Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Starring role for campus

I came across photographs today of not one but two television filming events here on the Marquam Hill campus, both in the 1970s.

The first
was filming for the television series Movin' On, which shot an episode on the UOHSC campus in 1974. I'm not old enough to remember this one, but Wikipedia tells me that it featured Claude Akins and Frank Converse as truckers. No mention in that article of which episode might have been filmed out here in Oregon; maybe the men are truckers with hearts of gold who give presents to sick children. You can't tell much about the plot from the photographs themselves.

The second event was the filming, in 1979, of the made-for-television movie Walking Through the Fire, which was based on a book of the same name written by Laura Lee. It tells the story of a young pregnant woman who discovers that she has Hodgkin's Disease.

The nearly-completed tram is sure to become a major draw for filmmakers. I'm already envisioning the potential chase scenes for the next James Bond movie....

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