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Eastman publishes autobiography
MEXICO- Local author and humorist Robt Eastman of Mexico has released a paperback version of his work, “Welcome to Mexico the Other Mexico.” The book is a series of short stories that documents what life was like for a young kid growing up in the small mill town during the 1950's and 60's.
His love of anything science frequently drove his parents to distraction. From his unique attempt to birth some baby chickens to an experiment with white pepper that sent his entire family running for the door; his curiosity was insatiable.
Genetics being what they are, he also sheds some light on what his father did that caused the power along their entire street to mysteriously fail.
Robert Eastman was born in Rumford on July 16, 1948 to Herbert J. and Elberta Holbrook Eastman of Mexico. They lived along River Road in the Ridlonville section of Mexico.
His dad worked at what was originally Oxford Paper Company. He was a WW II Army veteran and spent his time in the U.S. Army in the pacific theater. His mom, originally from Braintree, MA was a factory worker before moving to Maine.
Eastman attended Abbott Elementary School on Granite Street before entering the newly constructed seventh and eighth grade building located on the northern end of the old Mexico High School.
“I enjoyed my time in school,” noted Eastman. “I made a lot of life long friends, but was also a rather shy person which kept me away from most extra curricular activities. Science was my favorite subject in school. My extreme interest in the subject tended to get me in trouble with my parents because of my unbridled curiosity. I had a lot of fun throughout the discovery process, not so much for my parents.”
The book is available on-line from the publishing company Lulu.com or from Amazon.com. A limited number of copies are currently available for purchase at Dyers Electronics on Maine Street in Mexico.