Archive for the 'Oregon' Category

Columnist and Exploding Whale fan Bob Welch retires

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Long-time Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch, ardent fan of the Exploding Whale, wrote his last column on December 5, 2013. Bob’s many columns mentioning Oregon’s Exploding Whale have long been featured on this site. Bob wrote several columns that featured Oregon’s Exploding Whale prominently, but he also loved to weave in references to the Exploding Whale [...]

Happy 43rd Exploding Whale Day!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Today — November 12, 2013 — marks the 43rd anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. So, Happy Exploding Whale Day to you! Of course, we’re all missing George Thornton, the Oregon highway engineer most responsible for the infamous blubber blast. He passed away just over two weeks ago. Alas, life goes on. And occasionally we even [...]

George Thornton, the man behind Oregon’s exploding whale, has died

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

George Thornton, the highway engineer who supervised the detonation of 20 cases of dynamite in an attempt to dispose of a dead sperm whale on the Oregon Coast, died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, in Medford, Oregon. He was 84 years old. Thornton worked for the Oregon Highway Division (later renamed the Oregon Department of [...]

Exploding Whale Tribute Song

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Here it is folks — a brand new tribute song for the Exploding Whale! Click the play button on the embedded SoundCloud player below and then read on to learn about the artist and his inspiration…. Johnny Stuka’s SoundCloud profile reads as follows: Johnny Stuka is the pilot of a stolen Stuka Dive Bomber that [...]

It’s that time of year again….

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Just a quick note to wish you all a… Happy 42nd Exploding Whale Day!  

41st Anniversary!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Happy Exploding Whale Day! Today is the 41st anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale!

40th anniversary wrap-up

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

All 40th anniversary content has been archived on our new 40th anniversary page. This includes several news articles, still images, and three videos. 40th anniversary articles & videos – TheExplodingWhale.com

40th anniversary of the Exploding Whale

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. Please take a moment to reflect. Dynamite idea 40 years ago blew up into a whale of a story (video) – KVAL ‘We almost didn’t get it on air’ (video) – KATU 40th Anniversary of the Exploding Whale (includes video)- KATU AM Northwest [...]