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Learn the story behind G.I. Joe's

Janna Orkney to talk at First Wednesday lecture

SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - Growing Up with G.I. Joes by Janna Orkney will be the topic of Oswego Heritage Councils First Wednesday presentation at 7 p.m. April 6.

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Janna Orkney will be the guest speaker at Oswego Heritage Council’s First Wednesday lecture April 6.

She will share information about her book, “Growing Up with G.I. Joe’s,” which tells the story of her childhood in mid-20th century Portland while her father was building and transforming his small war surplus store on the bank of the Columbia Slough into the multi-million dollar retail chain, G.I. Joe’s. Joe’s had locations throughout Oregon and Washington before it closed up shop in 2009.

While Orkney enjoyed working at the original G.I. Joe’s, she loved writing more. She began writing a journal as a teenager. She wrote an abbreviated story of her father starting G.I. Joe’s and of her early childhood and put it online as a blog. Then, in 2012, she decided to remove the history from the Internet and expand the material into the book.

Orkney will sign copies of “Growing Up with G.I. Joe’s” at the lecture and copies will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. The lecture is free and open to the public. The event will be held at the Heritage House, 398 10th St.