Author Bio Introduction
Three generations of the Degerstrom family lived in Derby, Maine from the early to late 1900's. This small railroad town was more like a suburb of Milo with 2,800 combined population.
The 25 year old portrait here with my wife was taken Down Back in Derby, Maine, one of my favorite childhood places Growin' Up in Maine.
Send me your story for consideration by email.
- ► 2012 (11)
- ▼ Aug 2010 (4)
- ► 2008 (43)
Main(e) Links to Maine Sites and Blogs
- A Red Sox State of Maine
- All Things Maine
- Fearless Nesting
- Joe Perham - Maine Humorist
- Laugh Maine Black Fly Blog
- Life on Penobscot Bay
- Maine Exile Products Website
- Maine Food & Lifestyle
- Maine Humor with Gary Crocker
- Maine Life
- Maine Moose Tours and Gifts
- Maine Nature News
- Maine USA
- Mainely Thoughts
- Milo Historical Society
- My Corner of Maine
- Northern Maine Pictures
- State of Maine, Official Website
- Stephanie Taylor Photography
- The Backwards of Maine
- The Heart of New England
- Three Rivers Community - Milo News
- Through My Lens in Maine - Dana Moos
- Upper Andro Anglers Alliance
- Wisdom Weasel
Subscribe and Other Links
Derby, population 300, had no airport. Milo did if you count that grassy strip near the drive-in theater on the edge of town. That's where I took my first plane ride ever in July 1957 in a single engine Piper Cub at age 8.
The drive-in movie theater and Milo Municipal Airport (kidding about the name) were near the home of my grandparents on outer Elm Street. A chance visit to see them while a man was giving plane rides nearby was truly a rare opportunity in a rural small town. A day later and that field was just a field again. When asked I did not hesitate!
The excitement and view while flying at 2-3000 feet for 10 minutes was an unimaginable thrill. Prior to the plane ride the closest I came to a bird's eye view of the world was 50 feet up near the top of a pine tree. Since that experience so early in life I've never known fear on any carnival ride.
I could not imagine back in '57, yet the next ride in a Piper Cub would be 14 years later over Laos on Air America, the airline of the CIA in Southeast Asia. I cannot reveal details of that mission, yet by comparison and as a child on that first plane ride ever, in 1957 we didn't worry about people shooting at us. Despite the circumstances and compared to jets, I still liked the thrill of that plane ride, too!
TAGS: Maine stories Milo piper cub plane