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Tom McCall’s 100th Birthday to be celebrated March 22nd, Lincoln City Cultural Center

Gov. Tom McCall Reading by kerosene lamp during 1973 Energy Crisis

Gov. Tom McCall
Reading by kerosene lamp during 1973 Energy Crisis

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOV. TOM MCCALL!
CELEBRATE WITH MATT LOVE ON MARCH 22, AT THE LCCC

On March 22nd, Oregon will celebrate the 100th birthday of Governor Tom McCall, who served two terms (1967-75) and was renowned for his unconventional and progressive stances on politics and the environment. As he said in one of his speeches to open a legislative session, “The interests of Oregon for today and in the future must be protected from the grasping wastrels of the land.”

To celebrate Gov. McCall, and his legacy on the Oregon Coast, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is hosting a birthday party. This event, which will begin at 6 pm on Friday, March 22, will include a slide presentation, a trivia contest, a surprise musical performance and birthday cake. The host for the evening will be historian and author Matt Love. Admission is just $3 for youth and adults, and free for kids 12 and younger.

The event will take place in the auditorium at the cultural center, inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. There will be no advance ticket sales. If you have questions, call the office at 541-994-9994 or check the LCCC web site, LincolnCityCulturalCenter.org.

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When McCall completed his second term in 1975, the state could boast of many recent bi-partisan political innovations, most of them nationwide firsts: protection of ocean beaches from development, a law dedicating one-percent of highway funds for bicycle and pedestrian paths, a mandatory five-cent deposit on returnable cans and bottles, an effort to clean up the polluted Willamette River, a government open meetings law, visionary land use planning to preserve farm and forestland, a state-sponsored rock festival to forestall violence, decriminalization of marijuana, and increased voluntary energy conservation promoted by state government.

For the event on March 22, Love plans an interactive multi-media presentation on the unprecedented achievements of Tom McCall’s gubernatorial career. Highlights will include:
* A slide presentation on McCall and his legacy;
* A contest called The McCall Challenge (with prizes);
* A screening of the famous 1962 television documentary called “Pollution in Paradise,” that McCall co-wrote and narrated when he was a KGW newsman. This acclaimed documentary is generally credited with ushering in the modern Oregon environmental movement and helped propel McCall into the political arena. It lasts an hour;
* A special song about the governor, performed by a mystery guest, and complimentary birthday cake.

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This March 22 event is the third offering in the center’s 2012-13 “History Lives” series, sponsored by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau non-profit grant program. Through this series, the center has hosted interpreters of Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln; later this spring (April 30) the guest will be actor Patrick Garner, as the inventor Thomas Edison.

ABOUT THE IMPRESARIO
Matt Love is the author/editor of eight books about Oregon, including, the best-selling “Far Out Story of Vortex I,” “Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology,” and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker.” He writes the “One Man’s Beach” column for Oregon Coast Today and the “On Oregon” blog for Powells. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a novel about teaching in a public high school.

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