Ear: Waldorf

An Astoria/Iran tidbit from long ago: Longtime Astoria resident Daymon Edwards (pictured), who now lives in Korea, owned the Waldorf/Merwyn Hotel from 1979 to 1980. 

"Just after I bought the hotel," he wrote, "the Iranians took the Embassy hostage (on Nov. 4, 1979). I have always had a large collection of flags and a flag pole, so I put out my American flags from the windows and vowed to keep them there until they returned."

The Daily Astorian took notice, and on July 4, 1980, the Waldorf was on the front page. (You can read the story at bit.ly/wixwall.) His photo of the flag-flying hotel is also shown.

"Many people wrote to the editor about the flags facing the wrong way," Daymon noted, "and then about being tattered, missing the whole point." People even criticized him because they thought the flags were being used for "stuffing window cracks."

"(But) I refused to budge," he noted. The flags stayed.

"My experiences when I owned the hotel," he added "… I can tell you, it was truly an interesting time. We had more going on in that hotel than Tales of The City!"

(Many thanks to Jimmy Pearson (Astoria Library), and Liisa Penner (Clatsop County Historical Society) for their help finding Daymon's July 4, 1980 story.)

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 ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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