Judging by the photograph shown here, you certainly get the impression that this young man, aged about 7 years, has a pretty high regard for the law--at least the enforcment side of things. This is a true enough statement for both of our guests today, Wally & Gloria Carson. As it so happens, Wally is probably genetically wired for the law, given the many years of family involvement in the field. Wallace P. Carson, Jr., has served the people of Oregon as a National Guard pilot, state Representative, a state Senator, a Circuit Court judge, a Supreme Court judge, and as the longest serving Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Walking right alongside him on this journey and providing her utmost support is the love of his life, Gloria Stolk Carson.
Picnics were a major form of entertainment for both families--with Sunday drives in the family car also being a highlight for Wally. Some of their memories include the rationing and shortages, speed limits to preserve fuel, air raid drills, blackouts, and the underlying sense of worry during the days of WWII. Wally's mother was a Red Cross ambulance driver and his father a Civil Defense warden. Other strong memories include the Tillamook Burn of 1933, the flames and smoke of which could be seen in Salem; watching the roof of the Marion Hotel blow off during the Columbus Day storm in 1962 but being unaware that the roof of the building where he sat, the Pioneer Trust Building, was also rolling off onto the street; and the Christmas Day flood of 1964 .