Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 227


Francis Mascianica was born in 1918 and grew up in Massachusetts, graduating from Everett High School as a track star in 1936. He attended Northeastern University and worked his way through with a job at the Buck Printing Company. Francis then went to the U.S. Naval Academy where he met Ed Muskie and they graduated on January 5, 1943. They both ended up going to Penn State taking the same train and diesel engineering course to prepare for serving on a destroyer. They were roommates at the Nittany Lion Inn. After that, they went off separately to fight in the war. Later, Mascianica worked on research and development for the Watertown National Laboratories in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston, Maine trolley cars; Polish ancestry; night-time train ride with Ed Muskie in January 1943 to Penn State; Nittany Lion Inn; World War II memorabilia; Ed Muskie; life during the War; the draft and the U.S. Naval Academy; Governor Muskie; William Loeb; economic conditions of the 1940s; 1938 track meet at Bates College; Jane Muskie; and Muskie’s law practice.

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. Biographical Note