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329 Acknowledgments A number of people helped with this book at various stages of its inception, creation, and completion. Many sat for interviews, shared their materials, or provided sound advice on how to proceed with my work. If you are not named below, you know who you are. Please accept my sincere thank you. This biography would not have been possible without strong support from the Straub family. From the start, Pat Straub, her son Mike, and the rest of the family made it possible for me to tell the true, complete story of Bob Straub. Their decision to share Bob’s struggles as well as his successes was brave and rare. During the six years it took to write and publish this book, they responded quickly when called upon to review what I had written or to assist me in getting more stories and information to make Bob’s tale more accurate and compelling. FromtheformationoftheStraubArchivesCommitteeatWesternOregonUniversity in the summer of 2000, Loren Wyss was determined that his friend Bob Straub, and the leadership he demonstrated for Oregon, should be properly remembered and studied by future generations in a biography. Whether my effort attains what Loren intended, time will tell. With Loren initiating, he and Mike Straub led the way in raising the funds to get the book written. They and the rest of the committee—including Jane Straub, Jim Straub, Governor Victor Atiyeh, Governor Barbara Roberts, Judy Wyss, Ken and Sarah Johnson (my parents), Janet McLennan, Barbara Hanneman, and Professor Mark Henkels—were invaluable with their insights into Governor Straub and their regular critiques of my writing. Governor Atiyeh, who graciously agreed to write the foreword and was a kindly voice of wisdom throughout, joked that this experience would teach me not to write something this large by committee. He was right that it was difficult, but the committee’s input made the book significantly better. Of especial note was Janet McLennan, Straub’s long-time natural resource advisor, who sometimes overwhelmed me with corrections, but never failed to guide me through the intricacies of state policy that she helped shape during her time in government service. Then there was Governor Roberts—I would never have believed that I would be so honored as to have someone of her caliber avidly proof-reading my chapters as I completed them and cheering me on. She frequently shocked me by turning around line by line edits within two days of their completion, giving my rough work an instant polishing. This is something she did consistently through the various iterations of the manuscript. Mark Henkels, also a published writer and a professional observer of Oregon politics, gave me insights into organizing and completing my work and served as my advisor and confidant. When I was struggling, two years before completion of the book, Mark took what I had written for what is now chapter 12, and completed its first draft. I have since added to and modified it significantly but if you notice the particularly nuanced analysis 330 Standing at the Water’s Edge of the1978 political campaign, the 1977 legislative session, or Governor Straub’s timber policy you will be admiring Professor Henkels’ handiwork, or perhaps in his pithy epilogue, which places Straub’s achievements into historical perspective. Of course, this book never would have been attempted had I not already had the basic political story line thoroughly ingrained into me by my father and mother, Ken and Sarah Johnson. They were consistent contributors and gentle critics throughout. Dad didn’t live long enough to see it published, but did get the pleasure of reading the completed manuscript, with its dedication, as accepted by OSU Press. Mom, with her copy-editing experience from the Oregon Legislature, was the last pair of eyes to look at the text before the indexing was completed. However, rest assured, all errors remaining in the text are mine, not hers. In recognizing those who contributed to the completion of this book, I would be grossly negligent if I did not note my public sector patrons, as well. Western Oregon University and the WOU Foundation provided a home and a structure for me, and a primary source of material from the Straub Archives in WOU’s Hamersly Library. Beginning with Library Dean Gary Jensen and Vice President for University Advancement Leta Edwards, the faith WOU showed in an untested writer is astounding . Gary and Leta’s strategic vision, friendship, and consistent guidance were critically important in the early...


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