And to think he didn’t even plan to go to college. This was 1957 and Earl Smith, who would eventually become the first and thus far only dean of the college at Colby, was three days from graduation from Waterville High School. No one in his family had a college degree and Smith entertained no notion of being the first. So when a vocational teacher at the high school told him of a job working nights in the mechanical department at the Morning Sentinel, Smith thought about it.


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