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Mel Allen


Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans more than three decades, during which he has edited and written for every section of the magazine, including home, food, and travel. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, fished with the legendary Ted Williams, picked potatoes in Aroostook County, and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. Mel teaches magazine writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son. His column, “Here in New England,” is a 2012 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalist for the category Column.

‘All Aboard for Quisset’ | Timeless New England

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Baldwin Coolidge found inspiration in the comings and goings of Woods Hole scientists and students. The intersection of... Read More »

Hiking the Presidential Range, New Hampshire

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Two intrepid photographers trek hut to hut across Presidential Range, New Hampshire, and discover hardship, pain, beauty, and... Read More »

New Territory | Inside Yankee

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The first story I published in Yankee was in 1977. I wrote it in longhand on yellow lined... Read More »

Missing Molly Bish

2 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (72% score)

On June 27, 2000, 16-year-old Molly Bish vanished without a trace.  Her parents vow:  “We’ll never stop searching. ... Read More »

Ali Vs. Liston | The Night Lewiston, Maine Can Never Forget

8 votes, 3.68 avg. rating (74% score)

The May 25, 1965 Ali vs.Liston fight for heavyweight champion of the world was supposed to make Lewiston,... Read More »

The Allen Sisters | Timeless New England

6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

The Allen sisters, Frances and Mary, found uncommon beauty in the people and landscape of Deerfield, Massachusetts. For three... Read More »

I Know Just the Place | Inside Yankee

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

There’s a little of the concierge in many of us who live in New England. We like to... Read More »

Fishing Buddies

4 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (91% score)

When Ted Williams and Bud Leavitt go fishing, as they’ve been doing for more than 40 years, something... Read More »

Tuckerman Ravine | Timeless New England

16 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Harold Orne captured the thrill and the drama of skiing New Hampshire’s awesome Tuckerman Ravine. In April 4,... Read More »

Prudence Island During Winter

Prudence Island During Winter

18 votes, 3.94 avg. rating (78% score)

When the cold settles on Prudence Island in the middle of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, the 150 year-round... Read More »

A Letter to Our Readers

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I know in most instances you’ll glance at an editor’s letter and zip by. I’m the new editor... Read More »

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

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On a cold winter Saturday, I did something you can do at only one place on earth —... Read More »

Christmas Reflections

6 votes, 3.17 avg. rating (65% score)

Verner Reed’s photographs preserve moments large and small of how New Englanders lived 60 years ago. When Verner... Read More »

Doug Flutie Loses Both Parents Within an Hour of Each Other

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Doug Flutie, one of the most famous athletes to come from New England, has always credited his parents,... Read More »

Julia Child’s Kitchen | New England’s Gifts

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Thousands of viewers tuned in to see Julia Child’s kitchen, which they saw as an extension of their... Read More »

Baxter State Park | New England’s Gifts

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We’d been climbing Katahdin in the near darkness, lighting our way from Chimney Pond over the boulder-strewn Saddle... Read More »

The Pan-Mass Challenge | New England’s Gifts

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The Pan-Mass Challenge — The Ride That Won’t Stop There are people who possess a gift they don’t... Read More »

The Biggest Wind | New England’s Gifts

2 votes, 2.00 avg. rating (52% score)

In New England there’s cold and then there’s “braggin’ cold,” and those who live in the North Country... Read More »

Bill Staines | New England’s Gifts

2 votes, 3.00 avg. rating (66% score)

I first saw Bill Staines perform at The Folkway in Peterborough, New Hampshire. It was 1979, and my... Read More »

Cape Neddick Light | New England’s Gifts

2 votes, 3.00 avg. rating (66% score)

Lighthouses  speak to us of lives both spare and romantic. Barely 200 feet from the shallows of Maine’s... Read More »

Judson D. Hale Sr. | New England’s Gifts

3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)

I know this to be true: If Jud (“with one D,” he reminds everyone) Hale, Yankee’s editor-in-chief, had... Read More »

9/11 Started Here | Yankee Classic

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

After all those years working the dawn flights at Logan, and then for 16 more at Portland, Mike... Read More »

Life After Samantha Smith | <i>Yankee</i> Classic

Life After Samantha Smith | Yankee Classic

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Wherever she appears, Jane Smith of Manchester; Maine, knows with absolute certainty how she will be introduced to... Read More »

Journey to Thoreau’s Maine

6 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (91% score)

In mid-May 2014, they came together on Indian Island, the heart of the Penobscot Nation. They were Thoreau... Read More »

Nubble Light | Maine’s Favorite Lighthouse

9 votes, 4.81 avg. rating (94% score)

Cape Neddick Light perches so handsomely on Nubble Island that we call it simply “Nubble Light.” This southernmost... Read More »

Off-Season on Maine’s Southern Coast

6 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

Off-season travelers to Maine’s Southern Coast leave with memories for a lifetime. I know of few things more... Read More »

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Having Park Director Buzz Caverly show you around Baxter State Park is like having Emeril teach you how... Read More »

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