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Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, March 28, 2017:

6:35: Josh Bernstein, Official Spokesperson for the Association of Mature American Citizens talks with Bill. With President Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare ostensibly falling on its face, what is his administration’s next move? Will they take another shot at it, or is it a done deal, leaving Americans stuck with it? Listen in to hear AMAC’s plan to replace Obamacare.

Josh is also a television host, and you can catch his show at: Star World Wide Media Productions, and check out his website, JoshBernsteinPoliticalWriter.com.

And, learn more about AMAC, which is described as the ‘conservative/free market’ alternative to groups such as AARP at: AMAC.us. AMAC is open to American seniors 50+. Or, you can give them a call, and if you give them Josh’s name, you can get a free membership. 1-888-262-2006.

Check out AMAC’s ideas to replace Obamacare by clicking HERE.

7:10: Terry Haines from Oregon Honor Flight joins Bill in studio, to give us the 2016 Oregon Honor Flight Activity Report. Honor Flights has flown more than 1,500 veterans to Washington DC to the country’s war memorials.

This might be the last year that Oregon Honor Flight might be in operation, due to the fact that many WWII vets are in their 90’s, and are unable to make the trip. And, for that reason Honor Flight is looking for WWII vets that may have not yet made the trip. Also, funding is always welcome, and which many fundraisers are coming up for spring and summer.

If you know of a WWII veteran that you’d like to send to Washington DC, or if you’d like to help out financially, You can call:

Terry Haines at: 541-601-8467

Josephine County

Gail Yakopatz at 541-955-4544.

Also, you can pick up Honor Flight applications at Congressman Greg Walden’s office in Medford, at 14 N. Central Ave.

And, last but not least, you can visit the website: HonorFlightofOregon.org.

7:35: Sal Esquivel, Oregon State Representative for Medford calls the show to give us an update as to what’s going on in Salem.


Bill’s Guests for: Monday, March 27, 2017:

6:35: Dr. Merrill Matthews, Resident Scholar for the Institute for Policy Innovation talks with Bill about the fall of President Trump’s healthcare bill, and what is to come next. Check out more at the institute’s website: IPI.org.

7:10: The Outdoor Report with Mr. Outdoors himself, Greg Roberts of RogueWeather.com.

7:15: Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts joins Bill live in studio. There’s talk that Jackson County has some big plans on the way to make changes to code enforcement, which could lead to double fines on code enforcement in the county.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian drops by the studio for this week’s edition of: Visiting Past & Present.

Art Pollard: Southern Oregon Race Car Driver
By Dennis Powers

Art Pollard was born in Utah in 1927, grew up in Roseburg, graduated from Roseburg High School, and lived in Medford during the 1960s and early 1970s. He died on May 12, 1973, when his racing car hit the wall and caught on fire while practicing on Pole Day for the 1973 Indianapolis 500. Pollard’s lap prior to the crash was timed at 192+ mph. He was 46 years old.

He raced modified hardtops locally (like stock-car racing) and at the Eugene Speedway before expanding to super-modifieds (as seen at the Indianapolis 500). He traveled on racing circuits throughout the West and won the Western States Championship in 1961.

Pollard graduated to the national USAC (“United States Auto Club”) Championship Car Series, racing during the 1965 to 1973 seasons with 84 career starts (including the 1967 – 1971 Indy 500 races), where he finished 30 times in the top 10 on the national circuit with two victories (both in 1969) and finished second in the first two California 500s at Ontario Motor Speedway. His Indy 500 racing was between 1967 (finishing 8th) and 1971 (finishing 22nd, owing to engine malfunction). His worst finish was a 31rst owing to a driveline problem in 1969.

Pollard was considered to be much more than a racecar driver; he was very competitive on the courses, but easygoing off and particularly caring for kids. Art became involved with children with special emotional needs at the Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, where “Art Pollard Day in May” was held annually during Indy month. Drivers continued the tradition 20 years after his death, and a playground at the hospital is named in his honor. He went out of his way to include other drivers to raise money and greet the kids at the hospital.

The “beloved” Southern Oregon native is being recognized now at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville and in a book. A 33-car exhibit (celebrating the 100th running of the Indy 500) opened in June 2016 and continues until April 2017; it features Indy cars from seven decades, spanning the race’s early era to modern cars. The cars on display that Pollard used are a sprint car, the famous Andy Granatelli STP Turbine (basically a jet engine, driven in 1968), and the Rolla Vollstedt Offenhauser (1966). Additionally, an exhibit showcases Pollard memorabilia, including helmets, uniforms, goggles, gloves and a trophy won in Milwaukee in 1969.

Pollard was the subject of author Bob Kehoe’s book, “Art Pollard: The Life and Legacy of a Gentleman Racer” that was released in May 2016. For years, an Art Pollard Memorial Race was held annually at the Southern Oregon Speedway (the Jackson County Sports Park in White City).

Sources: “Southern Oregon’s Pollard to be honored,” Eugene Register-Guard, April 30, 2016, at Pollard Museum Exhibit; Dan Jones, “Pollard’s Legacy,” Mail Tribune, July 7, 2016, at On Art Pollard; “Wikipedia: Art Pollard” at Wikipedia Story.