Anyone active in Maine’s outdoors scene either knows or knows of George Smith.

For 18 years, he served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He also hosted a TV show called Wildfire, and is perhaps best known for his articles, columns, blogs and books about the Maine outdoors, sporting camps and the sights and sounds of the state he loves.

In one of those columns last week, Smith revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS.

Maine Calling’s Jennifer Rooks spoke with Smith and with Nell Davies from the ALS Foundation on Friday.

George Smith

Jan 12, 2018

Well-known Maine outdoorsman George Smith recently announced he has been diagnosed with ALS.  George joins us to discuss the diagnosis and how it has – and hasn’t – changed his life.  Also joining the conversation is the doctor who diagnosed George.

Guests: George Smith is a full-time writer, he writes about hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, current events and issues, book reviews, and travel, and has been honored with awards from the Maine Press Association. He was the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for 18 years. He writes monthly columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine (for more than 30 years), a weekly editorial-page column for central Maine’s two daily newspapers (for 25 years), and a travel column that he and Linda write for central Maine's two daily newspapers (for five years). He is the author of A Life Lived Outdoors.

Nell Davies, Care Services Coordinator with the ALS Northern New England Chapter

The DVD jacket for Imber's Left Hand

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., August 17 at 10:00 pm

Imber's Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one's death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.