TIMES ‘THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ YET DO WE KNOW THE SONG?

As the leaves outside my retirement home apartment begin to change from green to a brilliant red, I realize that I have failed to apply the message in Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”Dylan

Times already were changing in 1964 when the album and song became a hit. Like most people, I nodded and continued my quest for fame and fortune along a familiar road, complaining occasionally about changes that affected my pocketbook and my lifestyle.

Sunday morning’s Register-Guard reported how the University of Oregon football team defeated California, 42-24. The lead story was written by a staff member, but for the first time that I can remember the newspaper didn’t send a photographer out of town to cover a varsity football game. The photographs were taken by an Associated Press photographer. Continue reading TIMES ‘THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ YET DO WE KNOW THE SONG?

IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE GAME, YOU’RE NO WINNER, LOSER

Each fall millions of people don the colors of their favorite football teams and settle in for another season.

It’s interesting to view how spectators begin talking about “my team,” about how “we’re performing,” especially when the team is winning.

UO DUCK imageThus, hundreds of people arose early Saturday morning to participate in the ABC “Game Day” festivities on the University of Oregon campus to hail the advent of another Pac-12 football season.

After three wins to open the season, we contemplate defeating those men from Stanford with 4-point GPA’s and whose mascot is a tree for crying out loud. Why not pick something more lively like a duck to lead the charge?

Saturday’s early game results are surprising, mind-boggling. We march down the field and score. Then we score again and again. Continue reading IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE GAME, YOU’RE NO WINNER, LOSER

RESEARCH A VITAL ELEMENT IN WORK OF LOCAL AUTHORS

wind coverFoz.new.cover

Research often spells the difference between a mediocre and a noteworthy performance as a writer.

At least that is my evaluation based on books written by two former journalism students of mine.

Bob Welch, a Register-Guard columnist and author of more than 20 non-fiction books, will be signing copies of “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution” on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Oakway’s Heritage Courtyard, Eugene. Party with Bob between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Patricia Lee, a Eugene faith-book author, will sign copies of “A Kite on the Wind,” the third in the “Mended Heart” series, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Barnes and Nobel, 1163 Valley River Drive.

These books will hold your interest starting with Fosbury’s attempt to fit into the high school athletic culture where he worked on a new method of flying over the high jump bar, set an Olympic record in 1968 and cleared a series of personal obstacles.

Pat introduces us to a woman who is left waiting at the altar and carves out a future as a teacher on the Oregon Coast. How Montgomery Chandler fits into the story is the puzzle that readers must discover. Continue reading RESEARCH A VITAL ELEMENT IN WORK OF LOCAL AUTHORS