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“The Covered Bridge Capital of the West” Wineries • Dining • Historic Sites Covered Bridges • Shopping Recreation • Scenic Bikeway We hope you enjoy your stay and come back soon.

• Walk and Tour the Downtown Murals • Visit the Gold Mining Museum, Cottage Grove Historical Museum, Dr. Snap House, and the Genealogical Society • Walk or Bike the Row River Trail • Tour the Covered Bridges • Check out the great shops and galleries in our Historic Downtown • Discover the beauty of Dorena Lake and Cottage Grove Lake Come visit us at these great Chamber Events: • Trick-or-Treat on Main Street • Christmas in Cottage Grove December 1, 2018 • Free Concerts in the Park every Wednesday, July through August • Main Street Chili Cook-off July 27, 2019

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FROM THE MAYOR I would like to welcome everyone to come out and help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of the filming of the movie “Animal House.” Those of us living here in 1978 remember fondly how Main Street became a Hollywood set. Streets were blocked off, film crews were everywhere and for some of us it was even hard to go to school knowing this was going on in our small town. I hope everyone takes part in this other memorable occasion as we go for the World’s Largest Toga Party on 8-18-18 at Bohemia Park. Hope to see you there. –Jeff Gowing Cottage Grove Mayor


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On behalf of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, I want to welcome all friends, family and alumni of National Lampoon’s “Animal House”. We are excited that you’re with us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest comedies ever made. Whether you’re here for the toga party, the parade or the film festival, we hope you’ll take some time to enjoy our community and meet the people that really make it special. We have many great shops and restaurants to enjoy as you tour the town in search of scenes from “Animal House” and several other movies that were filmed here. Hundreds of locals have served as extras and they each have a unique story to tell so be sure to ask the people you meet about their favorite movie memories.


We hope you’ll stay long enough to tour our six covered bridges and 22 scenic murals or bike the Row River Trail to see rare wildflowers and song-birds on your way to Dorena Lake. We also have several wineries that are within a short drive from town. You can choose to go north and sample wines from the South Willamette Valley or head south and enjoy varieties from the North Umpqua region. Whatever you choose, we hope you’ll enjoy your time in Cottage Grove and we invite you to come back and see us again. There’s always more to see and something fun to do while you’re here. –Travis Palmer Executive Director Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce

















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tis Day was born on September 21, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, as DeWayne Arthur Jessie. He is an actor, known for “Animal House” (1978), “Darktown Strutters” (1975) and “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978). Younger brother of ‘50s R&B singer Obediah “Young” Jessie and a member of The Coasters, Jessie continues to tour the country as Otis Day.

he CRY! Is a fivepiece rock ‘n’ roll (Power-pop) band from Portland OR. With influences like The Boys, The Ramones and The Stones, the band has re-crafted the two min. pop song for a new generation. The CRY! effortlessly merges 50’s style vocal harmonies, the jangle of 60’s pop hooks and the glam-rock attitude of the 70’s with the raw punkish emotion of the Portland street culture from which they emerged. Founded in 2011, The CRY!’s self-titled/self-produced debut album (released in Nov. 2011) was released/distributed by SP Records/Tokyo and Taken By Surprise Records/Munich. has sold-out six pressings (CD&12”LP) and earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Maximum Rock’n’Roll and dozens of other industry sources worldwide. On March 15, 2014 the CRY! released their second studio LP “Dangerous Game.” Even before it’s release the highly anticipated album earned high-praise within the pow-

er-pop/rock ‘n’ roll community and has garnered dozens of critical reviews. One label executive, after hearing a mix of the new album, summed up his critique in one word: “epic!” In Sept, 2014 The CRY!’s “Dangerous Game: US Edition” was released for U.S. distribution. The collection features 13 tracks taken from the previous two Japanese and European releases and a never before released track “Last Thing That I Do” The CRY! motto, “Never Suck,” has produced a professionalism, work ethic and sense-of-purpose typically seen in older well-seasoned acts. The band’s hard work, upbeat energy, stage presence, hooky songwriting, and “DO-IT-YOURSELF” attitude have garnered over 150,000 views on YouTube , and a strong social networking fan-base. Influences Ramones, The Clash, The Boys, David Bowie, Johnny Thunderstorms, The Exploding Hearts, The Beach Boys, T-Rex, The Sweet, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick

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ACTOR BIOS Katherine Wilson


atherine Wilson was born in Klamath Falls, OR. to school teachers who lived and taught on the Chiloquin Indian Reservation. Her father was childhood friends with director James Ivory. She attended the University of Oregon as an English major, and soon became an actress for the burgeoning 16mm Poetic Cinema filmmakers that included members of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. Concurrently, she was discovered by director Mark


Rydell for his film “Cinderella Liberty” (1973). Mark brought her to Hollywood and encouraged her to attend film school at the University of California. However, she wanted to continue as a filmmaker in Oregon, and has worked ever since to create a film industry in the Northwest tradition. It was in lobbying the governor’s office for the indigenous filmmaker that Katherine was chosen as the governor’s liaison to the set of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)

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wherein she became fast friends with Jack Nicholson and Michael Douglas. She became visible as an advocate for films in Oregon, helping producers and writers with L.A. contacts and creating networking organizations on a grass-roots level, as well as providing a myriad of services for Hollywood Productions. Her first major film as location scout and location casting director was for the notorious “Animal House” (1978). She provided these services for the next 20

years on many films, including “Stand by Me” (1986) but with her literary background she felt she could better serve her community by developing and creating screenplays that were made to film in the Northwest. She has worked with thirty-some writers doing this, and has recently completed five of her own, to great accolades for her work from Hollywood writers, directors, producers, and actors, some of them Academy-Award level professionals. In 2007 she was honored for her career in film with a week-end long party at the Pendleton Round-Up, with filmmakers flying in from all over the country. Since then, she has mentored young filmmakers and wrote and produced “Animal House of Blues: How a Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster or Two” (2012)_ with 10 graduating students from the University of Oregon’s Cinematic Studies department. They won “Best Documentary by a Northwest Filmmaker” at the Eugene International Film Festival; and have since mentored even more students who re-edited, re-scored and re-shot it for a new edition: ‘Animal House of Blues 33.3 Edition’. In 2017 she completed her memoirs called ‘Echoes From the Set: 50 years of Filming On Location: Hollywood & Oregon’s Cinematic Literary Voices.’ Bios continue on page 8

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ary Louise Weller was born September 1, 1946, and raised in Los Angeles. The onetime top New York model made her film debut with a small uncredited role in “Serpico” (1973). Weller was especially memorable as a beautiful marine biologist in the made-for-TV picture “Hunters of the Reef” (1978) and, likewise, solid as professor Andrew Prine’s college student lover in the superior haunted house horror winner “The Evil” (1978). But she achieved almost cultural-icon status with her excellent performance as sorority girl Mandy Pepperidge in the uproarious hit comedy “Animal House” (1978). After “Animal House,” Weller went on to play many notable roles in both comedy and drama.

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liza Roberts was born as Eliza Rayfiel. She is a casting director and actress, known for “Animal House” (1978), “Doctor Who” (1996) and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993). She has been married to Eric Roberts since August 16, 1992. She was previously married to James Simons.


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CG BECOMES FILM CAPITAL By Dave Bemis Photos coutesy of Vickie Benton and Christine Woody From November 10, 1977


igh above Main Street, the director is perched on the end of a long camera crane. The first assistant director continuously paces the length of the street, shouting his instructions through an electric megaphone so the crowd of extras can hear him above the din. Sound crews, light crews, make-up people, actors and spectators mill about while photographers jockey for position, trying to capture the scene on film. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” got underway in Cottage Grove yesterday (Wednesday), with the Universal Studios cast and crew staging a homecoming parade for the satirical film. The weather seemed perfect for the outdoor filming, with a few light clouds drifting in a sunny, if chilly, sky. In Hollywood movies, however, things are rarely what they seem to be, and the “perfect” weather was no exception. The first assistant director explained one longer-than-usual delay to the crowd. “We’re waiting for a cloud to cover the sun,” he shouted, and received a predictable round of laughter from the Oregonians crowding the sidewalks. Camera conditions and lighting were far from being the sole snag in yesterday’s operations, however, as the production unit tried to make everything “just so.” “We need to get a shot of him sta-


ple-gunning this banner up,” yelled one assistant director. “Did they have staple guns in 1962?” The film rolled only after he was assured, “I’m sure they did.” With about 250 paid extras and at least as many spectators huddled in the cold along the street, the morning’s work continued. “Wave, everybody! We need enthusiasm!” “That was perfect folks - so now, do it again.” “All right, now we’ll do the parade.” The filming, which will close Main Street to vehicles for four days, will also film about two days indoors at the National Guard Armory. Before the parade is over, the bad guys the “animal house” fraternity intend to run one of the parade’s floats into a false fire hydrant, which will spout very real water, rip another float apart by chaining it to a hollow utility pole, which will also shatter; hurl harmless smoke bombs off a roof and generally disrupt the glittering proceedings of mythical Faber College’s 1962 homecoming festivities. Amid the din of two high school bands marching by, the unit production manager was asked in Universal had been forced to make any major changes or plans so far. He replied, as he grinned and waved his arms in time to the music, “Are you kidding? Everything is wonderful!”

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By Graham Kislingbury Photos by Katherine Wilson From November 17, 1977


he question has often been asked this week: Why is the movie entitled “National Lampoon’s Animal House” when Universal is doing all the filming? Well, although the Hollywood studio is putting the whole thing together, the screenplay has been written by three zany writers associated with the National Lampoon magazine - Doug Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis. Co-producer Matty Simmons is chairman of the board of 21st Century Publications, which founded the Lampoon and the other producer, Ivan Reitman, also co-produced the off-Broadway and college tour of “The National Lampoon Show.” Since its inception in 1970, National Lampoon has been one of the most widely-read humor magazines in the world. In addition to monthly issues (each of which is published with a different theme such as “Greed,” “Justice,” “Puberty,” and “Medicine.”) the magazine publishes four specials a year. It has also produced three stage shows, two different radio shows. “Animal House” is the Lampoon’s first film. Mr. Kenney and Mr. Miller participated in the Main Street filming this week. A Harvard English major and editor of the Harvard Lampoon, Mr. Kenney became founding editor of the National Lampoon in 1970 and remained its editor for six years. Among his many Lampoon writings, he was co-author of the immensely popular “High School Yearbook,” issue, WHY? Continues on page 14


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WHY? Continues from page 12 which helped spark the Lampoon’s movement into films. Mr. Kenney says he is also working on a sequel to the yearbook issue, which will be published next year. It will be a parody of - none other than - a small town newspaper. In the movie, Mr. Kenney also plays the part of “Stork.” Mr. Miller is a freelance writer, lecturer and a contributing editor to National Lampoon. He has also written for Playboy, Our and other major magazines. Much of the material in “Animal House” is derived from his college experiences at Dartmouth. He plays the part of “Hard Bar” in the movie and is also writing a novel version of the film. The magazine has been trying to do a movie since it was founded and almost came up with a movie entitled “Movie,” which, according to Mr. Miller, would have been a parody of a newsreel, coming attractions and a feature attraction. But that fell through. Several years ago, Mr. Reitman and Mr. Simmons thought a movie could be made from the “National Lampoon Show.” “Harold (Ramis) started to write it, ultimately, when it shifted to a college parody,” says Mr. Miller, “I had been writing a lot of fraternity things, so at that point I came in. We all sat down and wrote a treatment, and, in January of 1976, Matty Simmons took it to Hollywood and had a tentative deal.” “Universal brought (Director John) Landis to us. They said this is a great script and this is the man to direct it. And, instantly, John bought it.” As a writer, Mr. Kenney says one thing he appreciates most about the movie is the “raw physicality” of it. “Here you can talk to the stunt men, you can work with the prop shop, you can actually use your mind and esthetic abilities - and move your body. It’s almost, for me, as if I found a wholeness in movie making that was absent from just writing.” The film is set in a small eastern col-


lege town in the early ‘60s. It depicts the hilarious and outrageous adventures of members of Faber College’s “animal house” fraternity. Mr. Kenney, who was an undergraduate and ROTC student at Harvard in the early ‘60s, says he’s found great enjoyment in writing and participating in the production. “It speaks to a generation of movie goers now in their thirties that has gone through Vietnam, the Beatles and cultural changes that people like Mel Brooks - and even Woody Allen - haven’t had the opportunity to go through. It’s a lot more literate than a Mel Brooks’ film and there’s’ a lot more physical action than there might be in a Woody Allen film. “What we’re trying to do is bring back the best elements of old comedy - snappy dialogue and smart screen writing, not relying on old ‘40s gags and vaudeville stunts, exclusively. And Landis really has a gift for the type of comedy that hasn’t existed for years. Both writers say that Cottage Grove has been a perfect town to film the homecoming scenes (which will be shown in the final 10 minutes of the movie.) “There’s been tremendous cooperation from all the wonderful people,” says Mr. Kenney. “And since I’ve been here, I’ve learned how to chew snuff and chewing tobacco. The people have been very friendly, very engaging, interested in the film, and they’ve been wonderful as extras.” Something that’s been apparent throughout the filming is that the two writers, the director and most others involved in the production are having fun doing it. “I think the theme of the movie is that fun is good,” says Mr. Miller. “not only good, but it’s a biological necessity,” Mr. Kenney adds. “You have to have it. If you live only in the world and accept things as they are, You’re missing an awful lot of life.”

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do with it. But 800 miles north of Universal Pictures sat a pair of recent University of Oregon grads eager to get into the film world. Katherine Wilson was in charge of Stage 3 Productions which was under the umbrella of Bob Laird’s Oregon Film Factory. The duo worked together and had dabbled in scouting for spots to film – with insight from Wilson, a sixth-generation Oregonian – while mainly producing local commer-

cials. But in 1977, Laird received a call that would change their lives as they helped bring a “B drive-in movie” to Oregon. Bob Laird: We did location scouting for movies and this guy calls me and says, “It’s a long shot but do you have a college up there?” Yes, we have University of Oregon. Big state school it’s like 10,000 people that go there. And he said, “Cool.” Katherine Wilson: After Bob got

off the phone he calls me and says, “Oh my God Katherine, we’ve got a hot one here. That guy Peter that you schlepped around remembered seeing, he liked what he saw an ivy-covered campus Laird: He said do you have a fraternity scene with a really cool fraternity right next to a really ugly looking fraternity? Boy, it was perfect. 11th St. was perfect. History continues on page 18

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History continues from page 17 movie in town about fraternities and we want a parade down sort of the main street of town. Would you be willing?” And the production manager said this is a perfect place to set up all these little indoor scenes. Pillow fight, all that stuff. And the parade. It’s perfect. Wilson: The important thing was Cottage Grove was in a 30-mile radius of what we called the studio zone. They picked their production office very carefully because the studios have rules about, well, it just costs them a ton of money. All the union crews have to have travel and rooms if its outside of the zone. Cottage Grove was 22 miles away. And perfect. PART II: GETTING THE GANG TOGETHER

Katherine Wilson and John Belushi Wilson: I knew where some other stuff was and all four of us at the Oregon Film Factory spread in four different directions shooting. Laird said this could be the fraternity. He shot it on 16 mm camera and we just spread in four different directions. All of us shooting what we knew was on the 26-location list that that guy had given Bob. When I got back to the office and I called and they said, “Do you really have all of these locations?” And I didn’t want to make Laird sound like a liar, right? And I said “yeah, we’ve got them all.” Laird: About a week later they all showed up. A producer and John Landis, the director. Ivan Rightman. John Loyd who turned into a great friend, the art director. I picked them up in my 1962 Mercury which weighed about 5,000 pounds and had bad shocks so it leans to the left. And they got in and they all leaned to


the left and I took them around town. What had happened was they had been to two or three universities. They had gone to, the one I can remember, is the University of Missouri and they were disgusted. The script was just terrible. And it was terrible! It was. I took them around and they said you know, trying to be very subtle, they knew they had been refused three or four places and they said, “Can we talk to the president?” Wilson: They said, do you think the UO will let us shoot there? We’ve got kicked out of every place we went to. The last place we went to had protest signs up that said no National Lampoons movie here. And I said, that’s easy, this is the home of the Merry Pranksters. And I had inroads into the UO since my great grandfather helped start it. My mom and dad went there. I went there.

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Laird: And William Boyd was president at UO at the time and before that he was president of a little school in New England in the late 60s and he had a script and he said no way is this going to happen, the guy [expletive] his best friend’s mother. So he said no and it turned out to be “The Graduate.” And so, he told us, “ok.” And I was there, actually. I was there with John Landis the director and he said ok, let’s do it and made a deal for some money and that kind of stuff. Wilson: I went to Johnson Hall and Laird and I went with John Landis and we talked to the president and he said sure we can film here. And Landis just about fell out of his chair. Laird: So, we needed a town to do the parade. I can’t remember who I talked to but we talked in the armory. I said, “here’s the deal, we have a


ow with a movie coming to Cottage Grove, all that was needed were people to be in it. Calls for local extras to be featured in the climactic parade scene were made in the paper, on the news and over the radio and sure enough, plenty of people showed up. The exact number of how many remains unknown. Reports at the time, and in subsequent publications, have reported as few as 250 people and as many as 4,000. Lloyd Williams (Cottage Grove resident): When “Emperor of the North” was shot in ‘72, there were a lot of people that kind of got involved with that because they needed extras for that. Even my dad was an extra in that film. But so, there was a little familiarity to, “Oh, another film is being shot here and they need extras. We’ve heard about that.” And it’s a chance to be a part of it more than to make money. Vickie Benton (extra): That’s what it was, just anybody come down and sign up. And boy we came right down. And it was



Christine Woody (extra): We talked it over and said, we want to do that. We’ll go be extras. Benton: And the town was a lot smaller then and we knew almost everybody in town. It was like a family reunion almost every day and the food, I remember they served us really good food. Hilda Kracht (Homecoming Princess): I went to try-out, I think it was at the EMU. I don’t know how many people went, there was a lot of people trying out. You had to walk on stage as I recall and they kind of said, “Ok.” You went on stage in a group of people and I think they were just looking for the extras, various extras, and they just kind of said, “You, you, you, you and you.” And they said meet at the Roadway Inn on Gateway, the bus leaves at 6 a.m. so be there about 5:45 a.m. We got on the bus and as soon as we got on the bus – once everybody got there they said, you’re on bus one, you’re on bus two and there were two buses. I was on bus one. So we were the first bus to leave and when we got there, they pulled me off and said you are, follow me, you are the homecoming queen and

that’s how it went. It wasn’t like a big tryout or anything. I think they just kind of looked at you and, you know – I had dark hair at the time and what not and maybe that was why they chose me. I don’t know. Sean McCartin (“Lucky Boy”): My mom was in a few local commercials and she belonged to a talent agency run by a friend of hers (Wilson). So she’s a part of this talent agency in Eugene and then I became a part of the talent agency as well and so I did, you know, some local commercials as a little guy or whatever as well. What I think happened was Universal Studios called this talent agency in Eugene and said, “Hey, can you help us get these extras? You know, these volunteers and also, here’s a few smaller bit parts. Do you have anybody that fits these descriptions?” And so I, get fit the characteristics of a scene and so they called me in for a couple interviews. And then I remember I got the phone call and they said, “Hey, you got the part.” Wilson: I needed 1,400 extras and I needed 400 that were already established in the shot from Eugene. College kids. Ok. Also, you know we let a lot of other location people have some fun that provided the locations or helped us at the

university. We invited them to be an extra for a day and get $2 an hour or something like that. Williams: The male extras had to cut their hair so that you can look the part. You can’t look like some wild guy, had to be clean shaven. Had to be what you’d expect to see in 1962. McCartin: I grew up in a very small town (Elmira), a single-parent home, on a farm. You know, in a very rural area. I was part of the hippie culture and I had really long hair. And in grade school I was mistaken for a girl quite often. The reason I mention that is because the first thing they did was cut all my hair off because you know, it was set in the 60s. And so I need to have a haircut so I got shaved and my girlfriend at the time broke up with me because she didn’t like my hair. I remember that was one of the casualties. No, seriously. I could tell you her name, but I better not. PART III: MAYHEM, MADNESS AND FUN


ith Main Street. shut down for multiple days, what seemed to be the whole town showed up to either be extras or at least watch the spectacle of what was going on. All that was needed now was consecutive days of clear skies in Oregon in the middle of November.

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Wilson: They were creating the schedule and said, Katherine, what week in November does it not rain here? And I said that doesn’t happen. November, it like pours all month long. And my grandfather (who lived in Cottage Grove) could smell the weather. He could predict the weather. He was a farmer, like a third-generation farmer out on River Road. And he said, “No,

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History continues from page 19 no, no there’s going to be about five days, a week of really cold but clear weather in November.” So I told the production that. We didn’t have paid meteorologists back then. And so they scheduled it that week. And my grandfather was like 12 hours off. It rained the night after our first day and I don’t know this for sure but the lore is that my grandfather came out and dried the street with a field burner. Kracht: It was very cold. It was very, very cold. We all had to bundle up in really warm jackets while we were waiting to be filmed.

then they turned the National Guard Armory into a sound stage and they shot bedroom scenes in there and stuff like that. And then for three days they do this parade scene on Main St. Benton: Everyone just really friendly and kind. Our sons were eight and so when they were filming our sons were laying on the road like this (hands under their chin) watching under the camera man and the camera

on set. So that was kind of cool. So hanging on set was fun and then at lunch, at meals, all the actors and staff eat at this cafeteria. And I remember I hung out with Kevin Bacon and sat next to him in the cafeteria eating lunch. I think that was his first movie. Kislingbury: At The Sentinel we had a football contest and I would do weekly competitions, you’d have high school, college, pros. So I wondered over and

Wilson: The princesses and the Playboy Bunny girls and I’m like a den mother, those are my people. And I think I gave my fleece lined leather jacket to one of the girls. Benton: It was cold but we were so excited and so happy that the cold didn’t bother us. McCartin: You know, at the time of course, nobody knows maybe the impact it’s going to have but what happened was I had to get out of school which was kind of a big deal. So I had to talk with the principal or whatever and say, hey, I’m in a movie and what needed to happen was I just needed to be on set and be available for when they filmed my scene. So I got to hang out, I want to say I was on set for you know three to four days. Wilson: The whole town of Cottage Grove showed up. The kids skipped school. Who would want to miss a parade for five days? Because that’s how long it took us. Graham Kislingbury (Former Sentinel reporter): It was the most fun because I had read National Lampoon in college. So some of the writers are there and Belushi is there and John Landis, the director, all these people and


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man didn’t care. It was so cute. McCartin: Once I got the part, I was on set, John Landis, the director, kind of took an interest in me and I was like his buddy. He just took me under his wing and everywhere he went he’d just say, Sean, just stay close. And so I was hanging out in his hip pocket. And he just was the nicest guy and so I watched you know, how these scenes were made. The different takes, you know. Let’s try that again. And then Belushi’s wife, at the time, took me shopping for the clothes that I wore

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said, hi John (Belushi), I’m the sports editor here, how would you like to be our guest prognosticator this week? “Oh yeah, I love this stuff. So how’s Cottage Grove? Alright, ok, they’ll win, blah, blah, blah.” He was really affable. And then, I said, “Thanks so much, could I do a little interview with you?” And he just tears into me. He says, “All you reporters are a bunch of assholes. I’m not going to do an interview.” And John Landis hears this and he grabs him and just kind of dresses him

down and says, “Don’t be rude to these people. They’ve been very good to us and wonderful coverage. Give him the interview.” McCartin: I remember I think Landis said, “Ok Sean, we’re up. And go to make up, do that.” So I got ready, I went into our set and you know, they explain what’s going to happen. It was literally a stunt woman from LA and there was two saw horses and a piece of plywood set up outside the window. You know, because she flies into my bed. So she, the first take, action, she flies in and elbows me in the side. And so I said my line, “Thank you, God.” And then they brought the sound meter out and said, hey Sean, that was great. It just wasn’t loud enough. And so they did it again and I said, “Thank you, God.” And then they said, that’s a wrap. It literally took, seemed like 10 minutes. Two takes. And I was done. Woody: So when they hit the bleacher, everyone has to stand up and go and I have about a five second, 10 second shot there. And the reason I got to sit there was because there was a lady sitting there the day before that had a gold sweater on. Well, I changed my outfit that day and I happened to put on this gold mohair sweater and they said, we need you to sit in the bleachers, we’re missing a lady that’s supposed to be sitting right here. So I got to sit behind the dean and the mayor there. So I got a little part. Kracht: As soon as we got off the bus she said, you are going to be the homecoming queen, follow me. And then I went into makeup, they put a dress on me, makeup, pearls, white gloves, put my hair up. And off on and they told you to wait in a certain area and then the car came and they told you where to sit etcetera. So on the car, I’m sitting on the back of the convertible and so we just, I think it was three or four days of



filming. Just for that small, little part that I got. It was all day for four days and there were so many takes and every take they would call you over and somebody from makeup would come over and would d your makeup and that type of thing.

you know, whatever it took was our motto at the Oregon Film Factory. If they needed someone to get the long-haired hippies out of the shot, we had to do that. It was just mayhem, it was madness and it was so frickin’ incredibly fun.

Woody: All the extras were having fun. We had a hard time not smiling when we were running because we were supposed to be scared. We were having so much fun it was hard not to smile. They kept saying, “Don’t smile, don’t smile. Remember you’re scared!” Wilson: Mostly I remember running around with a chicken with my head cut off because I didn’t just have to tell the extras “show up here.” I had to go and do vouchers and check them in and



he movie, the plot of which the extras involved did not know, came out on July 28, 1978. Those involved and interested made their way to Eugene for a special premiere where they looked for themselves, friends and family in the backgrounds of scenes that were taking place in familiar locations. There they were, engrained forever in cinematic history. Williams: When the show was

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opening and we had a chance to go to a premiere. I don’t even know how we got all of this at the McDonald Theatre. So this was really, really cool.

McCartin: So it was a big deal. The streets were packed and I kind of got, I got kind of a royal treatment. Not a bunch, but I got escorted in. And I was there History continues on page 22

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with everybody and a lot of my mom’s friends and family members. Some of who were extras, volunteers. And it was kind of fun that way. And I do remember watching the movie and when my scene came up, I remember it got a pretty strong laugh comparatively speaking. As far as the decibel level of the laughter so that was fun. Kracht: I didn’t even know I was going to be on screen until I went to the premiere and saw myself. I had no idea. Benton: It was just a good feeling. A really good feeling because you kind of feel like well look what I did. Especially because our kids got to do it with us. It was a family thing.

Kracht: Well, I was kind of feeling elation that I was even in the movie. You know, I would have had no idea because I just thought I was going to be this little side thing blah, blah, blah. It was really good though. It wasn’t like the spotlight was on me or anything like that. It was very quick. It’s me waving and what people – I didn’t know it was a major movie because at that point in time I didn’t even know about National Lampoons I don’t believe. I had never even heard of it. Kislingbury: We just howled through the whole thing. Just loved it and we knew every place in the movie. Woody: And of course, the first time you watch the movie, you

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don’t really watch the movie. You’re looking in the background the whole time. Williams: The local people, there’s several others in the crowd that I know and a lot of older people that have passed on but now their families are discovering, “That’s grandpa there!” And those people, a lot of them, were just doing normal mannerism things because they didn’t know they were being filmed sometimes. And I think that’s what Landis wanted and I think it made it look more natural instead of somebody all stiff. Woody: I’ve shown my children and my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren. Grandma is a movie star, I’ll show you.

Benton: And I was in the grocery store scene. They were stealing food and I was pushing my daughter in a grocery cart and we’re like a split second going around the corner in the grocery store. McCartin: You know, the “Thank you, God” line is funny because I’ve been in public ministry now for 30 years. I work with high school kids for 10 and I’ve been a pastor for 20. I’ve played the clip because if you YouTube it there’s a 30 second clip that’s kind of fun. And some people are like oh wow. It’s an ongoing conversation starter. It’s fun. And all of my, I have three boys, 26, 24 and 17 and they find it a kick to show it to their friends. Hey, check out my dad on YouTube.




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Martha Anne Smith aka Barbara ‘Babs’ Jansen


ut of her hundreds of TV appearances, Martha Smith is perhaps best known as “Francine Desmond”, intelligence agent (and nemesis of star Kate Jackson) on the CBS series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (1983). Raised in Farmington, MI, Martha--an honor student with a mention in “Who’s Who of American Students”--enrolled in Michigan State University at 17 to study psychology. She soon became an in-demand model and spokeswoman, whose travel demands uprooted her from her studies. She was “discovered”

by a scout for Playboy magazine, selected as a centerfold (Miss July 1973) and promptly sent back on the road on press junkets. That road led to California. With the support of Universal Studios Contract Department, Martha honed her thespian skills in workshops while appearing in featured TV roles “How the West Was Won” (1976), “Quincy M.E.” (1976), “Charlie’s Angels” (1976), etc.). Her first major film role was in the comedy blockbuster “Animal House” (1978), where her “Barbara ‘Babs’ Jansen” character, a devious cheerleader, was arch-rival to John Belushi’s “Bluto”. Shortly after, she shared star billing with Debbie Allen in the CBS pilot “Ebony, Ivory and Jade” (1979), which marked her professional singing/dancing debut. During the actors strike of 1980, Martha produced and starred in an award-winning production of “Vanities”, co-starring with Rita Wilson (wife of Tom Hanks). More TV appearances followed (Happy

Days (1974), Taxi (1978), Dallas (1978), Fantasy Island(1977) and a special guest-starring role on a one-hour episode of Love, Sidney (1981) (as Tony Randall’s love interest). Martha then went on to star as a regular on NBC’s soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). One month after leaving “Days”, she landed the “Scarecrow” pilot, and spent the next four years on the popular series. Martha was co-creator and writer of the board game “Beverly Hills - a Game of Wealth & Status”, a “Monopoloy”-type game that was a satire of the community she has lived in for over 20 years. In 1987, she was included in the photo exhibit (and book) “The World’s Most Beautiful Faces” with such luminaries as Brooke Shields and Linda Evangelista. As a member of various improv groups in the 1990s, Martha used her writing skills to pen comedic sketches for live performances in L.A. clubs. In 1996, she co-authored a non-fiction book entitled, “Down-

dating”. The late 1990s saw Martha dabbling in production capacities on several indie films. In 1997, she and a partner wrote a futuristic socio-political screenplay (“Phoenix File”). Martha studied for three years at UCLA in production, screenwriting and language, and speaks French and Italian fluently. She has also negotiated real-estate deals for a selective clientèle in the L.A. estates market. In 1999, she began to sing again in local L.A. clubs, everything from French “chansons” to R&B duets. Then, on May 7, 2000, she married her singing partner, Keith England (formerly of The Allman Brothers Band, Montrose, The Tubes, among others). Keith also works in post-production and sings with his band as well as in various Film & TV projects. The couple resides happily in Beverly Hills. In 2000, Martha ventured back into acting and can be seen next in Netflix’s upcoming comedy film, “A Futile & Stupid Gesture.”

after the company’s inception. He resigned in the late 1960s to form 21st Century Communications which was later to become National Lampoon, Inc. The company went public in 1972 with Mr. Simmons as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Its first magazine was “Weight Watchers Magazine,” founded in 1968. In 1970, the company introduced “National Lampoon” which was to become the most popular humor magazine in publishing history. In 1972, Mr. Simmons produced the musical comedy “Lemmings” in which he introduced a number of new faces including John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest. Over the next years, Mr. Simmons produced three

other Lampoon stage shows: The National Lampoon Show, That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick, and The Class of ‘86. During that period, he also produced the “National Lampoon Radio Hour,” which was the most popular radio show in America in 1973 and 1974, and 12 comedy albums. In 1978 he produced, Animal House (1978), considered the most popular movie comedy of all time. He has also produced, among other films the National Lampoon “Vacation” series, the most popular family movie series (box office) of all time. In 1979, he was named “Producer of the Year” and in 1980, “Publisher of the Year” by industry organizations. His film and television discoveries include Michelle

Pfeiffer, Tom Hulce and Kevin Bacon. His film “Animal House” won the 1978 People’s Choice Award. Over the years, Mr. Simmons has written eight books including several best-sellers and in the 1960s was the principal owner of the San Francisco Warriors, later to become the Golden State Warriors. His most recent books, “If You Don’t Buy This Book, We’ll Kill This Dog”, and “The Credit Card Catastophe” were published in 1995 and 1996. In March of 1989, he sold his controlling interest in the National Lampoon, Inc., and now lives in Los Angeles and continues to write and produce movies and television.

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atty Simmons, born in Brooklyn, was a high school and college basketball player, who, at the age of 17, became a newspaper reporter for the New York World Telegram and Sun. After a brief stint in the army he became a New York press agent, opening his own firm and representing show business clients as well as commercial accounts such as Heinekein Beer. He then became one of the three men who started “The Diners Club,” the first all purpose credit card company and served as Executive Vice President of that company primarily directing its marketing and publishing operations including “Signature Magazine,” which he founded shortly

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“Louie Louie Oh no, We gotta go now... Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah”


his is the phrase from the song "Louie Louie" that The Kingsmen made famous. Since this legendary hit was first released, The Kingsmen have sold over 20 million records. They have released nine albums which have yielded 23 charted singles and four top 10-hits. "Louie Louie" has been the overwhelming theme adopted by fraternities, sororities, and high-school's throughout the world. The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" has been used in movies such as “Animal House,” Quadrophinia,” Coupe de Ville,” Spaced Invaders,” Naked Gun,” Past Away,” Dave, Jennifer 8,” Mr. Holland's Opus,” to name a few, as well as being used in many advertising campaigns to associate their products with good times. The Kingsmen have become America's Favorite

Party Band of all time. In 1963 The Kingsmen were playing local teenage nightclubs, high school proms supermarket openings, and teen-dances in Portland OR., when someone in the band came up with the idea of working on a cruise liner for the summer. The cruise company required a demo tape of the band. So the band went into a recording studio and recorded two songs. The session cost $36 dollars, and lasted only one hour. After playing the tape for some friends at KISN, a local radio station, the D.J.'s started playing the recording on the air. The response was so incredible, that The Kingsmen were offered a recording contract with a national label. The $36 wonder was "Louie Louie.” "Louie Louie" hit the national air waves in October of 1963, and by December, the record was dead. Or so the group thought. It seems as though, the parents of some students

from the University of Alabama got upset when they were told that the song "Louie Louie" was circulating through their school and it contained questionable lyrics. The wave of parental outrage lead to the banning of the record in the state of Indiana. This action, with the help of the national press, quickly reached world wide attention. The F.C.C. and the F.B.I. launched investigations. and "Louie Louie" took off. A few million records later, a Federal Judge, deeming the lyrics "unintelligible" lifted the bans, and The Kingsmen were on their way. The next five years found the band traveling nationally and making guest appearances on many national television shows such as, Shindig, American Bandstand, Hullabaloo, and Where the Action Is. Appearing in movies like, How to Stuff A Wild Bikini, with Annette and Frankie, and performing with The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, The Zombies, Peter and Gordon, and many ,many more.

The band went on to record hits like, "The Jolly Green Giant", "Money", and "Little Latin Lupe Lu.” The past several years you could find The Kingsmen in a "Louie Louie" parade in Philadelphia with an estimated crowd of 200,000 plus, or doing television commercials for "California Cooler,” "Purina Party Mix,” "Pizza Hut,”etc. or appearing on television shows such as "Bloopers and Practical Jokes,”"Entertainment Tonight,”"Tops of the Pops,”"Nashville Now,” to name a few. Today, original members, Mike Mitchell, Barry Curtis, and Dick Peterson are joined by bassist Todd McPherson, and Steve Peterson as they tour the country with their special magic and great rock and roll. The Kingsmen, still going strong. continue playing conventions, fairs, festivals, theme parks, colleges and benefits from coast to coast. The Kingsmen are known for their maturity and professionalism through out the world. They always portray hard-working, fun- loving, all-American boys. The Kingsmen with "Louie Louie" have become one of the most famous bands in the world and are enjoyed by all generations. In April of 1998, a United States Federal court rendered a landmark decision in favor of The Kingsmen , giving the ownership of all 105 original recordings, back to The Kingsmen. In 1998 the US Supreme Court upheld the decision. In 2005 The Kingsmen were honored by the Recording Academy (The Grammy’s) with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Music Industry.

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he 25th Anniversary Animal House Celebration was a huge success. Thousands turned out to revel in fine Greek form Saturday, as the city of Cottage Grove celebrated its participation in the making of an American movie classic, “Animal House.” Tim Flowerday, of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, said the event was a big boost to the community. “It went really well. There were very few problems, and there was a really good crowd. In terms of


the community, it had a real positive impact - and that’s what we wanted. A lot of merchants did a lot of business,” he said. The biggest draw of the daylong celebration was the re-creation of the parade scene in the movie, which was filmed in Cottage Grove in 1977. Police Chief Mike Grover, who participated in the parade in full toga and fun belt, said about 3,000 to 4,000 people lined the parade route. “I was in a toga at the beginning of the parade,” Grover said.

“It was wonderful. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of people came down to have a lot of fun. The community got involved, and there a lot less problems than anticipated.” Grover’s favorite of the parade - The Get a Life Marching Band of Portland. “It was really great. We haven’t had a marching band in Cottage Grove in years,” he said. The marching band was one of many “Animal House” favorites. Contest winners included

Greg Hamilton, 32, of Portland, who won the John Belushi looka-like contest. “I am the party animal,” he said, as he stopped and posed for photos during the parade. The Bookmine won best float with a “Faber Women, Better Women” theme. Mayor Gary Williams and former mayor Darrel Williams also dawned togas. Flowerday said it was amazing that so many people showed up for the contest. He said about 35 entries were in the parade, SUCCESS Continues on page 30

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SUCCESS Continues from page 26 and even a few last-minute entries. Flowerday spent Tuesday picking up ticket sale from businesses. He said about 1,800 tickets were sold. At $15 a pop, and including the 250 toga kits at $15, proceeds were about $28,250. “But, with the costs involved, we probably made only $3,000,” he said. About two years went into the planning of the event. Even the fire-hydrant scene in the movie was re-enacted. After the last float, a fire hydrant sprayed water across Main Street. Utter chaos broke out, including a food fight with a cake saying “Eat Me,” also seen in the movie. Flowerday said the two showings of the movie only drew half a house. “I think a lot people got lunch or were walking around town. You would see all these people walking around in togas. It was like a trip to another dimension,” he said. The day was capped off with a huge Toga Party at 12th and Main Street. The Kingsmen brought down the house with “Louie, Louie” and Otis Day and the Knights carried on the revelry. Grover said the party shut down about 11:30 p.m. With such success, rumblings were heard that the event should be held every year. “To do something of that magnitude would be hard. I’d rather wait another five years,” said Flowerday.

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Animal House 40th Reunion  

A look back at the 1977 filming of the National Lampoon's Animal House movie in Cottage Grove Oregon and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of...

Animal House 40th Reunion  

A look back at the 1977 filming of the National Lampoon's Animal House movie in Cottage Grove Oregon and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of...