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Football Hero Y.A. Tittle

I played backyard football during the 1960’s pretending to be football hero Y.A. Tittle who passed away October 8, 2017, age 90. He played quarterback for the NY Giants from 1961 to 1964, and held the single season record of

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Fond Memories of Derby Hill

Growing up in the 1950’s with an appreciation of the simple things in nature brings back fond memories of Derby Hill in Derby, Maine. The photo shown was taken in 2011 with a view looking south from the top of

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Railroad Coal Tower and Pigeons

Iconic landmarks in Derby, Maine, bring back thoughts of small town living in the 1950’s like the railroad coal tower and pigeons. I’m not old enough to remember steam locomotives on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad that would have used

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80 Years Without a Championship

As a child in the 1950’s and early 60’s, our choices of Maine sports teams to support were limited to high school and college athletics. Imagine my Dad being born in Maine in 1920, and having lived 80 years without

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Derby Hill Halloween Haunted House

For several days leading up to Halloween in the early 1960’s in my hometown or Derby, Maine, several friends and I worked diligently to convert an upstairs barn loft into a Halloween Haunted House. The Kinney home was the first

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The Torpedo Incident of 1959

Memories of Growin’ Up in Maine reveal flirting with death foolishly more than once. Readers may recall a previous close call while running spring river rapids on a log raft with 1 of my 4 brothers. He was also involved

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