180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Finding Star Trek, Seinfeld and American Royalty
on the Oregon Coast
By Andre’ Hagestedt
(Wheeler, Oregon) – Loads of oddities happen to me
on these runs up and down the coast with startling regularity. Covering
180 miles of coastline, from Florence to Astoria, is nutty enough. But
these trips add whole new meaning to “living on the edge of the
continent” at times. It’s often a lot more than a business
trip, a photo expedition or editorial fact gathering run. It can be truly
That’s part of the wonder if it all, however. The
coolest things can cross your path.
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It’s August of 2005: Things are a little nuttier
than usual. On this particular month, this includes the meeting of royalty.
It was two kinds of royalty, really. One was blue blood in the historical
American sense. Another was a local woman who starred in two of my favorite
shows of all time, the “Star Trek” franchise and “Seinfeld.”
one night, I wander into the Sea Shack in Wheeler. There, Willow Bill
(a perennial bit of local color) is conversing with some fetching woman.
I eventually wander over there to chat with them all, and find out this
lady is in town from Colorado, having just been in Washington to help
dedicate a new park in honor of Lewis & Clark. It turns out, she's
a seventh-generation descendent of William Clark - a bit of royal bloodline
she was both blessed and cursed with.
There's a whole very personal side to this story, as impressive as this
relationship is to one of our most beloved historic figures. This causes
history groups and geeks to make quite a fuss over her - which is both
good and bad. Imagine: being a sort of Britney Spears of the historic
scene, with the equivalent of history buff paparazzi hounding you periodically
(but without the shaved head and exposed body parts). Yet at the same
time, it's not a bad thing to be honored by many, even if it isn't for
anything you actually did - but instead were born into. And she does enjoy
the historic significance of it all.
|Nehalem Bay: there are rumors of a paranormal thing
here called the "Wheeler Moment," where interesting serendipitous
coincidences happen frequently
She - and I'll keep her anonymous - has quite the love/hate
relationship with it all. She finds out I'm media and is really quite
unpleasant about that at times, assuming I'm looking at her in some journalistically
predatory way, even winding up insulting at moments. Well, I guess here
I am writing about it in this article. But really, I just found her and
her situation interesting.
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Her brother won't deal with any of the pomp and circumstance.
He has nothing to do with the celebrations of Lewis & Clark, while
she really does love and understand it. She also tells me she grew up
in an elementary school named after Clark. While in fifth grade, her teachers
didn't believe her that she was descended from the school's namesake.
She also complains about the sexist nature of some of the
celebrations: how many times she was not allowed to march in one parade
or another because she was a female descendent of Clark, and not a male.
Apparently, not all of Lewis & Clark's progressive
spirit lives on into the 21st century, and not all the keepers of the
legacy of the Corps of Discovery acknowledge the last 100 years of social
|Liz Cole, now a N. coast resident, as she appeared in
a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode
The next day, I'm goofing around Wheeler again, and wander
into Peg Miller's shop (our shopping columnist, in case you forgot). And
lo and behold, a north coast icon of mine is standing there: actress Megan
Cole, who played small parts on "Seinfeld," "ER" and
two of the Star Trek series. Megan lives here these days, and I've been
obsessed with the idea of proving it was the lady from the "Suzie"
episodes of Seinfeld whom I heard talking outside a Manzanita grocery
two years ago.
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That fact was clarified for me a long time ago, but all
of a sudden I walk into Ekahni Books and there is Megan! I'm a huge Seinfeld
fan, and an even bigger Star Trek fan, so this was like my two seriously
geeky sides meeting right here in Wheeler, on a sunny, hot August afternoon.
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I greet Peg, and turn to Megan (also known as Liz) and
say: "and you're Liz Cole, aren't you? I LOVE your work on Seinfeld."
I am all of a sudden nervous and star-struck, so I more-than-half
expect her to smell my fear and treat me like another Hollywood stalker.
Instead, she's immediately gracious and says "thank you." Introductions
are made by Peg, we all chat leisurely, and at some point it really hits
me whom I'm talking to, and I get nervous again, stutter and say some
stupid things. I'm simply awestruck. She was so cool in Seinfeld, and
the Romulan character she played in the last two episodes of "Deep
Space Nine" was also quite memorable - mostly because I so deeply
mourned the impending loss of that series as it came to a close. It was
like meeting someone I'd cried in front of once (because, yes, I'm such
a geek I did indeed cry at the end of DS9….I cried like a little
I gloat about these brushes with greatness for days.
I left out the crying-like-a-girl part, however.
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