Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 126


Alice Eileen Bernier Lander was born on October 31, 1923 in Waterville, Maine, the youngest of ten children. Alice graduated from the public school system in Waterville in 1942 and met her husband, Charlie, whom she married in 1946. Alice and Charlie moved to Portland, Maine in 1964 and Alice became involved with Muskie’s Senate campaign. Charlie did a lot of driving for the Muskies in the 1960s and 1970s. Both Alice and Charlie were present in Washington, DC during Muskie’s vice-presidential and presidential campaigns.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family and personal background; Waterville, Maine community; meeting her husband, Charlie; various jobs; first impression of Ed Muskie; driving with the Muskies; picture with the Queen Mum; Secret Service parties; Washington, DC in 1968; Marjorie Hutchinson; William Loeb/Manchester incident; Muskie’s Washington staff; Charlie’s involvement with Muskie; Alice’s relationship with the Muskie family; Muskie’s later years in office; Muskie’s temper; and Muskie’s legacy.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.