Coming up on the next Bill Green's Maine, we'll visit the "other" outdoor store as the Kittery Trading Post celebrates its 75th Anniversary... We'll meet shareholder activist and former politician Bob Monks and find out why he's a Traitor to His Class. And we'll revisit the life of Maine's greatest sculptor, neoclassicist Franklin Simmons.
This week's blog written by Bill Green:
Show # 2013-15 Blog
Original air date: September 14, 2013
The Kittery Trading Post has been a family owned business for 75 years. It's a place that still includes trading in the gun department. Over that period, it has built up an extremely loyal fan base. Many of its customers are "outta-staters" come in to enjoy Maine. KTP, right at the gateway of the state, is there to serve them. Here's to hoping that the Adams family will be in business for 75 more years.
For more on the Kittery Trading Post: http://www.kitterytradingpost.com/
Bob Monks was a pleasure to interview. I learned a lot about him even though we were probably introduced when I was a young studio cameraman in 1972. Bob has a deeper connection than most people realize. I found him a true intellectual with a sense of decency and fair play. His advocacy on behalf of shareholders is laudable. I found him a fascinating guy.
The Cumberland Classic Car Show has grown in to one of the state's largest. Ron Copp puts on a really nice event and people are coming from all over. If you like cars and almost everyone does, you may want to stop by next summer when the shows start up again.
Franklin Simmons was Maine's finest sculptor. He was a neoclassicist who worked from 1855 until his death in 1913. He grew up in Brunswick and had studios in Lewiston and Portland before moving to Rome where he spent the last 45 years of his life. His art can be viewed in museums all over America. In Maine, his most famous works include the citizen sentry civil war statue in Lewiston, as well as Our Lady of Victories and the Longfellow Statue in Portland.