My grandparents always had plenty of magazines laying around. I always made a beeline for the mail slot in the front door when they were delivered. Sure, LIFE and LOOK were always favorites, especially for their photographs, but it was always Down East that intrigued me, long after the others had made it to the magazine rack next to the fireplace. What really piqued my interest was the section called North by East. It usually appeared near the front and contained essays, opinions culled from area editorial pages, a cartoon and a photo or a woodcut or two. Don't ask me why I went to this section first, because the reason still escapes me. There was some interesting stuff in that first August 1954 issue, that by the way only cost 25¢. In the Down East Homes section a beautiful colonial home in Camden was on the market for just $10,500. Imagine what that home would cost today. There was a photo of E.B. White in academic robes receiving an honorary degree from Harvard, and a short piece about a movie maker looking for 'a young beaver' to film. What? The magazine, that back then wanted to be a source of 'reflecting the beauty, the spirit, the unique and special qualities that make this corner of the world like no other place under the sun", is still very much alive and doing just that. It's still one of those monthly, glossy periodicals that I must get my hands on. In lots of ways, it's me. * magazines pictured: Maine Home, Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Maine and Down East.