May 25, 1980 was a memorable day. This was the day I graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Garden Spot of the Pacific Northwest.
What everybody remembers about May 1980 was the explosion of Mount St. Helens on the 18th. Here’s a picture I took that day from behind the Adult Student Housing complex at 2701 North Main Street.
Gigantic clouds of volcanic ash were falling across Forest Grove the afternoon of May 25, 1980. It was harsh enough that my parents got out of town without staying long enough for dinner.