"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
A toast: to the memory of my Uncle Aubin, first Acadian premier of a Canadian province.
My mother's father was from Prince Edward Island, where his family traced its roots to the first Acadian settlers in 1720. His sister was married to Aubin Arsenault, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when I was very young and he was very old, during the summer of Expo '67. My own children can say they are related to two American presidents on their mother's side, and to a premier of Prince Edward Island on their father's.
Today marks the 250th anniversary of the Acadians' exile from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. When the English came to round up the Acadians in Prince Edward Island in 1758, my mother's forbears are said to have hid in the woods and thus escaped deportation. Years later, Uncle Aubin was one of the first Acadians from the Maritimes to pay an official visit to the Acadians (or Cajuns) of Louisiana.