A riot scene from the 1970 movie “Getting Straight” is filmed on the steps of the Center Building on LCC’s Main Campus .
Photo courtesy of Lane Community College Archive
A riot scene from the 1970 movie “Getting Straight” is filmed on the steps of the Center Building on LCC’s Main Campus .Photo courtesy of Lane Community College Archive

A riot scene from the 1970 movie “Getting Straight” is filmed on the steps of the Center Building on LCC’s Main Campus.
Photo courtesy of Lane Community College Archive

It may be hard to imagine a scene like the one almost 50 years ago outside the Center Building on main campus when fire hoses were turned on protesting students while a helicopter hovered overhead.

Back then student demonstrations were commonplace as the civil rights movement and Vietnam war gained world attention. Eruptions occurred all over the United States in this turbulent time of change when a generation of baby boomers were coming of age.

In Montgomery, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. led the fight against segregation and racism. In San Francisco, California, students demanded an end to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.

In Eugene, Oregon, Lane’s Center Building was used as the set location for the movie “Getting Straight” released in 1970. Starring Elliot Gould and Candice Bergen, the movie is Lane Community College’s claim to Hollywood fame.

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