Moxie made official soft drink of Maine

This story was published on May 21, 2005 on Page C4 in all editions of the Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA – With the potential economic blow of military base closings pending, Gov. John Baldacci said Friday that Maine needs all of the Moxie it can muster.

Baldacci took time for a lighthearted legislative boost as he signed a bill to make Moxie, a distinctively flavored beverage closely associated with Maine, the official state soft drink.

With a crowd of orange-shirted Moxie fans crowding his State House office, Baldacci used nearly a dozen orange pens to put his name on the bill, LD 85.

Baldacci said the legislation shows the rest of the nation that Maine has plenty of Moxie.

“It comes at a good time for the state. The state needed a boost,” said Baldacci.

The bill says the former patent medicine, which was concocted by a Mainer in the 1870s, symbolizes spirit and courage.