Featured interviews on "Trails, Rails and Roads"
Forest Bunker, Retired Engineer, Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Ever since he was a small boy, Forest Bunker knew he wanted to
be an engineer. The first time he rode a train was in 1918, when
he went with his mother from Bangor to Van Buren to visit his
grandparents. Forest worked for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
from 1942 until 1975.
Wayne Duplisea, Retired Engineer, Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Wayne Duplisea retired from the Bangor and Aroostook
Railroad in 1986, after 43 years of service. Following the steps
of his father and uncle, he became a steam locomotive engineer
after only three years as a locomotive fireman, making him, at
21, the youngest engineer on the railroad and in the history of
Eldred Rolfe, Professor of Geography, University of Maine,
Eldred Rolfe grew up in Western Maine and attended Farmington
State Teachers College. He then went on to earn his MA and Ph.D.
at Michigan State University before returning to Farmington.
He has been a professor at UMF since 1966 and has had two stints
as chair, first of the Geography Department then, later, of the
Department of Social Sciences and Business. His interests are
in world population issues, political and economic geography,
and the geography of Maine. He has recently completed the fourth
edition of his popular book the Geography of Maine.
Kathleen Shea, Education Coordinator, Maine Historical Society
Kathleen A. Shea is the Education Coordinator at Maine Historical
Society. She is a graduate of Colby College and received her
MA in American and New England Studies from the University of
Southern Maine. She is an avid historian of the 20th
century roadside and has studied and written about the history
of Route 1 in Maine. Formerly the Coordinator of Educational
Programs and Events at Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth,
NH, Kathleen has also served as Museum Guide/Teacher at the Mark
Twain Memorial and Stowe-Day Foundation sites in Hartford, CT.