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Mel Allen

Biography:

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.
Prudence Island During Winter

Prudence Island During Winter

17 votes, 3.88 avg. rating (77% 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

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

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

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

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

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% 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

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

Even though she’s been gone for more than 11 years, Julia Child remains America’s sauciest and most famous... Read More »

Baxter State Park | New England’s Gifts

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

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

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

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

1 vote, 2.00 avg. rating (59% 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

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% 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

1 vote, 1.00 avg. rating (49% 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

1 vote, 2.00 avg. rating (59% 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 »

Muhammad Ali Vs. Sonny Liston | 50th Anniversary

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

Excerpt from “The Night Lewiston, Maine, Can Never Forget,” Yankee Magazine, May, 1979. The rematch for the heavyweight... Read More »

Nubble Light | Maine’s Favorite Lighthouse

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

Barely 200 feet from the shallows of long sands beach, Cape Neddick Light perches so handsomely on its... 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 »

Maine Windjammer | Sailing the Penobscot Bay

Maine Windjammer | Sailing the Penobscot Bay

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

We board the schooner American Eagle in the late-summer darkness, the last of the 26 passengers to arrive... Read More »

Thoreau’s Maine | A Photo Story of Adventure

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

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

A Tour of the March/April 2015 Issue

8 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (84% score)

Yankee’s March/April issue is on newsstands now. Subscribe today! Read More »

Wil Smith’s Fast Break | Yankee Classic

7 votes, 4.71 avg. rating (92% score)

Remembering Wil Smith (1968-Feb.22, 2015) In my over 35 years writing stories for Yankee about the people who... Read More »

Here in New England: Hank, a Well-Traveled Dog

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

There are stories that belong to a place as much as landscape or houses or the people who... Read More »

2013 Boston Marathon | The Memories We Choose

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

Yes, terror and chaos came to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. But what came after can... Read More »

Winter Olympics | A New England Perspective

Winter Olympics | A New England Perspective

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Until February 23 when the 22nd Winter Olympics end in Sochi, Russia, the Olympics competitions will hold many... Read More »

Red Sox Win 2013 World Series!

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

There were generations of Boston Red Sox fans for whom October meant falling dreams and spirits along with... Read More »



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