Beat poet Allen Ginsberg first read his famous poem "Howl" in 1955 in San Francisco, but he was first recorded reading it on Valentine's Day 1956 in a dorm hall at Portland's Reed College. The recording was discovered in a box at Reed in 2007, and now it's been restored and released by Omnivore Recordings.
This summer, Portland's Wild Wild West League is resurrecting the 'Rosebuds' team name in honor of the 1946 Portland Rosebuds, Portland's first and only all-Black, Negro League baseball team. The '46 Rosebuds were owned by track and field speedster Jesse Owens, the four-time gold medalist who stunned the world at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.
In the 1970s, Oregon’s desert playas and vast canyons played host to daredevils near and far. Fearless thrill-seekers came to the state to make daring land speed attempts and perform outrageous stunts.
In 1948, Portland hosted the United States’ first-ever nationally broadcast presidential debate. The face-off, between two candidates competing for the Republican nomination, is widely seen as the precedent for today’s debates.
In August of 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon was slated to come to Portland, and so were thousands of antiwar protesters. That's when some young liberal Oregonians teamed up with Republican Gov. Tom McCall on a plan to lure thousands of potential antiwar demonstrators into the woods for a weekend of rock 'n' roll and avoid a projected violent clash in the City of Roses. This is the story of Oregon Vortex 1: A Biodegradable Festival of Life.
Efforts to rename institutions with racist underpinnings such as schools, military bases and sports teams are happening across the country. In Oregon, there’s a movement to change the name of Lane County, which is dedicated to Joseph Lane, the first governor of the Oregon Territory.