This week on Bill Green's Maine, We'll be checking out the "lift line of love"--speed dating on a chair lift. We're on the court with Duke Women's Basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie, who is leading the Blue Devils to another NCAA tournament. And we'll revisit the life of William Pitt Fessenden, who saved a President from impeachment.
Original air date: February 18, 2012
This is a fun show tonight. Segment one is on The Lift Line of Love. Over at Black Mountain in New Hampshire, they tried speed dating on a chair lift. It was a lot of fun, if a little under attended. We had fun doing the story. Even old married guys like photographer Josh Bradford and I still think we have the old pizzazz and could charm the ladies. It was a lot of fun.
The interview is with Joanne P. McCallie. This Brunswick native has distinguished herself in the basketball world. She is now in her fifth year at Duke and at an interesting point in her career. She has continued Duke's successful legacy. In fact, she seems to have stabilized the program a bit as her Blue Devils have made it to the Great 8 and won the ACC championship the last two years. The Blue Devils are currently ranked fifth in the nation which means she needs to beat someone ahead of her in the rankings in order to make the Final Four. Those four are Baylor, UConn, Stanford and Notre Dame. That would be a big step indeed. Joan has had two of the top recruiting classes in the country the last two years. People who have known Joanne since she played at Brunswick won't be surprised when she accomplishes this latest goal. A national championship is becoming a real possibility. It's an exciting time for Mainers following this Mainer.
The archive segment comes from last Monday. The Great Back Yard Bird Count is going on this weekend. All you have to do is watch birds in your back yard for fifteen minutes and fill in a form. It's great family fun.
The final segment tonight is on Senator William Pitt Fessenden. Fessenden played an important role in America at the time of the Civil War. He became Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury when the Union was facing financial turmoil. He was an honest, capable and patriotic politician whose story deserves to be known better than it is. Reading a biography of Fessenden as a high school scholar first turned me on the study of history. My kids make fun of me, but I enjoy it to this day.
Thanks for tuning in!