Deschutes Public Library News
Looking Back At The Bulletin
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 3/19/2003
Jim Crowell presents “The Legacy of the Bulletin: Strong Men, Strong Editors,” on Friday, March 21st at the Library Admin Conference Room at 4:30 pm. Crowell’s presentation is part of the History of the Month Series sponsored by Deschutes Public Library and Deschutes County Historical Society.
“In my opinion, the legacy of The Bulletin is unique in western print journalism,” states Crowell. “Beginning with George Palmer Putnam (1910 to 1919), through Robert W. Sawyer (1919 to 1953), and Robert W. Chandler (1953 until his death in 1996), The Bulletin was led by not one but three of the strongest and most respected journalists in the state’s history,” said Crowell. He contends the overall quality of The Bulletin’s current product is a direct result of more than 80 consecutive years of hands-on direction by three of the most influential men ever to live in Central Oregon.
Jim Crowell, a Bend resident since 1940, is uniquely qualified to speak about the history of The Bulletin. After earning his bachelor’s degree from University of Oregon, he returned to Bend to serve as a photographer and general assignment reporter for The Bulletin. After stints at both the LaGrande Observer and The Oregonian he returned to University of Oregon where he earned his master’s degree in Journalism. His master’s thesis was a biography of George Palmer Putnam, the first editor/publisher of The Bulletin as a daily newspaper. He is the author of four plays, two of which have been produced, and one unproduced screenplay. Currently, Crowell is the Member Services Director at Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information call 617-7072.