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Show Spotlights N. Oregon Coast Paranormal Legend
|Wheeler at sunset
– It’s called the “Wheeler Moment,” and
it will be the subject of independently produced “The Oregon
Coast Show” on Thursday night.
paranormal – but certainly kooky – legend about a proliferation
of serendipitous coincidences in the tiny north Oregon coast town
of Wheeler will get its 15 minutes of fame on Thursday, June 15.
The Oregon Coast Show,
which airs at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 22 KPXG TV (PAX) in northwest
Oregon, will feature Winston Laszlo of Old
Wheeler Hotel and Peg Miller of Ekahni Books, talking about
their experiences with the odd legend.
Moment” is a hazy thing to define, unless you’ve
experienced it, say many locals and regulars of the area. But it
essentially means the area seems to have a greater occurrence of
interesting, and often happy, coincidences.
Miller described it as: “you’re thinking
about something, or needing something, and it just sort of appears.”
Miller said she was interviewed by Oregon Coast
Show reporter Kimberly Jacobsen, talking about her experience with
needing a plumber when she owned Maggie’s Guestrooms a few
years back, and the plumber literally just appeared at her door.
Wheeler Hotel and the trippy streets of Wheeler
just discovered the leak,” Miller said. “And I was wondering
what I was going to do. Then I was interrupted by the doorbell of
the B&B, and there was a guest at the door. During registration,
I mentioned I had this leak to deal with, and it turned out he was
The man helped her repair it and became her regular
plumber after that.
Other “Wheeler Moments” for Miller include
the time she was having trouble with the latch on a thousand-dollar
bracelet, and it turned out a guest was a jeweler, among numerous
Even Oregon Coast Show
Executive Producer Rick Gibson said he had a "mini" Wheeler
Moment. “The best thing that happened to me was that there
was only one parking spot left, right in front of Peg's store when
we arrived for her interview, and I got it,” Gibson said.
"It was extremely easy to haul all the video equipment in and
out of Peg's store and the Old Wheeler Hotel."
she was a little nervous during the filming and just before the
“It was really peculiar for me,” Miller
said. “I was like, ‘holy cow,’ what are all those
Wheeler Moments? There are so many of them, and I can never remember
Miller said she had to call her boyfriend, Wheeler
Antiques owner and local historian, Garry Gitzen, to jolt her memory.
Miller wondered how all this would come across to
the general public. “How will all this ‘play in Peoria?,’
as they say,” she said. “But really, these things happen
a lot here – a lot more than anywhere else.”
Manzanita and Nehalem Bay
Show producer Rick Gibson got the idea from BeachConnection.net,
calling on editor Andre’ Hagestedt to talk about the legend
and point him to interview subjects.
part time in Portland, part time in Newport, and part time in Manzanita,
so I go to a lot of different places around northwest Oregon,”
Hagestedt said. “These things really do happen a lot more
in Wheeler and the whole Nehalem Bay
area, in fact. I’ve got dozens of my own Wheeler Moments.
Sure, weird coincidences happen to people a lot. But not like this.
Wheeler and the Nehalem Bay are very trippy.”
will run a larger story about the Wheeler Moments later this week,
in the days just before The Oregon Coast Show segment airs.
The Oregon Coast
Show airs every Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on KPXG TV (PAX) from Portland.
The show reaches the 1.1 million households in the Portland Broadcast
Market Area. Viewers watch on Comcast CH-5, over-the-air on CH-22
and on Dish TV on CH-22. Viewers who have Dish TV on the coast can
also watch on CH-22. To find out what's on "The Oregon Coast
Show" from week to week, people can visit their website at:
The June 15th
episode leads with an exciting tour of Tillamook Cheese, then follows
with "Must Be a Wheeler Moment," then concludes with a
visit to a Lincoln City Glass Art Studio.
more on the Wheeler Moments, click here