Historic Hood River
Our research team has been conducting an inventory of the museum’s holdings of newspapers, and I thought I would share some of the more interesting titles we haven’t discussed before. Whistlepunk was published between 1965 and 1968 by Bob Hall and covered all things Hood River Valley. I think it’s fair to say it had a different viewpoint than it’s contemporary, The Hood River News. I’ll let those of you who remember it fill in some of the details about the style and editorial content.
The term “whistle punk” is defined as “a lumberjack who operates the signal wire running to a donkey engine whistle.” As you might imagine it was pretty important to pay attention to that whistle which might warn a log or rigging might be swinging your way.