Our "castaway" is Ellsworth "Derry" Rundlett, a prominent attorney in Portland, Maine who specializes in trial law and personal injury litigation. Derry graduated from Bowdoin College in 1968 where his first foray into the world of music was hosting a radio program called "The ETR Show - Hits of Our Decade" on which he played songs from the early era of Rock & Roll,-the 1960s.
Deciding the law was his true calling; he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973 and has been practicing in Portland for nearly forty years, now a senior partner with the firm of Childs, Rundlett, Fifield and Altshuler. Since 1999, Derry and his co-host, Attorney Steven Schwartz, have moderated the popular show "Law On The Line", a call-in television show broadcast monthly on the CTN-5 Television Network in Portland on which he converses with noteworthy members of Maine's legal community. Over the years, he's interviewed many distinguished attorneys including F. Lee Bailey, Maine Governors John Baldacci and John McKernan, Chief Justice Daniel Wathen of the Maine Supreme Court, one of the chief murder prosecutors with the Maine Attorney General's Office, and countless other notable lawyers who are involved in front page news legal cases.
Derry is no stranger to the world of show business. In fact, he is the president of the company "Murder Mysteries Incorporated", and has written, produced, directed, and been the lead actor in over forty murder mystery productions throughout New England. What's more, he's served as the president of Portland Players and was lead or supporting actor in several of their productions including "Play It Again, Sam" and "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Three of his favorite characters are Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. In the 70's and 80's, he appeared in several productions presented by his entertainment company in which he personified those characters. As recently as this year he has appeared as Elvis Presley at various charitable events on the live stage and television. He has the exact replica of the famous white jumpsuit Elvis used in his Las Vegas and national concert tours. He is considered by his friends to be a trivia expert with respect to the early rock and roll years, especially the 60's when The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Monkees, and Elvis battled for supremacy in the rock and roll world. Over his lifetime, he's witnessed dozens of musicians in live performance; however there is one event that eluded him, the concert Elvis never attended scheduled in Portland the day after Presley passed away at Graceland. Framed, with the official Elvis stamp in his home is the unused ticket from that concert which inspired Derry to pay homage to "The King" by creating his incarnation and keeping Presley's spirit burning.