Tom McCall: 'One of the most iconic Governors in Oregon's history'

PORTLAND, Ore. - The late Tom McCall was an important figure in Oregon's history and the Oregon Historical Society will be honoring what would have been his 100th year.

"There can be no doubt that Tom McCall was one of the most iconic and influential Governors in Oregon's history," Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society, said in a news release. "Thirty years after his passing, Oregonians continue to be fascinated by his larger-than-life personality, his love of Oregon, and his Gubernatorial accomplishments. We look forward in the coming year to helping Oregonians commemorate Governor McCall's life and legacy."

McCall, who was born on March 22, 1913, served as Oregon's governor from 1967 to 1975. He passed away in 1983.

His accomplishments include the famous Bottle Bill and opening up beaches on the Oregon coast to the public. He also founded the volunteer organization SOLV in 1969. They're the folks that clean up our beaches every year, among other environmental projects.

Prior to serving in office, McCall worked as a journalist in newspaper, radio and television.And here's an interesting tidbit you might not know - McCall had a minor role as a newscaster in the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Honoring McCall

Distinguished Historians Forum

Coming up on March 20, journalist Brent Walth will speak about McCall's life and legacy at the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum. Walth, who is the managing news editor of Willamette Week, authored a biography on McCall - Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story.

For Educators

The Oregon Historical Society has put together a suggested curriculum for middle and high school teachers to give students a broader understanding of McCall and his public service.


An exhibit on McCall that will be on display in the Oregon State Capitol building starting in January 2013 is being put together by the Oregon Historical Society.

Tom McCall, from the Oregon Historical Society collection.

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