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'Animal House' turns 40. In Oregon, a toga party is planned. Off campus

'Animal House' turns 40. In Oregon, a toga party is planned. Off campus

You can visit the Willamette Valley in Oregon just about any summer to sample wines, beers and spirits, hike the buttes, float in a river or cycle alongside one. But this August, there’s a Baby Boomer bonus: the chance to see “National Lampoon’s Animal House” slip awkwardly into middle age.

As most Oregonians know, “Animal House” was filmed on and near the University of Oregon’s Eugene campus in the fall of 1977. As the world knows, it was released in the summer of 1978 to riotous laughter despite, or perhaps because of, its poor taste. It made John Belushi a movie star and launched the directing career of John...

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