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Here’s an eclipse story for the books. On August 11, 1999, a total eclipse touched the tip of the United Kingdom at Cornwall. Oregonian author and counter-cultural icon, Ken Kesey, and his band of Merry Pranksters planned a festival to coincide with the solar event. They loaded their techno-color bus on a ship and forty Pranksters traveled “across the pond” to see what they could see.

Springfield Museum

Next in our road trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to some of the notable people who hail from Springfield. (Listen to interviews and watch the slideshow!)

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Ken Kesey, about their family life, Kesey’s wrestling start at Springfield High School and his indelible mark on a generation.

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KLCC's Tiffany Eckert sits down with Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia and George "Hardly Visible" Walker to talk about their experiences as Merry Pranksters with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassidy and the Grateful Dead. The 50th Anniversary of the Acid Test Graduation Commencement is this Halloween night.

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This Halloween marks an auspicious occasion: the 50th anniversary of the Acid Test Graduation. The acid tests were a series of psychedelic parties held in the mid 1960’s and hosted by author and Oregon son Ken Kesey with his Merry Band of Pranksters. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert caught up with some of the original pranksters as they gear up for an all-night celebration in Eugene this Friday.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Songwriter Ben Bochner splits his time between Eugene and Austin, Texas. He’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, has been working on recordings with David Jacobs-Strain, and was infamously known as the Rogue Reader after being a controversial part of Ken Kesey’s group novel-writing project at the University of Oregon. 

City of Springfield

Renowned author and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey grew up in Springfield. The city recently commissioned a two-story, photo-realistic mural to honor their hometown son.

The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current home of PlankTown Brewing. It was designed by Craig Ferroggiaro of Willamette Valley Color, and will be painted by Old City Artists, who also installed the nearby Simpsons mural. Craig Ferrogiaro speaks with Eric Alan about capturing the essence of Kesey, and the inspiring creative challenge of working with existing architecture.

Desmond O'Boyle

About 200 people packed Springfield’s Wildish Theater Tuesday evening to hear Mayor Christine Lundberg deliver her 5th “State of the City” address.

Mayor Lundberg began her speech by turning on a street lamp on the stage. This was to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Springfield. The city is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as updated street lamps. Lundberg introduced a video highlighting the creation of its new Simpsons mural, which was unveiled last August. And she revealed a new project set to begin this year.

Angela Kellner

Entering Pleasant Hill from Eugene on Highway 58, drivers are greeted by a large banner hanging on the side of a parked van. It reads “No More Taxes! Vote No…Pleasant Hill School Bond.”  

Just down the road is another banner urging voters to approve the school bond measure. The community is split on the nearly $18-million dollar, 20-year bond to upgrade the elementary and high school.

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