Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Edgefield History Pub

Crash Course: The Portland Air Disaster that Made History and Changed History

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Crash Course: The Portland Air Disaster that Made History and Changed History

Crash Course: The Portland Air Disaster that Made History and Changed History

Presented by Julie Whipple 

Accidents don't just happen. On a cold winter night in 1978, a DC8 passenger jet with 189 aboard crash landed, out of fuel in a suburban neighborhood on East Burnside. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight crew training took place that made United Flight 173 (in)famous worldwide as the model for failure and change. That was only the half of it.

Hiding in plain sight for years in an attorney's file boxes, the forgotten truths of the landmark air disaster reveal much more: an emotional journey tethered to the disgraced pilot and a three-year-old survivor named Lisa who became an unlikely hero for justice and public safety in the rollercoaster legal battle that followed. This is the long-overdue, true story of a misunderstood airline disaster that forever changed the lives of those on board and countless others -- including yours. 

About the Speaker:

Julie Whipple is an award-winning journalist and educator from Portland, Oregon.  She holds an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis on nonfiction, and has worked as a reporter in Kenya and Tanzania where she was the East Africa correspondent for the London-based, weekly news magazine Africa Economic Digest. She also filed stories for the London Observer, South Magazine, Radio France International and Deutsche Welle among others. In the United States, her work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, The Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal and Portland Monthly Magazine. She and her first book, Crash Course (2018) have been featured on KOIN 6 News, KATU 2, KBOO radio, The Oregonian and Powell's on Burnside. She holds professional memberships in the Authors Guild and PEN America. 

Photo credit: Lukas Ketner, Portland illustrator.

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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