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Local author Sawtell pens book

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 28, July 10, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Sarah Macllroy
BROWNVILLE AUTHOR Resident Bill Sawtell has recently finished his newest book. The Albion Antelope, a story about coach, educator and athletic director Ron Marks. The book, Sawtell's 30th, can be purchased locally at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft.

BROWNVILLE You don't have to wander too far in life before you bump into someone who has lived a story worth writing down.

For Brownville author Bill Sawtell, that man was Ron Marks, a coach Sawtell first met in the 1960s. Marks, who at that time was a coach for East Millinocket's Schenck High School, is the subject of Sawtell's new book, "The Albion Antelope."

"This book is the biography of a basketball and soccer coach (who served as a) sports official, administrator and a family man, as well as being an athlete," Sawtell said.

Although Mark's life story includes both wins and losses, Sawtell said the Albion native was someone whom he respected.

"I had always admired him," Sawtell explained. "I saw him quite frequently and had talked about it (writing the book) for quite a while before finally, I did it."

Research and writing helped Sawtell come to know the man better, he said.

"As I proceeded with my research one thing became apparent," he stated in the introduction to his book. "Ron Marks is more than the total of the coach of the year awards or the state championships he has garnered. Ron Marks is a very caring individual, caring enough to maintain records of all his former players so this work could be realized."

Sawtell's book also touches on one of the more controversial elements of Mark's career - his resignation from Schenck.

"His resignation at Schenck and its underlying reasons are but a postscript far overshadowed by the multitude of his (Mark's) accomplishments, Sawtell stated in his book.

After a year's worth of work, interviewing and writing, Sawtell finished the 143-page book compete with photos and news clippings from Mark's life in addition to a cover illustration local artist Allen Monroe.

Sawtell, who has been writing for the past years, said this book was special for him because of the years he has spent getting to know the local coach.

"A lot of the information used in this book, I got straight from the source," he said.

Sawtell's book, "The Albion Antelope: Ron Marks Story " is available at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft, Borders Bookstore in Bangor and other stores around the area.

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