Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Beginning: A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm by John Dodge




An unexpected phone call and a blog post ten days later from a well-known Pacific Northwest weather scientist became the two key ingredients that motivated me to write this book on the deadly 1962 Columbus Day storm.

-- from the author's Preface to A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm by John Dodge.

On October 12, 1962, a windstorm slammed the Pacific Northwest coast, with wind gusts reaching 127 mph in Portland. Dozens of people died and hundreds were injured. Over 50,000 homes were damaged. And the storm leveled enough timber to build 1,000,000 homes, which spurred the Asian log export market and the Oregon wine industry. Journalist John Dodge tells a lively and detailed story of this catastrophic storm and its lasting effect on the region.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


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