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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Maine Public’s Tell Me More Tour Comes to Millinocket on July 18th (Thu. 18 Jul, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

The Maine Public News Team is traveling across Maine to hear what listeners and viewers have to say this summer. The next stop on their road trip will take Keith Shortall and Jennifer Rooks to the North Light Gallery Annex in Millinocket on Thursday, July 18. The Tell Me More tour brings new personalities to communities across the state to find out what is going on in each community, what are developments worthy of celebrating and what types of news stories and coverage are important to each community. "We can't fulfill our vision to tell the whole Maine story without you," said Mark Vogelzang, CEO and President of Maine Public. "The goal of our tour is to help us learn how Maine Public can serve your community and how to keep you best informed."  This Tell Me More stop wil include a talk led by Senior Editor Keith Shortall with Jennifer Rooks as a special guest. All Tell Me More tour stops are free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  What: Maine Public Tell Me More Tour Where: North Light Gallery Annex, 256 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket, ME 04462 When: 2:00-3:30pm, Thursday, July 18th Who: Senior Editor Keith Shortall with Jennifer Rooks. The full Tell Me More Tour Schedule and details can be found at mainepublic.org.  

Author Talk and Book Signing: John Eisenberg "The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire” (Thu. 18 Jul, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Today the NFL is one of world's most popular sports league and brings in almost $15 billion in revenue annually, but few know of the organization’s humble beginnings. Join author and Baltimore Raven’s columnist John Eisenberg as he talks about his book “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire” on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Booklist writes that “fans who only know the league as it exists today will be shocked and fascinated by its early years.”   Eisenberg extensively researched the beginnings of the NFL and interviewed family members of the founders to show just how the league got its start. “The League” sheds a light on the work of the five founders, George Halas (Chicago Bears), Tim Mara (New York Giants), Bert Bell (Philadelphia Eagles), Art Rooney (Pittsburgh Steelers), and George Preston Marshall (Washington Redskins) and Eisenberg brings readers into the backrooms where they built their business and onto the dirt fields on which their game first flourished. He highlights the hard scrapple beginnings of the league where players piled onto buses and stayed at local YMCA’s for road games, packed their own lunches, and were even paid in IOUs one season. Eisenberg shows the early NFL survived only because each of the founders brought to it a particular skill; Marshall had a nose for business, Halas the innovative football mind, Rooney the gambler’s eye for the main chance, Mara the chutzpah and Bell the managerial talent. Together they did it all – finding the stadiums and the crowds to fill them, coaching the teams (and even taking the field in a pinch) and marketing their product, even while squabbling among themselves over matters of profit and prestige. However, they usually put aside their hard feelings for the sake of the league, sometimes damaging their own team’s prospects to achieve long-term progress. Eisenberg also pulls back the curtain to reveal how the founders constantly tweaked the game in order to make it more appealing to fans, and how such a struggling league evolved into what it is today.   In a starred review, Kirkus writes, “A rich history of the rise of the National Football League from its virtual obscurity at its genesis in the 1920s to its position as an economic and cultural powerhouse today… Thoroughly researched and gracefully told… An engaging and informative cultural history, on and off the gridiron.” Ernie Accorsi, former General Manager of the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and New York Giants, writes, “We have had some terrific owners since the first half of the 20th century but founders are founders, and this is their marvelous story—how they survived the Great Depression and a World War, scrambling to make their player payrolls from week to week. They did it through their incredible character, loyalty to each other, and their love of the game—and they built the greatest sports league in America.”   Eisenberg, a native of Dallas, Texas and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, started out covering the “Friday Night Lights” for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald in 1979. After rising through the ranks to cover pro basketball, he joined the staff of the Baltimore Sun. For the next 23 years, he wrote columns in the Sun about the Orioles, Ravens and Maryland Terrapins and covered major events such as the World Series, Super Bowl and Olympics. His honors included several firsts in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors’ contest. Since 2012, he has written columns on the Ravens’ website. He also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine and the author of ten books about sports including “The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, and Baseball's Most Historic Record” and “Ten-Gallon War: The NFL's Cowboys, the AFL's Texans and the Feud for Dallas's Pro Football Future.” Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland.   Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information on Eisenberg visit johneisenberg.com and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.   

A Night of Jazz with the World-Renowned Spider Saloff (Thu. 18 Jul, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Please join us for a night of jazz with world-renowned jazz singer, Spider Saloff, at The Old Town House, Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:00PM, 128 Town House Road, Union, ME. Spider is generously donating her time and talent with all proceeds to benefit the Cancer Support Center of Maine, for prevention programs and assisting cancer patients and their loved ones. Maine has among the highest cancer rates in the country, and this event will raise much needed funds for cancer education, outreach, and direct one-on-one assistance for cancer patients and their loved ones. Spider’s performances have graced national and international stages, with her cool vocal style reminiscent of Peggy Lee. Her renditions of works by Cole Porter are legendary! Please consider becoming a sponsor, attending the event, purchasing a ticket/s for survivors to attend, or donate as you feel lead. Any amount you could contribute is a big help. To reserve your tickets at $25 each and for more information about this event or our organization, please call the office at 207-322-0960. On behalf of all those we serve, thank you! We very much appreciate your support!


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