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History roadshow takes on the news

Jan 10, 2020

Rockport/Belfast — Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for the 13th year of their 100-minute History Roadshow. Each year they choose their topic as something vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference. It is informative, humorous and above all, entertaining.

Consistent with the 2020 Camden Conference theme, Mac and Tom will present “The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV.”

The show takes place Friday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.; and Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast. No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated.

Among the characters viewers will meet are: Jean-Paul Marat, journalist of the revolution; Benjamin Day, the first media tycoon (everyone before him in the newspaper business went broke); William Lloyd Garrison, who had to be jailed to avoid a lynching for his outrageous opinions; author, publisher, escaped slave, and miscegenist Frederick Douglass; Ed Murrow and the “Murrow Boys;” Lawrence Gobright who best articulated the ethic of journalism; and the shadowy James Thompson Callender, America’s first investigative reporter, and the first one to pay for practicing that trade with his life.

Tom DeMarco is the author of 16 books (the speculative novel "The One-way Time Traveler" is his latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think-tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East. He had a subsequent career with Merrill Lynch International, mostly in South America and Asia, and has been a regular columnist with The Free Press.

This free event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference — "The Media Revolution: Changing the World," Feb. 21-23, live at the Camden Opera House and live streamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit or call 236-1034.

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