Here's a note from Bill Ellis.
"I enjoyed reading your list of nominees for state flags, but as a lifelong Oregonian, relocated to Spokane in 2006, I must comment on your choice for the Oregon flag. If you wanted a writer you needed either David James Duncan, raised in East County Portland and now removed to Montana, or Ken Kesey. Indeed, Kesey on the Oregon flag just north of Jerry Garcia on the California flag (a great choice, by the way) would have really looked good for the left coast.
"You might also have been a bit whimsical in another direction and chosen Phil Knight. But if you wanted a serious choice, which is not necessarily what this is all about, I know, Dr. John McLoughlin, otherwise known as 'The Father of Oregon' is the only way to go. Raymond Carver was born in Oregon but he was raised in Yakima, and then moved later to Palo Alto or some place like that. Fine writer, but Yeech as a choice for the state flag."