On March 22, 2013, Oregon will celebrate the 100th birthday of Governor Tom McCall, who served two terms (1967-75) and thereafter became a legend because of his unconventional and progressive stances to create a better Oregon.
Join author Matt Love for a unique and interactive multi-media presentation on the unprecedented achievements of Tom McCall’s gubernatorial career.
As Tom McCall 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.”
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 an astonishing level of voluntary energy conservation promoted by state government.
A generation later, these innovations generally led to Oregon becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the country.
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