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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach, here come strange and eerie happenings from the Oregon Coast! The "Green Flash" at sunset, "Water Spouts" lifting fish from the ocean to the street, "Glowing Sand," "Snow-Going-Upwards," and even the rumor of our own "Area 51" in the Van Duzer Corridor between Lincoln City and Salem. Is the truth out there?
Oregon's Coastal X-Files
The state flag is navy blue, with gold lettering and symbols. Adopted in 1925, the flag has the legend, "THE STATE OF OREGON" on the face, written above a shield surrounded by 33 stars representing the fact that Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state. The shield, which is part of the state seal, has the number 1859 written below it. 1859 is the year that Oregon was admitted as a state. The reverse side of Oregon's flag shows a beaver.
The 2.8 million residents of Oregon generate more than 5,480 tons of garbage each day; enough to cover one acre of land, eight feet deep. To reduce the amount of landfill needed, almost all city waste-hauling companies offer curbside recycling services for an assortment of materials including aluminum, corrugated cardboard boxes, dry cell batteries, glass jars and bottles, newspaper, plastic containers, tin cans, used motor oil, waste paper, and yard waste.
Promising young actress, Rebecca Schaeffer, is (unfortunately) most noted for being shot to death by a stalker in West Hollywood at the age of 21. She played the television role of Patti Russell on "My Sister Sam," with Pam Dawber, and was scheduled to audition for Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part III" the morning she was murdered.
Born Margot Byra Hemingway in Portland, Oregon in 1955, she actually grew up on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. Her dad, Jack Hemingway, was the son of the Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, and her sister is Mariel Hemingway. She passed away in 1996 without probable cause, although the L.A. coroner's office concluded that she killed herself by taking an overdose of a sedative. She was the fifth person in her family to commit suicide.
Originally titled, "Never Give an Inch," this film portrays a family of fiercely-independent Oregon loggers, led by patriarch Henry Fonda, as they struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. One of the most memorable moments is when Hank (Paul Newman) tries to save his brother's (Richard Jaeckel) life by blowing air into his lungs when he is pinned underwater by a fallen tree. Lee Remick and Michael Sarrazin also star.
Two-time U.S. national figure skating champion, Tonya Harding, was born in Portland, Oregon in 1970. She is probably best remembered for her alleged involvement in the "whack heard around the world" on January 6, 1994, when Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the knee by Shane Stant. She denied any prior knowledge or involvement, but she was stripped of her national title and banned for life by the U.S.
Although Ginger Rogers was born in Independence, Missouri, she owned the 1000-acre "Rogue River Ranch" near Eagle Point, Oregon from 1940 to 1990. The ranch was a working dairy for many years and supplied milk to Camp White in Southern Oregon during World War II. The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford, Oregon is named in her honor.
Steve Prefontaine was born in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1951. He was the first track and field athlete to win four consecutive NCAA titles in the same event, the 5,000 meters. By the time of his death in May 1975, Prefontaine held the American record in every event from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Two movies about his life have also been produced.
In 1843, business partners William Overton and Asa Lovejoy filed the original claim for the land on the west bank of the Willamette River. Then in 1845, Overton sold his share of the claim to Francis Pettygrove. Pettygrove and Lovejoy surveyed the land and decided to build a city. Previously called "The Clearing," Portland gets its name from the toss of a coin with Pettygrove's home town in Maine winning over Lovejoy's birthplace in Boston.
Jewish composer Ernest Bloch was born in Switzerland in 1880, but later settled in Agate Beach, Oregon in 1941, where he remained until his death in 1959. His major classical works include "Schelomo--A Hebrew Rhapsody" and "Voice in the Wilderness" for cello and orchestra, the opera "Macbeth," and several other string quartets, concertos, and sonatas.
Chief Joseph, also known as Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, or Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, was born in 1840 in the Wallowa Valley (northeastern Oregon). In 1877, when the Nez Percé were forced from their home, (thus provoking a war with the U.S. Army), he led them more than 1,500 miles over mountainous terrain. They were stopped just forty miles from the safety of the Canadian border where he gave his famous surrender speech.
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer (John Vernon) is determined to expel the Delta House Fraternity, but the boys have other plans for him. John 'Bluto' Blutarsky (John Belushi) and Eric 'Otter' Stratton (Tim Matheson), Delta Rush Chairman, lead this frat house that is so disreputable, it will take anyone. Stick around for the homecoming parade; "a parade to end all parades for all time."
D-Day: "We have an old saying in Delta House: don't get mad, get even."
Land of the empire builders, land of the golden west; Conquered and held by free men, fairest and the best.
Onward and upward ever, forward and on and on; Hail to thee, land of Heros, my Oregon.
Land of the rose and sunshine, land of the summer's breeze; Laden with health and vigor, fresh from the Western seas.
Blest by the blood of martyrs, land of the setting sun; Hail to thee, land of Promise, my Oregon.
A frustrated composer (Richard Dreyfuss) finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher while in his 'spare time', he strives to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music with which to leave his mark on the world.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
Rindy Ross (saxophones) was the lead singer and co-founder of "Quarterflash," from Portland, OR, whose award-winning debut album on Geffen Records went platinum in 1982. Originally, the union of two bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot, they are probably best remembered for their 1981 gold single, "Harden My Heart." Marv Ross, her husband, was the founder, guitarist-songwriter, and producer of Quarterflash and The Trail Band. The Rosses have toured with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and The Beach Boys.
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Rather than spend time in jail for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor," a man (Jack Nicholson) convinces guards he's crazy enough to be sent to a mental hospital instead. There, he finds the head nurse (Louise Fletcher) a lot more dangerous than the other patients.
Nurse Ratched: "If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way."
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1963, A.C. Green is best known for receiving the NBA Iron Man award for breaking the NBA's consecutive game streak with 907 straight games. He currently owns several restaurants in Portland and has made guest appearances as "himself" in film and on television including the movie, "Space Jam," and the show, "7th Heaven."