Collection SR 2534 - Oh What a Night

Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 01) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 02) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 03) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 04) Oh What a Night!  (Transcript)

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SR 2534

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Oh What a Night

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  • 2004-03-18 (Creation)

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2 Audiocassette (1 hr., 32 min., 11 sec.) + Transcript (44 pp)
online resource (4 audio files (1 hr., 32 min., 11 sec.) + Transcript (1 PDF file)

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(1933-2017)

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Vera Katz was born Vera Pistrak in 1933 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her family moved to the United States during World War II, where she grew up in New York. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1962, she embarked upon a political career. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, representing Portland and Multnomah County, from 1972 to 1990, where she became the first woman Speaker of the House in 1985. She then served as Portland Mayor from 1993-2005.

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(1933-2019)

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Norma Paulus was born in Nebraska in 1933. Her family relocated to escape the Dust Bowl, eventually settling in Burns, Oregon in 1938. After graduating high school, she got a job as secretary to the District Attorney of Harney County. After moving to Salem and working as a secretary for Judge Latourette, she decided to go to law school at the age of 24. She took night classes at Lewis and Clark College and graduated in 1962. She passed the Oregon State Bar the same year. She met her husband, Bill Paulus, while she was at law school and they married in 1958. She was an appellate lawyer in Salem, Oregon, and argued before the Oregon Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Marion County Boundary Commission by Governor Tom McCall in 1969, which was the beginning of her political career. She represented Marion County in the Oregon House of Representatives, from 1970-1976. She then served as Oregon's first woman Secretary of State from 1977-1985. She also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1986. She was then appointed to the Northwest Power Planning Council, from 1987-1990, then served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1990-1999. She later served as the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society from 2000 to 2003. She died in 2019.

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(1923-2011)

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Betty Lucille Roberts, nee Cantrell, was born in Kansas in 1923. She grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where her family struggled greatly throughout the Depression. In 1942, she married Bill Rice, a drill instructor in the U.S. Army Air Forces, and after the end of World War II, they settled in Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a banker. Roberts continued her education while raising a family, and she graduated from Portland State College in 1958. Rice objected to her acceptance of a high school teaching position, and they divorced soon after. She soon got involved in local politics and was elected to the school board in the Lynch Elementary School District in East Portland, Oregon. In 1960, she married Oregon politician Frank L. Roberts. In 1961, she earned a Master of Science in political science from the University of Oregon, then took night classes at Northwestern College of Law in Portland. She graduated in 1965 and passed the bar in 1966. She was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives as a Democrat while still in law school. She represented Multnomah County in the Oregon House from 1965 to 1968. She and Frank L. Roberts divorced in 1966, and she married Oregon Representative Keith Skelton in 1968, the same year she won a seat in the Oregon Senate, where she served from 1969 to 1977. She ran unsuccessfully for Oregon governor in 1974, and was appointed by Governor Bob Straub to the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1977. She was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1982 by Governor Vic Atiyeh, and she retired in 1986. After retiring, she focused her efforts on women's rights. She helped found Oregon Women Lawyers in 1989, and she presided over the state's first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in 2004. She died in 2011.

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Audio recording of an Oregon Historical Society event, consisting of a panel discussion moderated by Melody Rose. Gretchen Kafoury, Vera Katz, Norma Paulus, and Betty Roberts discuss the womens' movement in addition to their experiences in the Oregon State legislature in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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Oh What a Night!, 2004 March 18, SR 2534, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Program held at the Oregon Historical Society on March 18, 2004.

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