In 2012, when 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, our main goal was to make a comedy motion picture based on classic old BERT AND I
characters and situations, and to produce other media projects that would make people laugh!
Soon after we signed the papers, Bob came to us and asked, "Is there any reason why 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 truly 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, all of 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 characters and stories, when they were old––and it was confirmed!
We also discovered that the children and grand-children of those original "old" fans felt a strong connection to those "old" storytelling lobstermen and their quirky friends, too! We started our online store in late 2013 with our BERT AND I...REBOOTED CDs, and soon added the original-album recordings on CD, books––then hats and T-shirts inspired by BERT AND I––to our inventory, thus becoming a one-stop shop for BERT AND I products.
We've loved hearing from customers who are longtime fans about how they first encountered BERT AND I many years ago; 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, even after all these many years!
What "About" the BERT AND I movie? Regrettably, that project didn't work out, but stay tuned, there still may be a *new* BERT AND I media project coming down the Maine Pike!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our Maine humor items, ordering, shipping, payments, returns, or anything else, OR if you'd like to tell US about when YOU first heard BERT AND I stories, please get in touch and tell us YOUR story! (We're all ears!) –– Cherie
Bob Bryan founded the BERT AND I legacy with Marshall Dodge in 1958,
and started the Quebec-Labrador Foundation
(QLF) in 1961. He died
on December 12, 2018.
In 1973 David Lyman founded the Maine Photographic Workshops––later known as the International Photographic and Film Workshops––in Rockport, Maine, where he hosted photographers and filmmakers from all over the world for 30 years. A long-ago student and associate at the Workshops, Cherie Hoyt produced and directed media projects in the Boston area "back in the day."