Category: Trueline Spotlight

Trueline Spotlight Matt Schwach

Trueline Spotlight: Going Gonzo

Reading Time: 4 minutes Like many late-stage baby boomers growing up on suburban Long Island in the 1960s, Matt Schwach abided by the rules set forth by his parents, Dot and Sherwood, and his teachers at Boardman Junior High School. That was, until he discovered Hunter S. Thompson. For a guy who learned how to read through the world…

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cherie-scott

Trueline Spotlight: The Maven of Mumbai

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cherie Scott’s earliest memories of living in Mumbai, India, are of her family’s small one-bedroom apartment—specifically, the kitchen. She’ll never forget the smells of cumin, cardamom and coriander, or the freshly baked pao and bottled milk delivered at the door. Living in a neighborhood filled with her Hindu, Muslim and Parsi-speaking neighbors, her life was…

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andrew wright

Trueline Spotlight: Striking a Chord Wherever He Goes

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s a saying in the performing arts to “shoot for the stars,” but bass-playing Andrew Wright and his Fugazi-inspired band “Red Medicine” never quite achieved lift off during his days touring New England as a student at the University of Maine at Farmington. A versatile musician (he plays everything from banjo to trombone), Wright was…

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Jason Pafundi Trueline Portland Maine

Trueline Spotlight: Once a Writer, Always a Writer

Reading Time: 3 minutes There was a time when Jason Pafundi wasn’t writing stories about loved ones or even people he just met.  But that ended by the time he was 10 and the rest is a tale that’s unwound from coast to coast.  Pafundi, a Trueline staff writer and digital content strategist, brings to his roles a direct manner, an undying love for the New York Mets, New York Knicks and the Washington Football Team, and a journalism career that began…

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Trueline Spotlight: Finding Acceptance in Rejection

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Kirk Dyson moved to Portland, Maine in 2013, to take a job as a journalism intern for the Portland Pirates hockey team (who have since moved and been replaced by the Maine Mariners) he thought he had it made. With his family’s support, he left Delaware County, Pennsylvania after college to chase his dream…

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emily holden

Trueline Spotlight: Making the Move from Stage Leaps to Law

Reading Time: 4 minutes Growing up in Fryeburg, Maine, Emily Holden found herself in a world where her neighbors were her relatives and almost everyone was an entrepreneur working out of their home—be it as a hairdresser, a seamstress making costumes for opera, or in her father’s case, an attorney. Holden joked that her first “legal” job was at…

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jody robbins

Trueline Spotlight: Going, Going, Gonzo

Reading Time: 4 minutes Whether the life details of Jody Robbins seep out through his creative writing—or through thousands of articles published over more than two decades—he’s got a knack for finding a captive audience. Growing up in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, his early days filled harvesting tobacco and hauling hay, Robbins found his love of literature on his family’s bookshelf….

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Trueline Spotlight: A Snapshot of Success

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s a corner of the world known by the Iroquois as “Ska-na-wis,” or “Long Swamp.” It was the home of a legendary band of horse thieves known as the Loomis Gang, who stole steeds throughout Oneida County. In 1875 it was known as the “Hops Capital of the World.” George Eastman, father of the Kodak…

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zachary brann trueline portland maine

Trueline Spotlight: Appreciating Cultural Diversity, Whether Near or Far

Reading Time: 3 minutes Zachary Brann remembers his fateful post-graduate trip to Portland in 2015. The University of Maine Orono graduate rolled into town, his pockets empty, having laid all his money down on an apartment. He was banking on the prospect of landing a job with a guy named Haj. With a kiss for good luck from his…

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David Harry Trueline

Trueline Spotlight: Expect the Unexpected

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Halloween came to Trueline last fall, the workday was punctuated by the click-clack of high heels echoing down the hallway, worn by a man wearing Buffalo plaid and wielding an axe. That “lumberjack” happened to be the new writer David Harry, a Monty Python aficionado, avid gardener and former reporter. And like the song…

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