Next time on Bill Green's Maine, we'll look at an alternative fuel we all know well.... wood. We'll talk with North Yarmouth's Ben True as he readies for the Olympic Trials in running. And We'll sample a New England tradition and a Maine favorite, Needhams.
Show number: 2012-9
Original air date: May 19, 2012
This week's blog written by Bill Green:
One would think that getting video from NBC would be easy for an NBC affiliate, but one would be wrong. Our first story tonight involves Union Rags the thoroughbred race horse owned by Phyllis Wyeth. It has been really fun following this story. Just making it to the Kentucky Derby is a magnificent accomplishment. Going off the favorite is unbelievable!
I've owned some Standardbred race horses. I know from that experience that if you're the favorite, you're going to get a "tough trip" in each race. Union Rags was unable to get away well in the Derby. Every horse that could gave him a little nudge on the way by, breaking his momentum and causing him to be "shuffled back" in the pack.
That's not disasterous in the Derby because it's the first time the horses have run this longer distance, a mile and a quarter. However, when Union Rags started his run he got blocked twice. That prevented him from every challenging the leaders. When he did get free he showed great speed.
Phyllis is wise to skip the Preakness and run in the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont is a mile and a half. It doesn't seem that much longer than the Derby, but it is. The field will be smaller and Union Rags should be able to find running room regardless of the post he draws.
I'm not pleased with this story. It's simply been a monster because of so many technical problems. It is one wonderful story. The Philadelphia Enquirer did a super job with the story before the Derby.
Due to rights restrictions we have posted a different version of the story we aired in the show tonight. Do check out the wonderful documentary about Union Rags.
Watch the documentary here:
UNION RAGS: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY
Our interview is with Ben True. Ben is a terrific young man who hopes to make the Olympic Team at 10,000 meters. Here's one fact about Ben which is always at the forefront of my mind. He ran a mile in 3:59.99. I would have run 4:00:01. (Actually, I ran 5:21!) My point being that Ben is the type of guy that makes his goals. I think he will make the Olympic team this time and I am looking forward to watching the race. The men's 10,000 meter event is on Friday June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.
The next story is about Ecar 5. It's a wood fired vehicle which has travelled from Key West Florida to Maine. Ben Russell is the man behind the project. He's a great guy who summers in Southport. He acknowledges that wood is not a great way of powering vehicles. However, he believes it would be worthy during a time of national emergency. He also thinks there are practical applications such as powering tractors as well as generators in back country locations. For more information, click on the link.
Finally tonight, Needhams! It's one of those Maine things. It's a chocolate candy which features potatoes in the middle! It sounds awful, but they're so sweet that many people find them irresistible. A place called Seavey's made them for years, but eventually went out of business. Now there are a couple of "small" makers and we chose Linda's Gourmet Chocolates in Norway where Linda makes them right in her home. She was pretty nervous doing this story which made it a lot of fun for us as we sometime forget that being on TV is supposed to be important! I'm going to be a little more serious in the future. One warning about this story. I had lost 14 ½ pounds before I did it. Now I have gained three! I'd better do some work this weekend!
Here's a link to Linda's site.