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My PDX: Bill Walton

The Blazer icon pines for Portland.


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In a November 1974 interview, early in his rookie year here in Portland, Bill Walton told WW he had a life beyond basketball and didn’t “deal too much with my image.” His first year ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HENRY STERN

My PDX: David Leiken

Promoting music for four decades, on his own terms.


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David Leiken has never been shy. Now 62, the owner of the Roseland Theater, president of Double Tee Concerts and founder of FastTix started booking shows in Portland two years before Willamette Week p ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

My PDX: Phil Geffner

Escape From New York Pizza brought good pie to PDX.


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Before there was Ken’s Artisan and Apizza Scholls, before “cheese pizza” became “margherita” and buffalo mozzarella bubbled in wood-fired ovens, a hole-in-the-wall pie jo ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 Sasha Ingber

My PDX: Thalia Zepatos

The gay rights crusader cut her teeth in Portland.


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Today, gay marriage is a defining political issue and one of the movement’s key figures is Thalia Zepatos, an elite political organizer who’s called Portland home for three decades. Zepato ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

My PDX: Matt McCormick

From sandwich maker to promising filmmaker.


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When Matt McCormick first parked his gray Honda Civic under the marquee of the Fox Theatre, he had no intention of staying in Portland. Fifteen years later, the Fox is gone, but he’s still a par ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 AARON MESH

A Cause And A Crisis

Portland’s stance on two defining issues, then and now.


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Gay RightsTHEN: In its second-ever issue, Willamette Week ran a story headlined “Council evades—gay rights to ballot.” It describes the Portland City Council dodging a decision on ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 Ethan Smith

Loggers To Bloggers

Oregon’s timber industry’s been chopped down—what’s grown up in its place?


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On a Friday afternoon last year, an event that not long ago would have been hailed as a catastrophe passed almost unnoticed. Pope Talbot, the local timber company that once employed thousands of work ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

The Price Is Right

Paying for stuff in 1974 and today.


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Subscription to Willamette Week mailed to your doorstepThen: $8 a yearNow: $100 a yearPortland Opera ticketsThen: $5-$12Now: $20-$135OMSI admission (adult)Then: $1.50Now: $11+Timbers ticketsThen: $1 t ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Portrait Of A City Block

Fox Tower’s reach for the sky erased a colorful, less chichi neighborhood.


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The ’80s were to Portland what the ’60s were to San Francisco, says Howie Bierbaum, the 51-year-old tour manager for Pink Martini, who moved to Portland from New Jersey in 1981. “It ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Hair Play

For Blazers, what goes on above the ears is as important as what goes on between them.


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Basketball seasons come and go. Hair grows even after you’re dead. WW looks back on some of the best hairdos in Blazer history. Illustrations by Lukas Ketner Bill Walton (’74–&rsq ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 CASEY JARMAN
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