They came, they saw, they vanished into thin air. Where
are they now?
BY MATT BUCKINGHAM
Portland filmmaker made her directing debut in 1977 with Property,
a docudrama about a neighborhood's battle against gentrification,
followed in 1982 by Paydirt, an action film about three Oregon
winemakers who resort to growing pot to pay the bills.
Allen is now a free-lance writer living in Paris, where she recently
discovered the long-forgotten grave site of early Portland feminist
and John Reed protegée Louise Bryant.
BILLY RAY BATES
Blazer guard enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom after signing with the
team in 1979, dazzling fans with his thunderous slam-dunks and averaging
a team-record 27 points per game in the playoffs.
Bates was released by the Blazers in 1982 and checked into a Portland
hospital for drug treatment. He is now awaiting trial in New Jersey on
armed-robbery and assault charges after he allegedly robbed a gas-station
attendant at knifepoint in January 1998. The take from the holdup? Five
Portland author was long a bright star in the local
literary firmament, with such novels as The River Why and The
Brothers K as well as his short-story collection, River Teeth.
Duncan lives with his wife and three children in Lolo, Mont., where he
is working on a new novel tentatively titled Letters from God, a
comedy set in Portland. He also writes blistering op-ed pieces advocating
preservation of Montana's Blackfoot River.
Boxing writer and former WW Slice columnist put her name
on the literary map with the 1989 publication of Geek Love,
her disturbing novel about a family of sideshow freaks.
Dunn still lives in Portland, where she continues to write free-lance
magazine articles about boxing and is working on a new novel. "I
don't even want to talk about it," she says. "I'm too superstitious."
First woman to be appointed chief of a major metropolitan police force
in 1985 was forced to resign when a special commission criticized her
management style and job performance.
After wrangling with the city for years over her termination and disability
pay, Harrington headed south, worked as assistant director of investigations
for the California State Bar, and is now director of the National Center
for Women and Policing in Los Angeles. Her autobiography, Triumph of
Spirit, was published in October.
Chairman of the Benj. Franklin Savings and Loan Association
was a familiar face to Portland television viewers for much of the '70s,
hawking toasters and other free gifts to woo new depositors to the institution
his father started in 1925.
Hazen retired in 1980 but remained on Benj. Franklin's board until it
was sold to Bank of America during the S&L crisis in 1990. When he
isn't fund-raising for United Way or his alma mater, Whitman College,
Hazen, 81, spends seven months of the year in Palm Desert, Calif., where
he plays golf three days a week with Howard Keel, star of such Hollywood
musicals as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Show Boat.
Vocal leader of the Black United Front was a thorn in the flesh
of the Portland Public Schools for much of the '80s, organizing
school boycotts to protest racial inequality in enrollments and
academic achievement in the district.
Herndon continues to call for better performance at predominantly
black schools and seems to have found a more sympathetic ear in
Superintendent Ben Canada. He is co-chairman of the Community Monitoring
Advisory Coalition, a schools watchdog group, and director of Albina
Flamboyant owner and general manager of the Portland Beavers piloted the
triple-A baseball team for five years before being called up to the Show
in 1983 to manage the New York Yankees' farm system.
Hersh lasted only a few months in the majors, took a marketing job in
his hometown of Philly and then moved south, where he became president
of the double-A Memphis Chicks. In 1998, Hersh moved the team to nearby
Jackson and changed its name to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
Former WW contributor and Oregonian
sportswriter left The Big O under a cloud in 1989 after being accused
of sexism by three female copy editors. Kahn sued the daily and settled
out of court three years later.
Kahn was named general manager of the Indiana Pacers in July 1998, three
years after being hired away from a New York City law firm that represented
the NBA and other professional sports interests. Kahn had gone to work
for the firm after graduating from law school at New York University.
Before that, he was a sports talk-show host for KGW Radio.
Gresham gym owner and vocal tax opponent was chief
architect of Ballot Measure 5, the 1990 property-tax-limitation initiative
that forever altered Oregon's political landscape.
Still outspoken on tax issues, McIntire lobbied the Oregon Legislature
earlier this year to limit state cigar taxes. The cigar aficionado estimates
he spends $2,000 a year on out-of-state stogies to avoid paying the Oregon
Mercurial chairman and CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corp. ruled the
wood-products company with an iron fist for 22 years before trouble
with federal pollution laws and lawsuits over his treatment of female
employees drove him out in 1995.
Louisiana-Pacific recently agreed to pay a record $37 million to
settle pollution violations committed under Merlo's reign. Merlo
still lives in the million-dollar executive mansion, which he purchased
from the company, but he keeps a low profile, continuing to do philanthropic
work through the multimillion-dollar Harry Merlo Foundation.
Natty chairman of Fred Meyer Savings & Loan and
first host of KATU's Town Hall program cut a swath in local banking
as well as television, offering better interest rates than his competitors
and stirring the cauldron on his public-affairs show. When Fred Meyer
Inc. fired Pratt in 1980, he sued, accusing the company's top brass of
taking secret pay bonuses, shaking down suppliers for political contributions,
and hiring their relatives. FM settled five months later, if only to shut
Pratt, who lives in Vancouver, Wash., never returned to Fred Meyer but
dabbled in several high-tech venture capital projects including Lattice
Semiconductor. He continues to serve as a trustee for the Meyer Memorial
Portland rock musician led the Dan Reed Network to national
semi-stardom in the late '80s with a Mercury Records recording deal,
a European concert tour and gigs opening for such acts as the Rolling
Stones and David Bowie.
Reed now owns and runs Ohm, a nightclub he converted from the former
Key Largo space in Old Town. He also wrote the music for Artists
Repertory Theatre's critically acclaimed 1999 adaptation of Molière's
Longtime news anchor for KGW-TV sent shockwaves
through the local television industry when he defected to rival KATU in
1975. Two years later, Ross admitted he had been an FBI informant in the
'50s; he was asked to report on the political leanings of his news colleagues.
Ross retired from KATU in 1986 and took a PR job promoting the Oregon
Lottery for two years. The Lake Oswego resident is now a trustee of a
tax-free trust fund for Oregon cities and counties and continues to serve
on the executive committee of Goodwill Industries of Oregon. (The Rose
Festival coronation will never be the same without you, Dick.)
MARV AND RINDY ROSS
Portland couple, both former school teachers,
formed Quarterflash in 1980 out of two existing bands, Seafood Mama and
Pilot. The first of Quarterflash's four albums went platinum, selling
more than 2 million copies. The group's biggest hit, "Harden My Heart,"
reached No. 3 on the charts in 1982.
Although Quarterflash played its last concert in 1995, the Rosses continue
to perform together as part of the Trail Band, created by Marv in 1993
to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. When not performing,
Marv runs his own production company and Rindy is a mental-health therapist
for Providence Health Systems.
Oregonian news columnist was required reading
from 1987 to 1994, mixing humor with a hard-news sensibility that often
angered his editors and put the rest of the daily's news staff to shame.
Stanford lives in Portland and is working on a screenplay about his misadventures
as a Miami private eye. He co-wrote a screenplay based on events surrounding
the 1989 murder of Oregon corrections supervisor Michael Francke. The
movie, Gathering Evidence, was made in 1993 but never released.
Stanford remains convinced that Frank Gable, the man convicted of the
murder, was railroaded.
TRES AND BEN
Music entrepreneurs Tres Shannon and Ben Ellis introduced
a generation of young Portlanders to the nightlife at their all-ages club,
the X-Ray Cafe, which closed in 1994.
Shannon now schedules musical acts for Berbati's Pan and recently organized
a benefit concert to raise $2,200 for knee surgery for his Labrador retriever,
Irie. Ellis is in Portland filming a documentary about the X-Ray.
The H.G. Wells of Oregon's fledgling high-tech
industry predicted 20 years ago that the Silicon Forest would one day
replace the real thing in economic importance to the state. Winningstad's
Floating Point Systems was hailed as the high-tech startup company of
the future until the company's stock took a nosedive in 1986.
Winningstad continues to prognosticate on the future of technology and
serves on the board of CenterSpan Communications (formerly ThrustMaster),
a Hillsboro company specializing in online communications. He maintains
homes in Beaverton and Newport and commutes between the two in a private
helicopter, which he pilots himself.