Thursday, January 24, 2008
Burton Hatlen, R.I.P.
Burton Hatlen died at the age of 71 this weekend in Bangor. Burt was the head of the UMaine Orono English Department for many years, including when I attended. Burt Hatlen brought a spunk, gravitas and monumentousness to UMaine that told even dumbass undergrads like me that I was going to school in a special place where lots of big stuff was happening and I was not just breaking rock at a loser place. But at the same time, Burt was completely approachable and the antonym of pompous and aloof. I miss him.