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JOHN KITZHABER: OREGON BABY BOOMER GOVERNOR

Governor Kitzhaber Speaking At Thomas Vaughan Memorial In Downtown Portland, via BoomerPdx.com

Governor Kitzhaber Speaking At Thomas Vaughan Memorial In Downtown Portland, via BoomerPdx.com

Boomerpdx is a non-affilliated blog giving a baby boomer perspective to Portland, Oregon, and beyond.

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...]

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SHOW ME THE MONEY

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 […]

Oregon's Marcus Mariota At Sun Devil Stadium via abc15.com

THE MARIOTA RIPPLE EFFECT

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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RUSSELL WILSON JOINS DEREK JETER

Domestic Violence Faces A New Opponent. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is a former bully? When Russell Wilson’s voice came out in an ad last year encouraging fans to ask him anything, to learn all about him, who expected this? He was a face grinder as a kid, a slammer who put others on the wall, […]

Boomer Years

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A BOOK NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO WRITE

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 […]

Young Al Capone At 25

AL CAPONE: THE END OF BOOMER STORIES LIKE THIS

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 […]

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WHEN FOREVER YOUNG GOT OLD

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 […]

Buckle Up

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WINNERS OF THE BOOMPERPDX 500, pt.2

It starts like all good races, “GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES.” The BoomerPDX 500 starts with directions. “There will be some right turns, there will be some left turns.” That’s more than you can say about the Indy 500. What more is needed? A map helps. Instead of time limits, the BoomerPDX 500 is a finishing […]

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THE WINNERS OF THE BOOMPERPDX 500, pt. 1

Anyone Can Drive The Freeway, But Where Can You Get Your Kicks?   Before you start any race, know where you are.

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THE BRIGHT ANGEL SIDE OF LIFE

Bright Angel is the name of the trail that runs from rim to rim across the Grand Canyon. It’s a place to meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors. An interpretation of Bright Angel is Baby Boomer ass kicker. If you make it down a mile and a half to the first bathroom/water stop and […]

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WONDERS OF WIFE WORDS (WWOW)

A Boomer Husband Interpretation. A Zen retreat sits near the base of Thunder Mountain. The area of peace and reflection draws people from around the world. It seems Sedona is a world magnet for healing and renewal. If you chose a day for peace and harmony, this is the place. My wife and I found […]

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BOOMER TRAVEL: THE ROAD TO UPPER SEDONA

Or How To Drive A Roundabout Without Sideswiping Half The State. Let’s praise the newest traffic separator sweeping the nation. This British import will be bigger than the Beatles. Not a stop sign, not a traffic light, the roundabout is a two lane puzzle designed to deliver drivers any direction they want. Or just go […]