Blast from the Past / 1985: Famed author visits LCSC

Author Edward Abbey visited Lewiston to give the 1985 Wallace Stegner Lecture on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College. According to the story by reporter John McCarthy which accompanied this photo in the March 30, 1985, Tribune, Abbey took shots in his talk at a wide variety of ideas and famous people. He ended his lecture by saying, “If there is anyone here I’ve failed to insult, I apologize,” according to McCarthy’s story. Abbey died four years after his visit to Idaho. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

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