John Killen

John Killen is a retired newspaper journalist who worked variously as an editor, reporter and sports writer during his 41-year career. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, he worked for the Idaho Free Press for two years, the Lewiston Morning Tribune for 11 years and for The Oregonian for 27 years. He also taught journalism and communications at Lincoln High School in Portland for one year after retirement. He and wife Marlie Killen, a retired teacher, raised three sons and live in Southeast Portland.

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  • Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975)

    For Steve Prefontaine, running was a way to find confidence, a way to stand out and to prove himself. It was also an art form. “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints,” Prefontaine told reporter Don Chapman. “I like to make something beautiful …

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