I have been following the activities associated with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial with great interest and applaud The Daily Astorian for the superb coverage. I would, however, like to bring to your attention an anecdote that may be of interest to your readers.
Twenty years ago, I was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from District 1, which in those years was comprised of most of Columbia County and rural Washington County. House District 2, which included most of Clatsop County and a part of Columbia County, was represented by Tom Hanlon of Cannon Beach.
One morning during the 1985 Legislative Session, Tom and I were having breakfast with a few other members of the House when out of the blue Tom noted that the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition was just 20 years away and we should start getting ready. I remember all of us laughing out loud, but Tom was serious. Tom looked at each of us and declared, "We need to get an appropriation to start the planning process now. The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial is going to be a very important event for all of Oregon.
As I recall, Tom did get his appropriation.
For the past few months, I have been trying to contact Tom without success. Many of us who served in the Legislature during the '80s have kept in touch, but Tom seems to have disappeared. Many hundreds, if not thousands, of people have helped make the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial the success that it is. It would be sad if somehow Representative Tom Hanlon, D-Cannon Beach were not recognized for his foresight. Tom, you were right and I offer my belated apology for laughing 20 years ago!