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If it had a mission statement it would read like the Bible: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
No one goes wrong with the Golden Rule.
From a political point of view, especially in an election year, it’s a good idea to review leading candidates for high office.
In Oregon that office is governor.
In my role as Collection Manager for the Oregon Historical Society I had the pleasure of meeting many governors.
I shook hands with Mark Hatfield, Vic Atiyeh, Neil Goldschmidt, Barbara Roberts, and Tom McCall’s wife while carrying out the duties of history.
This happened because the Governor’s Mansion needed furniture. So did the ceremonial office in the State Capital as well as an exhibit venue inside the building.
Governor Roberts was the commencement speaker at my college graduation. Mrs. McCall donated some of her husband’s gear to history. He left big boots to fill.
I’ve enjoyed the governors and the work they’ve done for Oregon. Most of all I’ve enjoyed the lack of lock-step ideology from both parties.
Oregon is special like that. But will it last? [Read More...]
Ranking The Big Schools And Their State Of Education. By any standards, The Wall Street Journal is a go-to source for money matters. What happens when they start looking at money spent on college football? It’s still money, so what’s not to trust? Last week the WSJ produced the list you see above. By now […]
In the long shadow of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium, the great Oregon quarterback’s name echoes off the mountainside. After the win over UCLA on Saturday afternoon, the fans I found cheered longer than most. These were special fans. They knew sports inside and out. They play, they watch, and they know what it means […]
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And Every Parent Should Read. Conner Luby died in a car crash. As I wrote that line in the lobby of a hotel near the Arizona State campus a one year old boy turned the corner before his dad showed up. We both smiled and he wobbled along when his father caught up. The dad […]
As Told To BoomerPDX. “…My Grandpa was a baker in Chicago, you know, bread and cakes and pastries. “One of his customers had him drive to Cicero to deliver cakes. “The customer was Al Capone. My uncles told me about it at Grandpa’s funeral. “He’d take the cakes in and the gangsters would hand them […]
Bob Dylan Knows The Drill Few poems and song lyrics speak to the baby boomer generation better than Dylan. People listened to his early work and it changed their lives. Why should it stop? Because his later work doesn’t compare to the early days? If that’s the best you’ve got, spin the old vinyl […]