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​First Tuesdays Pub Talk: Jumping into History

Paul Fattig, Author and Retired Journalist, is the First Tuesdays Pub Talk guest speaker, April 2, at the Four Daughters Irish Pub in Medford. Paul’s topic, “Jumping into History,” focuses on the nationally historic Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in the Illinois Valley. One of the four original bases created in 1943, before closing in the fall of 1981, the base housed more than 400 smokejumpers: including a future astronaut, world-class mountain climber, rocket scientist, superior court judge, and one man of the cloth.
Paul grew up in the Illinois Valley and knew many of the Siskiyou jumpers. His book, to be published later this year, focuses on 4 foot 11 inches tall Allen “Mouse” Owen, the shortest smokejumper in the nation’s history. While serving in the Marine Corps, Allan served three combat tours in Vietnam, yet he had to obtain a congressional waiver before becoming a smokejumper! He would loom large in the annals of smokejumping.
April 2, Jumping into History, 7:00 p.m., upstairs at the Four Daughters Irish Pub, 126 West Main. Talks last approximately an hour, with ample time for questions and discussion afterwards. First Tuesdays Pub Talks are a series of free monthly historical talks sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society, held the first Tuesday of the month.

Photo of Smokejumper 1973 base submitted.

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