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Michael Chaney

Joan Brooks

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Marshall Dodge of "Bert and I" fame was killed when struck from behind by a car while he was riding his bicycle on a back road in Hawaii, Wednesday, January 27 [1982]. That's a real loss for the State of Maine; Marshall was nothing short of an institution, and a beloved one at that. When it came to telling that particular kind of story — what I've come to call the "St. Botolph's Club tradition"-there was simply no-one who could touch him. He didn't invent the genre; generations of Maine-loving summer people before him did that. But he was the master of it, so very good that the simplest way to refer to that whole tradition is as "Bert and I stories." The guy was an artist. What more is there to say about that? — E.D.I.


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