About Paul Becker

Mayor Paul BeckerPaul Becker is the current Mayor of Historic Jacksonville, Oregon.

Jacksonville Goes Broadway! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2017

In my years as Mayor, the two questions I get most often are, “Will we have a museum again?” and “What are the chances of having a live theater in town?” In case you didn’t know, Jacksonville once had a permanent melodrama theater in the old Pioneer […]

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Civility: Bogie-Style – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2017

Did you wake up angry this morning? A great many people do, judging by the news reports every day. I’ve never seen so many people this angry since Pearl Harbor was bombed, when I was twelve-years-old. By then I knew all the bad words children weren’t supposed […]

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Reflecting on Change – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2017

Each New Year finds me more perplexed than usual regarding the subject matter for this column. Due to my degree in history, I am tempted to write something history-related, but current events usually take precedence. So here I am, reminiscing about a world long passed… the decades […]

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December 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall is “Piccadilly Jim”

So… here is the news.  On Friday… December 16th… at 7 PM… we are running my favorite comedy… no question about it.  The name of this outstanding film is… Piccadilly Jim.   The same name as my email address ID.   And that is no accident.  In the film, from the P.G. Wodehouse novel of the same […]

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A Big “Thank You” to All – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – December 2016/January 2017

Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. For me, this one was special because I owe so very many people a big “thank you” for their support and their vote in this past election. What was especially heart-warming were the letters to the editor of the […]

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November 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall – A Boris Karloff Double Feature

Good Morning Everyone…  Here is the movie lineup for November, and it’s another pair of really great Boris Karloff films… and I’m not speaking of Frankenstein or Dracula or the Wolf Man.  No… these films are dramatic enough without fake Hollywood monsters.

The feature film is Bedlam, a well told tale of the fight to improve […]

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Why I Want to be Mayor! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2016

Here we are—election time again, with the media blasting out the latest “he said”…”she said” news daily until one is worn out! Therefore, it is with some reluctance that I bring up the subject of our local election… something I hadn’t even considered doing except that people […]

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Madcap Elections – Real and Not-So-Real – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2016

Before addressing our tagline, here is the long-awaited announcement concerning a Public Citizen’s Day at the New City Hall. The date for the festivities is set for Friday, October 14th from noon until 1:00pm, complete with refreshments. Your hosts and hostesses will be the Belles and Beaus […]

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Ah. . . Politics! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes With the Mayor – September 2016

Here comes September. “Where did the summer go?” is a common question dating back long before our time. The yearly cycle repeats itself: children go back to school… vacations end… commerce picks up… and soon squirrels will begin to hoard fall nuts for the long winter. Speaking […]

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August 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Our movie selection for August is On The Town.  I generally try to run films which, in my opinion, have not been seen as often this one, but On The Town is such a happy-go-lucky motion picture, I felt it deserves a showing.  We don’t use that phrase much anymore.  Perhaps it’s because we are […]

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On Volunteers in the Trenches and Town – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2016

East Side, West Side, all around the town…
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O’Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York
Things have changed since those times, some are up in “G”
Others they are wand’rers but they all feel just like me
They’d part with all […]

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Mayor Becker Proclaims 4th of July Concert with Band du Pays Swing at New City Hall Lawn!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

An announcement for all citizens!

We hereby proclaim an event to celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th, 2016.

A concert to take place on the lawn of our New City Hall from 1:00-2:00pm.

The concert will be performed by the renowned […]

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July 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Now for July’s movie.  WE have been waiting some time to run this film… it is The Westerner, a classic western if there ever was one.  It stars Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan.  Brennan, who plays Judge Roy Bean, won his third and final Oscar for this one.

Directed by William Wyler, The Westerner tells the […]

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June 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Good Evening All…  Our movie in June 2016 is one of those films you don’t hear much about anymore, but one which was highly-popular when it was released.  So said the book from which it was made… God Is My Co-pilot, starring that stellar good-looking leading man, Dennis Morgan… with support from Raymond Massey and […]

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Change is Constant…Or is It? – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2016

My wife kept reminding me about how I talked of writing a column on aging, in other words, growing older. I kept putting it off but finally came to the conclusion that I’d better write this now before she forgets to remind me. (She’s getting older, too.)

This […]

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May 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Hello Everybody…

Well… here is the information on the next Movie night at Old City Hall.  The movie is Make Way For Tomorrow.  I chose this film because, though having a sad story, it is a brilliant piece of film making.  Make Way For Tomorrow, is a generational story concerning the plight of an aged couple […]

By | May 6th, 2016|Event News, Now|2 Comments

NEVER Sieg Heil – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2016

Most of our Jacksonville citizens have never been to one of our City Council meetings. They don’t know what they are missing. It’s true each meeting has an agenda, but that doesn’t always foretell what might happen since human behavior is quite often unpredictable. This was certainly […]

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April 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Good Evening Everyone…

Our next movie is It Started With Eve starring one of the brightest talents on the silver screen… Deanna Durbin.  She had an impressive list of credits to her name and this one ranks pretty high.  Even so, there is another actor who steals the show… Charles Laughton… the same fellow who uttered […]

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The Passing Parade – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2016

An odd thing happened a few days ago… I saw a penny on the sidewalk and kept on walking, never bothering to pick it up. That would be unthinkable at an earlier time… a time when a penny meant something.

When I was ten-years-old, five pennies could buy […]

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March 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Good Morning…  Continuing our salute to British actors, our feature attraction in March is THE LODGER… a film starring virtually an all British cast… George Sanders, Merle Oberon, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, and most importantly… Laird Cregar.  A brilliant actor, Cregar is unknown today because of his early untimely death.

Despite boasting two Oscar winners, […]

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Downton Abbey…Revisited – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2016

Downton Abbey has ended. We knew it must. One of the most watched series in television history, it carved out a special niche in the hearts of its audience… one that will be difficult to ever duplicate. Even its cast may never again see a production as […]

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My Predictions for The New Year – by Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2016

Last month, a friend complained to me about reading newspaper headlines declaring what a bad year 2016 will be. Her reaction was to avoid reading these columns all together… and who could blame her? We seem to get enough bad news without some writer trying to tell […]

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February 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Hello everyone…  Here is the coming attraction for February 2016… and what an attraction it is.  It’s certainly one our Lucille Ball fans will want to see, though it’s not a comedy.  The film is Lured, and it also stars George Sanders, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Boris Karloff, George Zucco, Alan Mowbray, Robert Coote, and Alan […]

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January 2016 Movie Night at Old City Hall is a Double Feature!

Almost everyone I meet seems to be talking about the soon-to-be-seen final season of Downton Abbey.  It struck me that this might be a fine time to show some earlier British performers who dominated our film entertainment… so for the next few months we’ll concentrate our efforts in that direction.

In January our “night at the […]

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The Spirit of Christmas – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

Year end approaches and so does Christmas. For some, it is a time of giving and perhaps not much more. This act of giving, which most of us engage in, began a long time ago when the Magi brought gifts to celebrate the birth of the […]

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December 2015 & January 2016 Movie Nights at Old City Hall

December’s film at Old City Hall is a heart-warming redemption story of two men…one a hobo who occupies a mansion on Fifth Avenue during the winter when the owner is gone…the other, the owner who is unaware of his uninvited guest. Add to that a mixture of the owner’s divorced wife, their daughter, a GI […]

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The State of Things – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2015

I remember, as a child, being struck by the Greek mythological fable of Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demetra, who was abducted by Hades and brought into the underworld. Demetra, whose task was to bring fertility to the land, became so depressed she renounced her divine duties, […]

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November 2015 Movie Night at Old City Hall

Good Evening Everyone… I promised to follow up with our last announcement and give you a little background on November’s film, Shanghai Express.  It stars Marlene Dietrich in her third film directed by Joseph von Sternberg, a director under whom she became a world renowned celebrity actress.  I love train movies, and this ranks as […]

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October 2015 Movie Night at Old City Hall – by Paul Becker

The film for October at Old City Hall is one that I don’t believe most of you may have ever seen.  The Mystery of Mr. X starring Robert Montgomery is as neat a thriller as ever written.  Evidently Montgomery thought so too, because he really threw everything he had as an actor into this role […]

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Remembering Our History – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2015

Last month at movie night, we commemorated the Battle of Britain which took place 75 years ago. Old City Hall was so packed people were turned away because of lack of room. Following an interview with Clifford Wilton who survived that battle, we ran the film Spitfire, […]

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September 2015 Movie Night at Old City Hall

September’s movie night at Old City Hall features the last of nine films made at RKO starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire… The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.

Castle is a reasonably accurate biography of the two dancers who set the dance world on fire in the Edwardian Age until World War I. They were […]

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Where Liberty Dwells – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – September 2015

“Where Liberty dwells, there is my country.” Words spoken by Ben Franklin. But today? We are willing to forsake Liberty for comfort or safety. Certainly this was untrue in Franklin’s day. So conditioned to some government bureaucrat telling us how to behave, it no longer concerns us […]

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Just Who Is the City Of Jacksonville? – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2015

The idea crossed my mind the other day that many who read this column haven’t met many of the dedicated people responsible for making our City work as well as it does. And dedicated is the word. I realize this sentiment runs counter to much of what […]

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July 2015 Movie Night at Old City Hall “Son of Fury”

Our film for July is Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, a 1942 adventure film directed by John Cromwell, starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney.  It was the last film with the tragic actress, Frances Farmer, before her legal problems and eventual commitments to psychiatric hospitals until 1950.  It also features a powerful […]

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1883 – An Interesting Year – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2015

A while ago I wrote a column in which I rhapsodized over the construction of the historic Courthouse soon to become Jacksonville’s City Hall. Built in 1883, it is an example of superb hand-craftsmanship. Using only natural materials of the day, it was built […]

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4th-Annual Mayor’s 4th of July Picnic!

Jacksonville Mayor Paul Becker and the City of Jacksonville invite everyone to come-out and celebrate Saturday, July 4th on the Courthouse grounds from noon until 3:00pm and enjoy complimentary hot dogs, chips and bottled water. Picnickers may opt to bring their own food and drinks if they so desire. Once again, the Fire Department will […]

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June Move Night at Old City Hall

Movie Night at Old City Hall is Friday, June 12, 2015

Zounds!  “They seek him here… They seek him there… Those Frenchies seek him everywhere… Is he in Heaven… Is he in Hell… That damned elusive Pimpernel.”

Yes, it’s The Scarlet Pimpernel and it is scheduled for our June show at Old City Hall.  This is the […]

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I’ve Got Egg On My Face! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2015

Well… it seems as if your Mayor has finally done it. I broke a rule every Boy Scout was taught since the first one earned that title in 1910. Even my grade school teachers did their best to make me understand… in any endeavor, in any undertaking, […]

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May Movie Night at Old City Hall

Our movie for May 2015 is Gold Diggers of 1933, a “deliciously-maddening extravaganza, Depression-era Broadway musical,” according to one critic on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Indeed, it ranks 100% on their rating meter… impressive for any movie.

Gold Diggers of 1933 is just plain fun from beginning to end. Yet, surprisingly, it ends on a number […]

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Clara, Larry, and History – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2015

At the risk of sounding like a disgruntled stage actor upset with his Wednesday afternoon matinee audience, I feel the need to share my thoughts about citizen attendance at our City Council meetings. Where, oh where are most of you? My one desire is to see more […]

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On Email and More! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2015

As you know, this column seldom devotes attention to affairs outside of Jacksonville; numerous other news and opinion outlets exist for such information. However, reports on the national level about Hillary Clinton’s emails prompted me to join in the conversation, so please bear […]

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On Politics – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2015

Are you troubled by the political discord today? I am! Not that it is anything new. It is as old as the art of politics. History bears that out. I remember the hatred directed at President Harry Truman. It was intense, personal, and vicious… especially after he […]

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Not-So-Idle Thoughts – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor, February 2015

Before beginning this first column of the year, I wish to thank the editor/ publisher of this newspaper who approached me four years ago with the offer to write my own column, promising to allow me total freedom to write whatever I felt like. Now I ask you, […]

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A Christmas Holiday Gift to All – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor -December 2014/January 2015

‘Tis the season of Christmas! (Yes, we can still call it that despite all who would have it otherwise.) Christmas is upon us, as well as the end of another year, and it’s been a very busy year for this mayor!

As I wanted to do something special […]

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November Movie Night at Old City Hall

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, our film for November is considered by many to be the greatest adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel ever produced. Starring an impressive British cast, including John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Francis Sullivan, Jean Simmons, Alec Guinness (in his first screen appearance), and Finlay Curry.  GREAT EXPECTATIONS was nominated for five Oscars, winning two […]

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What a Nightmare – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2014

The following scenario has not happened, but with all things possible is certainly worth contemplating…

It took months, but the sale of the old courthouse to the We Operate Efficiently Corporation finally went through. WOE had worked at obtaining the building even before the citizens of Jacksonville became […]

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Change! Change? – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – September 2014

Now there’s a word that can strike fear into the hearts and minds of otherwise stout-hearted men and women. How many times have we all heard someone say, “I wish they’d stop changing things all the time,” or “Why do we need to change… I like things […]

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Thoughts on Thinking – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2014

How many of you remember one of the most common commands in the English language appearing in the business community following the end of World War 2? The command was short… one word… and it seemed to be posted wherever one worked, especially in the tabulating department… […]

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Our Crucible of Freedom – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2014

This June marked the 70th anniversary of “D Day,” when a brave and mighty fleet of soldiers landed on Normandy’s beach, where virtually the entire first wave of Americans, 10,000 in all, was annihilated by enemy fire—one of the most difficult missions ever carried-out by our soldiers […]

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Movie Night at Old City Hall June 20

We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that June’s Movie Night feature is the wonderfully-joyous MGM production…

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