Archives for January 12, 2012

Vintage Chamberlain Fits to a T


Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor-winning hero of Gettysburg, governor of Maine and president of the College, is now emblazoned on a what-could-be-cooler-or-more-vintage T-shirt.

“Chamberlain is the quintessential Mainer,” says the shirt’s creator, Jeff Lauzier, president of  Loyal Citizen Clothing. “A hard working, soft spoken man of God and man of honor. He did what he did because it was right, not for recognition. This is our way of paying homage to him for his ideals and for his exuding what being a Mainer is all about.”

The Chamberlain shirts are sold through several stores including Joseph’s of Portland, whose proprietor, Joe Redman ’70, is part of a Bowdoin legacy that includes father Charles Redman Jr. ’42, uncle Mac Redman ’34 and brother Charles Redman III ’73. More about the Chamberlain T-shirts here.

‘My Lost Youth’ Inspired by Famous Sea Battle (The Atlantic)



During the War of 1812, a six-year-old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Class of 1825, witnessed a sea battle between the British Boxer and the USS Enterprise off of the coast of Portland that he would later immortalize, along with the two young captains who died in the fight, in his poem, “My Lost Youth.” A new book by David Hanna, Knights of the Sea, dives into the history of that famous battle.

Speaking English: A Poem for Those Who Appreciate Quirks of the Language (The Poke)



English can be a difficult language to learn, with seemingly no rhyme nor reason to myriad pronunciations.

The British website The Poke offers a poem that rivals the tongue twisters of America’s Dr. Seuss with the challenge, “If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90 percent of the native English speakers in the world.”

The State Department’s Foreign Service Institute compiles approximate learning expectations for its professional staff.

Of the 63 languages analyzed, finds the five most difficult to learn to be Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

Foolproof Tips For Driving in the Snow (The Street)


More than a third of the way through January, Brunswick and most of the rest of Maine are just now getting the first “real” snowstorm of the season (those one-to-three-inch “dustings” don’t really count for the hardiest of Mainers).

Still, the first big snow event of the year, no matter when or where it falls, tends to give motorists a crash course in winter driving.

Winter driving school instructor Mark Cox suggests five ways to stay safe while driving in snow.