02 July 2009

The Corvallis Gazette-Times Gets a 1-Day History Rewrite

2128.Portland isn't the only native Oregonian whose name was decided by a coin-toss. In 1909, Corvallis' then-two dailies, the Corvallis Gazette and (naturally) the Covallis Times, decided to get married, and the coin toss said the Gazette's name should go first. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today is the 100th birthday of the Corvallis Gazette-Times, and the GT decided to celebrate a unique way; by pretending, just for one day, that the coin had flipped the other way. Today and today only the paper will be known as the Corvallis Times-Gazette, not unlike if the City of Portland decided to celebrate its 200th anniversary (on 8 Feb 2051, if you're curious) by renaming itself Boston, Oregon, for just one day (which would be kind of neat).

Oregon Media Central has a big version of the front page here, including links to all the nifty little birthday party sheenanigans that the GT did, including a video of a reenactment of the original coin-toss.

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