tandfman wrote:There surely must be places closer than Portland if you can't get anything in Eugene.
Corvallis and Salem (and a number of country B&Bs) are much closer than Portland.
As for there being knowledgeable fans, the only meet I watched there was the 1988 NCAAs and the person behind me (in front?) was Jim Bush (with some others almost as legendary, if I recall correctly). They also were willing to share their conversation and comments with someone that they had never seen and knew vastly less than they did.
My only other "Big" meets were the '84 Trials (Roth beating Mary), the 1984 (OG Joanie winning), and the 1966 Compton Invite (Relays? with Ryun just missing the WR). All were great and nudged me to being more of a fan, although it took this board to help solidify it.