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Bristol Area Lions hear John McDonald 09/14/2009

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At their Sept. 8, meeting the Bristol Area Lions enjoyed hearing from John McDonald, a Maine Storyteller. His calling may have begun with the Lions organization as his father served as a Tail Twister with another Maine Lions club.

John McDonald started his career in Maine as a news reporter for the Bangor Daily News. This led to his writing a column featuring Down East stories. McDonald hosts a popular weekly talk show on WGAN in Portland. He also is the author of the classic Maine humor book “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar”, as well as “Down the Road A Piece: A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine” and his most recent book “The Maine Dictionary.”

The latter two books were available and purchased by several members and guests and autographed. All of the proceeds of the book sales will be donated to the Maine Storytellers to finance visits to schools throughout Maine to introduce them to this unique brand of humor.

“The Maine Dictionary” is a must have for anyone “from away” who wants to understand a Mainer. It features Maine words and their definitions; it’s about Maine culture and tall tales. The book has 300 lexical gems and 50 cartoons from Boston Globe cartoonist Peter Wallace. For those who missed the meeting it is available at Maine Coast Book Shop.

Among the stories he told was one about being lost while taking a short cut between Belfast and Bangor. “He saw a young man standing next to a field and pulled over to the side of the road for directions. It was immediately evident from the blank stare that there was nobody home upstairs, but no one else was in sight and he was running late and hopelessly lost. So he asked: How do you get to Bangor? After a few minutes came the reply: My father takes me.”

This meeting was “bring a guest” meeting to introduce friends and neighbors to the service activities of the Bristol Area Lions. It is hoped that some of them will return to hear our next speaker who will present a more serious talk. The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on Mon., Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall.

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