Your Letters From the February 2017 Issue

Send letters to Editor Rick Broussard, New Hampshire Magazine, 150 Dow St. Manchester, NH 03101 or e-mail him at

Old Man of the Mountain?
When I first saw the cover of your January issue, I thought it carried a dated photo of the Old Man of the Mountain. After speaking with Hooligan himself — a friend and backwoods contrarian confrère since 1975 — I realized that I was only half wrong. But I’m not writing primarily about the cover.

I read author Anders Morley’s story about John Harrigan (“Hooligan” to me, or simply “Hool,” pronounced like an owl with an overbite) [“The King of the North,” January 2017] with great interest and respect.  Morley absolutely captured his essence. He understood this character — which may be considered rare enough — and, beyond that, he was able to sketch him into words as few could, with even his writer’s voice complementing if not paralleling Hooligan’s.  Excellent rendition. Please tell him I said so.

Morley hit the basic honed tastes and history of this character, and presented a few tidbits I’d either never heard or had forgotten. But that’s Hooligan’s story for you — always some new piece of history.  And those pieces are best brought out by a kindred spirit, which Morley apparently is.  Anyway, Morley’s was a great bio.

I also enjoyed your column about Bucky and knowing Hool [“Editor’s Note,” January 2017], and I especially appreciate the level to which you’ve brought NH Magazine in your time as editor. Congrats, Rick; it’s looking great.

I moved back to NH at least three times from various parts of the lower 48 before settling here in Alaska, but I still have family, friends, and sometimes some work back there, so it’s nice to keep a litmus-check on things, including through your magazine. 

Thank you for your fine work, and I trust that both you and Anders will keep your fires and inspirations going.

Jeff Fair
Palmer, Alaska

Don’t Forget Snowmobiling
I look forward to your fine magazine each month, and I was especially interested in the January 2017 edition for two reasons: First, I’ve been a longtime fan of John Harrigan’s columns about [life] north of the notches [“The King of the North,” January 2017], and second, the cover headline a “Guide to Winter Sports” [“Get Out There!,” January 2017]. As one who has enjoyed New Hampshire in the winter for many years, I’ve skied (downhill mostly), skated and snowmobiled since I acquired my first “snow machine” in 1968. However, in reading the article, there was not even a mention of snowmobiling!

It appears that the writer of the article has not been exposed to the sport, but here are a few facts: 

There are about 110 snowmobile clubs in New Hampshire that create and maintain around 7,000 miles of trails, nearly all through volunteer labor.

There is a partnership between the clubs and the NH Bureau of Trails that manages a grant-in-aid program, funded by registration fees, to aid in the purchase of grooming equipment and trail construction.

Most of the trails are on private land, which is made possible by the broad landowner protection laws and the $2 million liability insurance program granted to permissive landowners.

The thousands of snowmobilers who live and come to New Hampshire generate substantial amounts of revenue for the service and tourism industry. As an aside, many groomed snowmobile trails are used by cross-country skiers, snowshoers and pedestrians who find these trails a safer alternative to walking on narrow, plowed roadways.

I could go on, but I hope in future issues about winter sports snowmobiling won’t be overlooked. For more information, one can look up the NH Snowmobile Association.

Bob Lundgren

Editor’s Note: We’ll add to the list of facts that the snowmobile was invented in New Hampshire (after a fashion). In 1917, Virgil D. White, a Ford dealer in West Ossipee, received a patent for an attachment designed to convert a Model T into a “snowmobile,” a term he also coined and patented. Perhaps next year’s winter sports guide will be about New Hampshire firsts — we’re also home to the first ski school.

Different Realities
I hardly consider New Hampshire Magazine a source of cutting-edge journalism, but I was surprised by some of the negative comments from your readers about the Pam Smart article [“Innocent?” November 2016]. What kind of alternate universe do these people live in? Instead of dealing with today’s Orwellian realities, they prefer to dwell in a Rockwellian past inhabited by characters from the Saturday Evening Post.  No wonder young people are fleeing the state in droves.

Bill Stelling

Short and Sweet
Keep up the [newt] challenge, a monthly treat. The New Hampshire Magazine is really neat.

Bill Tighe
New London

Editor’s Note: We received the following letter in error (it seems intended for Eastern Airlines). We’re not in the habit of publishing letters meant for other magazines, but the idea of an apple pie with crushed gingersnaps sounds delicious. In the interest of trying this ourselves, if anyone has such a recipe, then please send it to us. We’ll also share it with Joyce.

Pie Dreams
Years ago we were receiving your magazine (Eastern Airlines in Charlotte, North Carolina probably in the 1980s), and there was a recipe for an apple pie that had crushed gingersnaps in the pie mix. I still remember that pie and the recipe a little, but I have misplaced it. I have looked everywhere I know to look for it. If you or any of your staff have the recipe, I would appreciate getting it from you. Thank you.

Joyce Rick
Winton Products Company Inc.


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