Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 440


Robert Curtis “Bob” Shaw was born November 22, 1943 in Manchester, New Hampshire and moved to Naples, Maine when he was about three years old. He graduated from Bridgton High School in 1961. His father, Gus Shaw, worked in television repair and eventually got involved with broadcasting. Through experiences with his father, Shaw met political figures such as Edmund Muskie. He moved to the Lewiston-Auburn area in 1968 when he went to work for the Department of Defense and is a veteran of the Army. He has been an active member of the American Legion Post for twenty-eight years.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; meeting Edmund Muskie; time spent with his father in broadcasting; influence of Edmund Muskie; Parker Hoy; family genealogy; connection to Frank Coffin; recollections of Muskie’s 1958 election to the U.S. Senate; reaction to Muskie’s victory in 1954; and anecdotes about his father and politics.

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.