Nye Beach Writers' Series Presents: Charles K. Johnson

presented by: Writers on the Edge

Starts:Saturday, August 17, 2013  7:00 PMEnds:Saturday, August 17, 2013  9:00 PM


Free to students


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.

Event Description:

Charles K. Johnson is a Portland writer, fundraiser, and activist. A native Oregonian, he has been active in environmental politics since childhood. Johnson took part in civil disobedience actions, organized successful ballot initiatives, lobbied, and served as a legislative staff member in four legislative sessions during the 1970s and 80s.

After a ten-year excursion into national politics with Physicians for Social Responsibility and as Executive Director of Nuclear Free America, Johnson became a fundraising professional, first for Western Oregon University, then Portland State University. At WOU, Johnson assisted in the successful capital campaign for construction of their Library, including the Robert W. Straub Archives.

Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon is Johnson’s first book, and is, for him, a very personal story. Chuck’s father, Ken Johnson, was Straub’s chief aide when he was State Treasurer and served in both Governor Tom McCall and Governor Straub’s administrations. This was during a time of great political creativity in Oregon, as Straub and McCall’s friendly political rivalry culminated in a series of landmark environmental protection laws for which the state has become known.

About the book, former Governor Barbara Roberts had this to say: “Standing at the Water’s Edge is an emotionally deep study of one of Oregon’s colorful political characters, Bob Straub, whose accomplishments and failures Johnson captures beautifully. It is a warm, witty biography that doesn’t take short cuts with the truth – an important book about an exciting period in Oregon’s history, and a fascinating read.”

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