(Press play to hear Marcel’s Story)
Radio Production by Christopher Hoff
Portrait by Emile B. Klein, oil on canvas, mounted on panel, 9×12″
(see face in person)
Journey of a “Pontiac Dancer”–
Marcel Donaj’ s life-journey has been a twisted braid of whiskered experience and strong jawed emotion, wound tight with gentle laughter and tinges of pain. Marcel spent his late teens dancing with a 1960 Pontiac; from York Beach to Williamstown, “ in two-and-a-half hours, flat!” As a young, work-ethic-laced father, the Boston Maine Railroad kept his direction true and his family alone. Crates overflowing with black and white negatives and piles of memory-chipstored photographs await resurrection. A self-proclaimed lover of automobiles and all things related, Marcel is a driven-driver, a builder of bridges, an ex-tepee dweller, and a known-to-be-no-billboard-immune, graffiti artist. The poem below is dedicated to this multilayered man. Gently peel apart the lines to see inside.