I stepped outdoors on a Sunday night six decades ago and began reporting my first story for The Eugene Register-Guard.
My official start date in the news department wasn’t until 7 the next morning, June 17, 1957.
As I scanned the skyline, I noticed a reddish glow south of Springfield much like those I had chased for a year while editing two weekly newspapers in Missouri and the previous three editing the weekly in Hood River, Oregon.
My first telephone call was to the Springfield Fire Department where a dispatcher said that a Fall Creek mill was on fire.
My second call was to City Editor Dan Sellard, who apparently wasn’t home. The next call was to Managing Editor Herb Baker, who also apparently wasn’t home.
Knowing no one else to call, I climbed in my car and drove 12 miles south until I located the Fall Creek Lumber Co. There I found stacks of lumber ablaze. Continue reading THE CHALLENGE REMAINS WITH PASSING OF THE GUARD