Allison!

Taking advantage of the covid lockdowns, Stephen King ’87 Hon. L.H.D. has given us a new novel to read during the winter months. He has called this one Fairy Tale. Now that should grab our attention — Fairy Tale? Really? Well, this is Stephen King — so I’m really not expecting a Cinderella story! Anyway, here’s a quick summary. It’s about Charlie (a senior in high school), Mr. Bowditch (Charlie’s mysterious neighbor), and Radar (Mr. Bowditch’s dog). Mr. Bowditch falls from a ladder and breaks his leg. Charlie becomes his caretaker — and the adventure begins! In the backyard Charlie discovers a shed — and in the shed a tunnel — and the tunnel leads to another world. That’s all I know — guess I’m going to have to read it!

More on Stephen King. Back in August, Stephen testified on behalf of the Department of Justice in hopes to sway a federal judge against the merger of two of the largest book publishers –—Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. “I came because I think that consolidation is bad for competition. The way the industry has evolved it becomes tougher and tougher for writers to find money to live on.” Although he would probably benefit from the merger, Stephen has always fought for fairness and the “little guy.” As I penned this column, the trial is still going on and I really believe that the result will have a huge impact — not only on the book publishing industry, but on how the government (from here on out) handles corporate giants.

Well guys — that’s it!! And, as usually, I would LOVE to hear some news (any news!).