In 2012, when my partner, David Lyman, and I licensed the rights to "BERT AND I" from founder Robert (Bob) Bryan, and started The Bert and I Company of Maine, we hoped to make a comedy motion picture based on classic Bert and I characters and situations, along with other projects that would make people laugh.
Soon after we signed the papers, Bob came to us and asked, "Is there any reason I couldn't make a NEW Bert and I album with Tim Sample, under the new company?" We were thrilled with the prospect, and said, "Let's go for it!"
As producer, I had a blast working with these two very funny men on what would become the first new "Bert and I" recording in more than 35 years.
We released our new CD, BERT AND I... REBOOTED
in October of 2013 to a fine reception in Maine, New England, and beyond. We'd had a hunch that folks who were young a few decades ago (as we were) would still remember and love Bert and I, and it was confirmed! We also found that the children
and grandchildren of those "old" fans felt a strong connection to those "old" storytelling lobstermen and their quirky friends, too!
We added the original-album recordings on CD, books, and Bert-and-I-inspired hats and
T-shirts to our online inventory in 2014 to be-come a one-stop shop for Bert and I products.
We've loved hearing from our customers who are longtime
fans about how they first encountered Bert and I "back in the day," and it has been great fun to introduce folks who hadn't yet met it to real old-time Down East humor, which, we contend, never gets old. It's still funny after
all these years!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our products, shipping, payments, returns, ordering, or anything else, please get
in touch with me by email
Cherie Hoyt, Bob Bryan, and David Lyman at Bob's boathouse, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 2011.
What about that comedy motion picture? Unfortunately, the movie project has not panned out, but other projects––possibly a Bert-and-I/Maine-humor-oriented radio program or podcast––may yet be launched. Stay tuned!
Bob Bryan founded the BERT AND I legacy with Marshall Dodge in 1958, and started the Quebec-Labrador Foundation in 1961. David founded and ran the International Photographic & Film Workshops in Rockport, ME for 30+ years starting in 1973. A long-ago student and associate at the Workshops, Cherie produced and directed media projects in the Boston area.