50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Running Man

December 17, 2010 BLUE RIVER, Ore. — With all of Eugene in the grips of Duck football fever, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the city is also known by the nickname “Tracktown USA.” And while KEZI has talked about the legendary Steve Prefontaine, he’s not the only running advocate worth mentioning. For decades, Jeff … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Comedy Writer Mason Williams

December 16, 2010 By Rick Douglas Mason Williams made his mark as a comedy writer on the 60′s TV show, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”  As sometimes happens in Hollywood, he was in the right place at the right time. Some of you might remember Williams’ many Christmas shows at the Hult center.  There likely … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Architect Grant Seder

December 15, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Over nearly two months, we’ve been looking at stories from the early years of KEZI 9 News, and now we go way back to the beginning. KEZI went on the air Dec. 19, 1960. It was the “mad men” era when cars had fins and everyone smoked. And down … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Not Exactly Happy Holidays

December 14, 2010 In looking back over the past 50 years KEZI has been on the air, we have focused on individual stories like the eruption of Mount St. Helens. But here we are doing something a little different. We’re taking a look at a whole week’s worth of stories. It 1977 during the week … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Saluting Our Vietnam Vets

December 13, 2010 By Rick Douglas EUGENE, Ore. — The year 1973 marked the signing of the Paris Peace Accords and the end of US involvement in Vietnam. Up until that time, it was America’s longest war — and also its most divisive. But for the many who served in Vietnam, the war never really … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Year That Was 1994

December 13, 2010 By Rick Douglas EUGENE, Ore. — When it comes to a year jam-packed with interesting stories, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more compelling than 1994. Remember the Tonya Harding saga? The Prineville firefighter deaths? The year 1994 offered those stories and more. And you, Duck fans, might also remember that Oregon … Continue reading »

Fifty Years of KEZI 9 News: The Fight Over Field Burning

December 13, 2010 By Rick Douglas EUGENE, Ore. — In covering 50 years of news in Western Oregon, we’ve dealt with everything from downtown redevelopment to the continuing troubles of the timber industry. And there’s one other issue that always demanded our attention: field burning. The grass-seed industry has a long and proud tradition in … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: “Animal House” Animates Eugene

December 9, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — As comedies go, “Animal House” set the bar really high, or really low in the view of some critics. Love it or hate it, the movie will always have its Eugene connection to fall back on. It’s part of the city’s lore, dating back to the summer of 1977. … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Remembering Wayne Morse

December 8, 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Many people in Eugene have driven by the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse and wondered who is Wayne Morse? As part of our look back at 50 years of KEZI 9 News, we tell you about the man who represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate for 24 years.

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Origins of the Oregon Country Fair

December 7, 2010 LANE COUNTY, Ore. — One of the signature events for people live in western Oregon is the annual Oregon Country Fair. It’s been a summer draw for over 40 years. What makes the fair unique is that it hasn’t changed all that much from its renaissance fair roots in 1969.

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