Co-sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society & KGW-TV, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tom McCall’s birth

Special Tom McCall Centennial Anniversary History Program

“Pollution in Paradise: Tom McCall's Environmental Documentary”

Historical Documentary Film Screening

  • 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “Pollution in Paradise: Tom McCall's Environmental Documentary”


A screening of the complete, landmark 1962 KGW-TV documentary, “Pollution in Paradise” plus a contextual introduction and post-screening Q&A led by Dr. William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, Oregon State University.

KGW-TV aired McCall’s famous documentary, “Pollution in Paradise,” on November 12, 1962, a sharply critical report of the condition of the Willamette. In the film, McCall firmly staked out a moral position in the pollution debate and pushed questions of livability to the forefront of public attention. “Pollution in Paradise,” was a tour de force, pressing home the powerful idea that there was no contradiction between jobs and quality of life in Oregon.

– excerpt from William G. Robbins’ “Pollution in Paradise” entry to the Oregon Encyclopedia

Bill Robbins joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1971, where he has taught courses in the History of the American West and Environmental History. He has authored and edited several books, including Oregon: This Storied Land (2006); Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000 (2004). His most recent book, Nature's Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the 29th Century, was coauthored with former OSU student Katrine Barber and was published in the spring of 2011.

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