A year ago, on October 21, 2009, Kevin Dougherty, Eugene Weekly's art director, and so much more, passed away suddenly. We think about him every day. We wonder sometimes "what would Kevin do?" The Weekly, the Country Fair, his family both by blood and by love, and so many other friends in Eugene will always feel the effects of having had him in our lives.
Kevin's daughter Sarah put together this video in memory of her father on the anniversary of his passing.
For more memories of Kevin go here. And please share your memories as well.
To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead. — Samuel Butler
Last year's 16-song compilation CD of our Next Big Thing contest will be played in its entirety by Karen Proden on her "Thursday Free For All" program on KRVM, 91.1 FM.
The show runs from 5 to 7 pm. Give it some ear time.
Meanwhile, we're counting votes for this year's Next Big Thing contest and sending the top 40-getting songs off to our judges. Winners will be announced at our Oct. 29 Best of Eugene Awards Show.
Kevin Dougherty takes a break from the 8 at the Country Fair. Photo by Todd Cooper
Remembering Kevin Dougherty
Beloved storyteller, Deadhead, artist
by Suzi Steffen
Eugene Weekly Art Director and Production Manager Kevin Dougherty died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 21. Family, friends and co-workers today are reeling from the shock.
Dougherty began working at the Weekly in 1994 after graduating from LCCâ€™s graphic design program. Tim Blood, his adviser at LCC, wrote the Weekly an email to say that Doughertyâ€™s sudden death â€œis a huge loss to this community.â€ The cause of death has not been determined, but it appeared to be natural, according to the staff members who went to his house soon after his body was discovered.
He was originally from New York, where he earned a business degree, studied at Cooper Union and worked as a stockbroker for a short period of time. Dougherty followed the Grateful Dead to the West Coast and eventually to Eugene, according to staff members who worked with him for 15 years. â€œThey did tie-dyes in the bathtubs and would sell them at Grateful Dead shows,â€ said Classified Manager Geneva Miller.
Staff remembered him for his generosity and his passion. â€œHe would see me looking down or depressed and drop chocolate on my desk,â€ said reporter Camilla Mortensen. After large special issues such as Best of Eugene or Summer Guide, Dougherty always remembered to leave thank-you gifts on the desks of editorial members.
Bill Shreve, the Weekly's director of sales and marketing, said, â€œHe cared a lot about people.â€
That was obvious from his love for his children, according to every staff member interviewed. â€œHe was a great father,â€ Shreve said. Dougherty had three children, one of whom is a freshman at the UO and the youngest of whom set off alarms in the Weekly office yesterday when he called to wonder why his father hadnâ€™t picked him up from school.
â€œHe was so proud of all of his kids,â€ Miller said.
Dougherty was heavily involved with the Oregon Country Fair and was a member of the Fair Family. Many people in Eugene remember Dougherty as the owner of the classic Eugene Weekly VW van, which he bought from the paper and kept alive for as long as possible.
Dougherty, an artist, had a long involvement with art in Eugene. He helped found the Last Friday Artwalk, and he hosted early performances of the Lord Leebrick Theatre in his living room. â€œHeâ€™s done some great paintings,â€ said Todd Cooper, EW graphic artist and photographer. â€œLike his memorial box for Ken Kesey,â€ Miller said.
News Editor Alan Pittman, who was with the paper when Dougherty started, simply said, â€œIâ€™ll miss him.â€
There will be a celebration of Kevin's life at the WOW Hall on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 pm. The Weekly invites you to leave your memories of Kevin Dougherty in the comments below. This will be a moderated comment discussion, so please be respectful to Kevin and his family and friends. In addition, if you have mementos or photos of Kevin that you would like to share, Geneva Miller is hosting a memorial altar at the paper.
Kevin at a staff party. Photo by Ted Taylor.
Brewhaha, the fun and lively political forum with beer (or wine, water or just your own spit) is coming up at 6 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Davisâ€™ Restaurant on Broadway. Local political junkies will want to follow up an hour later with the Citizens for Public Accountability annual gathering at 7 pm at Tsunami Books on Willamette at 26th.
Speakers just announced for the Brewhaha meeting will talk about Eugeneâ€™s council/manager form of government, and how it might be updated and made more democratic. So far on the panel are Gary Gillespie of AFSCME: Bonny Bettman, recently retired city councilor; and Josh Foster, UO political science/pre-law student activist. Mayor Kitty Piercy has been invited to participate, along with others. CPA's meeting will include a panel on "accountability in public safety," with a focus on the police auditor and Civilian Review Board.
Brewhaha is a monthly event sponsored by The Bus Project and Eugene Weekly. For more information or to get on the Bus Project email list, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
You'll noticed the blog is sparse this week. Well, it's Christmas, Hanukkah and vacation time and the EW is both short-staffed and on early deadline.
So instead of saying much, I'll just post another video.
For all you under-employed writers out there, here's the "Freelance Anthem."
Oh, and sure, send us something. Who knows? You might even get published.
Molly: Still deciding whether 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,' the movie, is really that much better than the book.
Chuck: PSA headline of the week: "River Park District to Sponsor Computer"
Molly: A.O. Scott on 'Body of Lies': "If terrorism has become boring, does that mean the terrorists have won?" I snorted with laughter.
Suzi: Connecticut Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage: http://tinyurl.com/3ktahm
Molly is delighted to find a former member of Silver Scooter coming through town: www.myspace.com/superxxman
We're here, we're queer, we drink beer.