Eugene Such a Bright Light You Scarcely Notice the Gloom
Byline: Ken Metzler For The Register-Guard
To Henry Schulte, c/o sunny Florida, USA
When you asked about Eugene - how's life here, and what about those gloomy winters? - I wondered how to respond.
What gloomy winters?
What have you learned from your three Northwest-residing daughters - Daisy and Julie in Eugene, and Margaret in Seattle?
Some consider our city a fairyland, as defined by a recent joke: "Eugene? Fifty square miles sur- rounded by reality.'
This reality-free zone is a long-standing lumber-industry community dominated by an intellectual three-ring circus called the University of Oregon.
Hank, as a retired journalist and professor, you understand college towns. Collegiate high jinks annoy citizens everywhere. In the 1850s our first institution, Columbia College - headed by an outspoken pro-South president - burned down twice. Arson was strongly suspected.
In the 1960s and '70s, …
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Publication information: Article title: Eugene Such a Bright Light You Scarcely Notice the Gloom. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Register Guard (Eugene, OR). Publication date: July 16, 2006. Page number: F1. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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