Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Webfoot Wednesday: Tom McCall
Last Friday's mystery quote came from the mouth of former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, who held the state's top office from 1967 to 1975. McCall was a Republican; he was also a strident conservationist, defending Oregon's environment and livability with an eye toward preservation for sustainable use. McCall is most famous for a comment he made in a 1971 CBS News interview: "Come and visit us again and again. This is a state of excitement, But for heaven's sake, don't come here to live." Some found this a trifle unfriendly, but viewed in a larger framework it composes just one small part of a larger worldview geared toward protecting Oregon's livelihoods while sustaining the natural beauty that makes the Pacific Northwest such a special part of the country.
I came across this edited compilation of many other things McCall had to say about Oregon, growth, development and conservation--it's well worth a look.