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John Cole

John Cole

John N. Cole (1923-2003), avid sport fisherman, amateur naturalist, and honored journalist, started working in Maine at the old Kennebunk Star in 1958. A decade later, he co-founded Maine Times, a unique and daring newspaper that emerged as an influential voice in Maine during the 1970s.

His three decades of heartfelt essays – which began as "John's Column" during those early days at the Maine Times – are among the best writing on the outdoors ever produced in the state.

After In Maine was first published in 1974, Cole wrote more than a dozen books, many touching similar themes and passions, including Striper, Fishing Came First, Fish of My Years and Life List.

Cole also served as editor of the Bath-Brunswick Times Record and the former Brunswick Record and as contributing editor to New Shelter and Outdoor Life magazines. His articles appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated, Life, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly and Smithsonian, among others.

Cole received the Yankee Quill Award from the Academy of New England Journalists in 1973 and the Outdoor Life Award for Environmental Writing from President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He was inducted into the Maine Press Hall of Fame in 2000.

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