A governor is a grassroots figure, a symbol of home and an image of nostalgia.
– Governor Tom McCall, September 1967
On Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, Kick Ass Oregon History is proud to be partnering with Nestucca Spit Press and Know Your City (formerly The Dill Pickle Club) to present – Tom McCall’s 100th Birthday Party – The “Party” Party! The event will be at The Jack London Bar and the doors will open at 8:00pm
As regular visitors to this site know, we are deeply immersed in All Things Tom McCall, and the complex legacy he left for Oregon. We have left the low hanging fruit, the easy, “go to” topics, for others to discuss (the bottle bill, the beach bill and land use), and instead have chosen to focus on McCall’s knotty endowments like Vortex 1, his prison reforms, and soon to come broadcasts on his hawkish support for the Vietnam War and enthusiastic clearcutting of Oregon’s forests.
There will be a proverbial shit ton of events going on about town for the Governor’s Centennial. And I am sure there will be redeeming qualities to many of them. But OUR event will be the ONLY true PARTY event – oh, and we are going to have a shit ton of history rolled up in that piece too!
So why is this Tom McCall Birthday event the one to attend? Well you should know the answer to that Dear Ass Kicker… because we know how to throw a fuckin’ party!!!
1) History talks by Resident Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin and Vortex Historian Matt Love
2) The release of the Know Your City’s Tom McCall comic, “Tom McCall & The Vortex,” and talks with Sarah Mirk and Daniel Duford.
3) Live music by Dirt Vortex!
(featuring members of Blue Skies For Black Hearts).
4) A showing of classic McCall videos. You will not want to miss those!
Annnnndddd…. Just to make the night a little more festive, we will have…
A COSTUME CONTEST – Dress like Tom McCall, or swingin’ Salem late 60’s Office Dress, or come like a Straight Up Dirty Hippie!!
PRIZES!! – Comics, Tom McCall Bumper Stickers, A DVD of the OPB Oregon Experience Tom McCall special, A William Joseph Gallery print of Tom McCall playing drums, A copy of the McCall biography “Fire at Eden’s Gate” signed by author Brent Walth, and I’m sure even more!
PRICE- $Only 5 at the door, and the first 25 folks in will get a FREE COMIC!!!
Remember- THIS is the Tom McCall event you will NOT want to miss. We certainly hope you’ll join us!
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[…] On March 23, the 100th anniversary of McCall’s birth, we will release this comic book at a free public event organized by our friends Kickass OR History and Nestucca Spit Press. The event will feature history talks by Doug Kenck-Crispin and Vortex Historian Matt Love, live music by Dirt Vortex (featuring members of Blue Skies For Black Hearts), and the screening of classic Tom McCall videos. The event will also feature a costume contest and prizes (full details here). […]