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Wild Card/Sunday — 5/13/07

I forgot to mention that I talked to Merle Parsley by phone Friday evening. Merle? He’s the other combatant in the 1966 thrilla with the late Ron Rankin. I posted Merle’s version of the fight last week. But he followed up with a phone call just before I left work Friday. He’s retired now, after serving several stints as state Insurance Fund manager for Cecil Andrus and John Evans. He got the boot in 1994 when Republican Phil Batt became governor. Merle relished retelling the story of the fight at the Demo state convention at the old North Shore. He told me that his first teaching stint was in Calder, where he and his wife had taken a summer job as fire lookouts on Huckleberry Mountain, and he was curious about that shooting Thursday night. More later. Here’s your Sunday Wild Card …

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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