Get some Goonies nostalgia

If you need some immediate Goonies nostalgia, check out this 2015 article from Willamette Week, “Okay! I’ll talk!” with local people reminiscing about their experiences when the movie was filmed in Astoria and Cannon Beach ( There’s only one caveat: If you’re adverse to salty language, this article isn’t going to be your cup of tea.

The short stories give an intriguing, and often amusing peek into dealing with the Hollywood invasion on a person-to-person level. For example, Dave Johnson, a retired Astoria Police Department officer, told of chatting with John Astin (star of “The Addams Family”), father of Sean Astin (Mikey Walsh), near the Goonie house.

“School let out, and a whole crowd of kids came out,” Johnson said. “There was over 100 there in a matter of a minute or two. One girl stood in front of us and said, ‘Damn, not one movie star anywhere.’ I looked at Mr. Astin, and he said, ‘Don’t ever get old.’”

— Elleda Wilson

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or