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Ted Cox Oral History Interview. June 7, 2016

Ted Cox Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.

June 7, 2016

Location:  Cox residence, Corvallis, Oregon.

Ted Cox (b. 1947) is the owner and founder of the Old World Deli, a Corvallis institution that has been located in the south end of the city's downtown district since 1977. In addition, Cox is a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years teaching in Sierra Leone and another two years as the national track and field coach in present-day Belize. He is likewise an OSU alum, having completed his master's degree in Physical Education in 1975, a time period during which he also served as the first women's volleyball coach at Oregon State during the Title IX era. Through his work at the Old World Deli, Cox became a pioneering figure in the local homebrewing scene, selling equipment, providing instruction, and building community. His interview traces his upbringing in California and his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer; his experiences as a student and coach at OSU; the early years of the Old World Deli and homebrewing in Corvallis; and the history of brewing in the city, dating back to the mid-1800s.