Stinnett, Caskie (1911 - 1998)
Born in Remington, Virginia on August 25, 1911, but 'a Mainer by inclination,' Stinnett wrote the monthly 'Room with a View' column in Down East magazine for 26 years, reflecting on Maine life and his own life lived on a private island -- Hamloaf Island -- in Casco Bay, near Brunswick. Stinnett was the founding editor of Travel and Leisure magazine, editor of Holiday magazine (editor-in-chief, 1967-1970), and a past president of the Society of American Travel Writers.
He also wrote pieces for The Atlantic Monthly, Realities, and The Saturday Evening Post. Prior to his writing career, he was a reporter with the News-Leader in Staunton, Virginia from 1932 to 1936, and an information specialist for the U.S. government from 1936 to 1945. He worked for Curtis Publishing Company from 1945 to 1962.
- Will Not Run February 22nd. (1956)
- Out of the Red (1960)
- Back to Abnormal (1963)
- Grand and Private Pleasures (1977),
- One Man's Island (1984; collections of 'Room with a View' columns)
- Slightly Offshore: More Reflections on Contemporary Life from a Small Maine Island (1992; more 'Room with a View' columns, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen)
Stinnett wrote the preface for Herman Silverman's Michener and Me: A Memoir (1999) and the introduction to Fodor's New England (1978). He died November 5, 1998 at home in Wayne, Pennsylvania; a private memorial service took place on his Maine island.