Ged Carbone

The Ghosts of Charlestown’s Naval Auxiliary Air Station

Spirits of pilots and passengers haunt the deep woods of South County in an area exhumed by a lifelong Charlestown hobbyist.

The pilots who took off from Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Air Station were pioneers of night flying, the ghosts of south county but many of them didn’t make it. Some of their spirits may still be roaming the woods of Charlestown. Then the pitch of the engine changed, and Elsa Webster stopped to listen. The plane’s throaty roar picked up an…

The Great Race

Rhode Island lays claim to some of the best young laser sailors in the country, but in a nail-biting competition between the national champ and a gifted challenger, who will win?

On the back of his left hand, Luke Lawrence had written a message to himself in smudged black ink: “Cash Check Bank of America.” The check was for $3,000, money that Luke earned last summer for ten days of work in Scotland, where he taught Team USA’s youth sailing team the finer points of sailboat racing. Besides the three grand,…

Keith Stokes

As executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation in the worst economy since the Great Depression, Keith Stokes has his work cut out for him. Once criticized by Lincoln Chafee for his support of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios project, Stokes is now the governor’s right-hand man. But he’s no showboat.

Keith Stokes is one of Rhode Island’s most influential people, but no one would call him a party animal. On first meeting the woman who would become his wife, he expounded on a historic cemetery; on family vacations, he dragged his four children into archives and museums. His idea of a big weekend is to hit an arts festival.Yet this…

The Art of the Deal

Some people go treasure hunting on eBay and Craigslist, but auctioneer Mike Corcoran moves the merchandise the old-fashioned way, by shamelessly working the crowd.

At exactly 10:01 a.m., a minute after he is supposed to go onstage, Mike Corcoran bursts through the double doors of the auction barn like a gust of wind. The sound of his gruff, throaty voice rises in greeting: “What’s up? Hey there he is, how ya doin’ Dana? Hi Phil! The Roberges are here, all right. How ya doin’…

John Maeda Wants to Jump Start Your Brain

John Maeda is an artistic computer nerd who designed Reebok sneakers and is constantly challenging people’s ideas. But as RISD’s new president, the person he tests most of all is himself.

The new president of the Rhode Island School of Design is about to meet, for the first time, the mayor of Providence, his school’s home city. The president, John Maeda, has in tow two twenty-something-year-old men whom he wants to introduce to the mayor. More accurately, he wants them to introduce to Mayor David Cicilline the new product they’ve been…

The Tastemaker

Guiding the decorating desires of Newport socialites takes the skills of a diplomat as John Piexinho has discovered.

More than a decade later, oatsie charles still remembers the taste of a dessert that John Peixinho baked, a sweet concoction of poached meringue floating on creme anglaise in a burnt sugar sauce. Peixinho hosted a dinner that night for their mutual friend, Betty Blake, and it marked the first time that Mrs. Charles—the doyenne of Newport society—saw the inside…

Game Face

She’s a Jersey girl and a former PC basketball star. Now Doris Burke is calling the shots in the big league world of sports announcing.

She likes these sessions in the makeup artist’s chair, finds them a last chance to relax before the lights go up and the mike goes live, putting her on the spot to say something interesting about the basketball game quickly unfolding before her.“Do you have your iron?” Doris Burke says to the makeup artist, Alisha, a young woman with raven…