Tonight, as David Letterman bids farewell to TV Land with his final Late Show, head writer Matt Roberts ’93 will also say goodbye to the only place he’s worked since graduating from Bowdoin 22 years ago. Look for an excellent interview with Roberts in the upcoming spring issue of Bowdoin Magazine, in which he talks to fellow comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 about college radio, career paths, comedy, and writing for Letterman.
In his new memoir to be released Tuesday, former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell ’54 writes about growing up in Maine, his years as a student at Bowdoin, and what it takes to be an effective negotiator. Published by Simon & Schuster, Mitchell’s fifth book looks back at his years in law and politics as well as life after the Senate, from leading the Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games.
Six Bowdoin alumni — Scott Corwin ’80, Dave McNeil ’80, Steve McNeil ’81, John Hart ’84, Chris Simon ’84 and John McGeough ’87 — helped the New England Polar Bears overtake the Rhode Island Reds, 6-5, to win the USA Hockey Tier 2 over 50 Men’s National Championship held April 19, 2015, in Tampa, Florida.
The team went 5-0 in the tournament, and five of the six goals in the championship game were scored by Bowdoin players. This is the Polar Bears’ third trip to Nationals and the first time they won.
“I will tell you that we all had a great time and it was reminiscent of similar times in Brunswick,” says Corwin. “Winning never gets old.” The cool jerseys with the familiar logo were donated by David Nectow ’83, owner of Pure Hockey.
This year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors includes an alumnus and a former faculty member.
All The Light We Cannot See, the best-selling World War II novel by Anthony Doerr ’95, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Allen Wells, Bowdoin’s Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History, spoke with Doerr about the book’s success and how Doerr’s history major from Bowdoin informs his work. Read the interview.
David Kertzer, a former professor in Bowdoin’s sociology and anthropology department (1973-1992) — currently the chair of anthropology at Brown — has won the Pulitzer Prize for biography-autobiography for his book, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. Kertzer, who spends summers in Harpswell, delivered the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day address, “The Perils of Anti-Intellectualism,” in 2008.
More on the winners in the Daily Beast article, “Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners.”