Oregon Fever

An Anthology of Northwest Writing, 1965-1982
Edited by Charles Deemer

fever_largeOregon Fever is an anthology of writings featured in Northwest Magazine from 1965 to 1982, during the era of the Vietnam War and student rebellion.

To the younger generation, the ’60s and ’70s were ancient times. For many who lived through those tumultuous years, however, it was a period of social upheaval during which the many of disenfranchised among us fought for equality and peace.

It was in this period that Oregon’s leading daily newspaper,The Oregonian, revived its one-time Sunday supplement, Northwest Magazine, and turned the job of editor over to a former police reporter turned farm editor. His mission: revive Northwest Magazine. He did. During his 18 years behind the editor’s desk at Northwest Magazine, Joe Bianco, collected a host of awards and honors.

Often controversial, the magazine was the first to declare that Portland suffered from smog and other pollutants; had the courage to discuss racial issues; write freely about sexual orientation; examine the loss of freedom, and cover many other topics other media soft-pedaled or ignored.

An article in The Society of Professional Journalists’ magazine, The Quill, featured the magazine and said it proved “beyond all doubt that a magazine can grow and develop and reveal the controversies that readers seem to want more and more, time and again. It has also proved that readers in what was once an easy-going and folksy town, have less fear of social icons than newspapers normally presume.”

In all, Oregon Fever features 28 essays by 16 writers.

Northwest Magazine was a touchstone for many authors who went on to literary success, including Larry Colton, Daniel Yost, Don Berry, Paul Pintarich, Larry Leonard and Ursula LeGuin, Barry Lopez and Ivan Doig.


Oregon Fever
ISBN: 0-9643408-9-5
5.5″ x 8.5″, 256 pages, $19.95