Lionel A. “Lal” Lemieux was born in Augusta, Maine on January 23, 1911 to Quebecois immigrant parents. He was the tenth of twelve children, the first of two to graduate from high school, and the only one to attend college. He graduated from Cony High School in 1928 and from Bates College in 1933, majoring in history and government. He also debated under Brooks Quimby, and was a senior when Ed Muskie was a freshman. He began his career at Western Union, and worked throughout New England. In 1940, he took a position with the Lewiston Evening Journal, and covered the municipal governments of Lewiston and Auburn. From 1945 to 1956, he covered the Maine State House. In 1954, he became city editor of the Lewiston Evening Journal, and eventually became editorial editor. At the time of interview, he lived in Lewiston.
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