Writing by Ron Abell

Growing Up and Finally, Kind of, Figuring it out: 1932-1968

Ron Abell became a well-known and highly respected journalist, editor, writer, and teacher in Oregon.  His path to that achievement was indirect and wandering at times, though hardly uninteresting.  He grew up in a large immigrant family in Los Angeles in earlier, slower, gentler days.  It wasn't until he made an uncalculated, almost desperate move to Oregon to study journalism, after time in the army and knocking around, that he got a glimpse of what he was going to do, and do well.

He looks back and describes with the same color and humor found in his novels his slow maturation and early career, culminating in his assessment of the political campaign that turned anti-war U.S. Senator Wayne Morse out of an office he had held for decades.

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Read thecomplete Ron Abell Memoir

Read individual chapters
1. Beginnings
2. Virginia Road
3. My life in music
4. Dorsey High
5. Yosemite
6. Mission Pharmacy
8. Fort Ord
9. Traveling
10. Odd jobs
11. Interlude
12. University of Oregon
13. Pacific Palisades
14. Whidbey Island
15. Cop Shop
16. Eugene Register-Guard
17. Some personal observations on the Wayne Morse re-election campaign of 1968 
18. Pen names

A 2012 documentary on Wayne Morse that includes interviews with Ron Abell can be found at the Oregon Public Broadcastingsite.