Lecture, Book Talk     Series: History Pub

Crash Course: The Portland Air Disaster that Made History and Changed History

Free and open to the public
Monday, April 29, 2019
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
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Event Type: Lecture, Book TalkAudience(s): Family-friendly, Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

Accidents don't just happen. On a cold winter night in 1978, a DC8 passenger jet with 189 aboard crash-landed, out of fuel in a suburban neighborhood on East Burnside. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight crew training took place that made United Flight 173 (in)famous worldwide as the model for failure and change. That was only the half of it.

Hiding in plain sight for years in an attorney's file boxes, the forgotten truths of the landmark air disaster reveal much more: an emotional journey tethered to the disgraced pilot and a three-year-old survivor named Lisa who became an unlikely hero for justice and public safety in the rollercoaster legal battle that followed. This is the long-overdue, true story of a misunderstood airline disaster that forever changed the lives of those on board and countless others—including yours.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Julie Whipple is an award-winning journalist and educator from Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis on nonfiction, and has worked as a reporter in Kenya and Tanzania where she was the East Africa correspondent for the London-based, weekly news magazine Africa Economic Digest. She also filed stories for the London ObserverSouth Magazine, Radio France International and Deutsche Welle among others. In the United States, her work has been published in the Christian Science MonitorThe Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal and Portland Monthly. She and her first book, Crash Course (2018) have been featured on KOIN 6 News, KATU 2, KBOO radio, The Oregonian, and Powell's on Burnside. She holds professional memberships in the Authors Guild and PEN America.

Julie Whipple. Photo by Andy Davies

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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