Tom McCall, Oregon’s 30th governor, is inexorably linked with Oregon’s land use planning system, protecting agricultural land and public access to beaches. He was focused on “smart growth” before it became a catch phrase. He is well known for his “vist, but don’t stay” speech — a clear message that a permanent move to the state was not encouraged.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of his birth, we’ll talk with McCall biographer, Brent Walth, and get a bit of sneak peak into the Oregon Experience documentary airing tonight at 8 pm.
What question do you have about the life and legacy of Tom McCall?
- Brent Walth: Author of the Tom McCall biography, Fire at Eden’s Gate; managing news editor for Willamette Week