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2020.11.24 12:45 General1Holder Oregon Intervention
Oregon Intervention From:
Ty S - Oregonian Date:
24 Nov 2020
To: the new Biden Administration Attention - the honorable Cedric Richmond Senior Advisor to the President
Greetings elected officials, diplomats, and honorable people,
Last time I wrote my elected officials it was under a circumstance of distress. I'm pleased to say that my experience with that situation was resolved with the help and assistance of some good people in public service. I dont write these letters often because Im often not feeling up to putting the kind of energy it requires to express the situation in terms that are solution oriented. But I seek solution oriented strategies often to remedy strife and stress that people in my community live with. It appears to be a time once again to update on the latest issue that we need serious intervention.
My name is Ty S I live in Portland Oregon with my wife and son. The experiences as a high school student was quintessential to a Black man growing up in Oregon but my story is unorthodox. My trajectory in education was similar to phil knight of nike as I share two of the four schools he attended: Cleveland High and U of O. So Im as Oregon as the swoosh, Powells, and the Rudolph sign. Politics is my life mostly having been involved in the Oregon students of color coalition and OSA in 2004 and Urban League in 2009 before going on to serve in the Oregon Health Authorities Transformation Center and the Oregon Advocacy Commissions. I'm particularly proud of my community organizing in the between 2004-2016 which includes electing Obama, helping Black Activist run for office, and building a grassroots community health worker project called We Are Health Movement. Once Trump came to power things changed dramatically for the worse in Oregon. Nearly all of my activism ended as a powerful racist insurgency became more visibly violent and threatening to the Black community.
Events of Portland Oregon 2020 require intense analysis. Im not a total alarmist about our situation like our media has gaslit and painted Oregon as a place on fire with leftist anarchists extremists. Please recognize that intervention can only be settled diplomatically at this point. We have lived and walked and witnessed a very violent escalation since 2016. Look at the evidence of tracking hate crimes in our state https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map?year=2016&state=OR
. We should not be on this list. We have such a small populations of minorities including Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native populations and the many immigrant cultures are very small in overall numbers. The story behind these hate crimes is a way more then just isolated incidents there is a large scale and spreading networks of organizations that only purpose is to antagonize, disrupts, hate, punish and resort to violent intimidation and terrorism.
Hate groups in Oregon have dramatically grown in the last four years and as a political, social, and defensive response people have responded in a counter activity to keep those movements from growing further and pledge to end their reign of terror. It started in mid 2016 when Jeremy Christian a pre-radicalized activist with the Proud Boys murdered in 2 people on the Max Transit system (which is like our rail car). Jeremy Christian is part a new movement of internet organizers that have particularly recruited young white men to organizations like the oath keepers, 3 percenters, and inspired by the Bundy occupation movement of 2016. They are living in the shadows of Waco movement. Out west they love that shit and 2016 opened the door for growth of these right wing extremism. Oregon responded initially in Portland by counter protesting against the groups that would gather in various parts of the city including on the Federal freeway 213, Downtowns Terry Shrunk Plaza, and Tom Macall Park.
Each of the events in the summer of 2016 organized by violent right wing extremists involved heavy confrontation from counter protesters. This included verbal, physical, and organized violence. This was warfare in a small scale. But many things escalated. This history must include a contextualization of the types of organizations that began to sprout and grow on the opposition which I will categorize as the organized left until I describe it more fully. In Portland initially the ecumenical faith community, the non-profit activists, labor, and a variety of socialist organizations. Some of this coalition of organizations had previously collaborated against neoNazis in the 80s as resistance to hate before. The events of Jeremy Christian galvanized a large scale opposition that sought to resist racialized terrorism of that kind in our community. As events and confrontations continued to persist summer after summer after summer we are now where we are today. As the events continued the city of Portland often utilized the Portland Police Bureau as a referee of sorts to prevent wide scale violence. But there were many instances where people of Portland felt that Portland Police were more favorably protecting the right wing groups more and more the activists involved from the left lost favor with the city government, Police leadership and elected such as Ted Wheeler. The impasse really escalated between the city representatives and diplomats in political actions, contract negotiations for the police union contracted are included as a source of the strain and political tensions escalating.
The summer of 2020 was by far the most chaotic situation because the global movement for justice for George Floyd and Briana Taylor tied with Oregons #BLM picked up a new confrontation with the Police and state officers in downtown Portland. Oregon activists like many other states have been fighting for justice for many unarmed black men and women and those with mental illness shot and killed by the Portland, Vancouver, and Gresham police. Local movements converged it was a mashing of black activism in a new generation of young and emerging people for Black Lives with the Oregon defenders and anti fascists who had basically been in battle with right wing extremists continuously for 4 years. The combination produced energy seen no where else in the country. The City saw had over 130 days of continuous protest in a call for anti racism, justice for police murders, and anti capitalism oppression. Now I do not need to detail all of these events and how they were organized and what happened between the night to night. I do know that a lot has happened and most documenting and historicizing these events can tell that story. My purpose today is explain that there is a diplomatic intervention needed. We are desperate in this city for a focus of attention that doesn't involve us looking down the dark hole of a barrel.
There needs to be a peace tribunal set up in our city (similar to south africa). The need is so great out here. No convening, No conversations, Nothing seems to be working. Please help us out here and we don't need photo ops, only real commitment and work can solve anything we got out here. The pain is deep and the grievances are so numerous that our community might not heal for a generation.
We need peace in this city. We need peace. Peace between police and protesters and between the right wingers. There are some clear changes needed. Here are my suggestions that will give people a part of power.
Total and complete overhaul of the law enforcement in this country in the first step we must examine. The Portland Police contract needs a total revamp. All of there leadership needs to be changed. There is a certain segment of Portland that wont setter for less. The many proposals by thousands of activist in portland none of which has happened in the more then 4 years of advocacy: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/06/09/28519183/all-of-the-...
We need to accelerate these changes locally and nation wide. We are not an outlier here it is part and parcel of similar movements that started in Furgeson.
Even if you or your office got involved and moved the needle on any of these issues Portland still will need to grapple with its right wing violent extremism problem, because it is growing out of control with reports of continuous recruitment in the suburbarbs and nationwide show this. Oregon is the theater of a national program targeting this state as battle ground for the clash of extreme ideologies. What should we do about that? Well my feel is that its not important to most law enforcement or it really feels like it. The law cant really keep up with the type of warfare that is just as much virtual as it is physically in the streets. It will have to be part of a robust strategic initiative on a large scale organized nationally coordinated and well resourced. No longer can cities afford to build volunteer resistances to hate groups. There needs to be a common societal agreement on this in a new contract of acceptance of what is right and wrong in our communities. It is appropriate but it will also need alternative opportunities to get people out of those groups.
Violence is not ended here and we expect next year will be worse then this one and we live in fear for our lives. Black people in particular fear that violence is eminent in any outing, they must use precautions to protect themselves in this kind of violent political and social environment because your skin tone and or your social status is often the determinant factor. Hate crimes need national attention to end. We need a nation wide movement to end racism. Many of the right wing extremists are entrenched in their ideology and need an counter narrative that is stronger to inject alternative perspectives. But it might be too late for that here in Oregon we are at the point where violence and counter violence are yearly occurrences and it becomes a matter of desperation to even reach out to the federal government for help and support.
Oregon is my home that I spent most this year has required a high level of alertness and protection of my home and family. This is the first year we have seriously discussed leaving the United States because really feel unsafe for us to live here and thrive.
I hope this country can do something about our situation with both Policing and Hate before we dissolve into non stop tribal warfare and violence. This call to action and support will go to the high courts of international conflict.
Please help me forward this letter to leaders of every civil society.
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2020.11.24 09:05 portlane Richard Zahler (Feb. 21, 1932 - Nov. 16, 2020)
Richard Abe Zahler
Feb. 21, 1932 - Nov. 16, 2020
Richard was born Feb. 21, 1932, to Walter and Hulda Zahler in Portland, Ore. He was very proud of his Swiss heritage! In 1957 he married the "love of his life," Margi. They met April 1, 1955 (April Fool's Day) on a blind date and were happily married for 64 years.
He was a Korean War Veteran, held a BS degree from Lewis & Clark College and an ME degree from the University of Oregon. During his working years, he was a principal within the Oregon School Districts.
He loved playing golf, bridge, ballroom dancing, concerts and theatre events and was a member of a church that was very special to him. He also enjoyed traveling overseas and road trips in the U.S. In addition, he had a special love of summer boating in the San Juan and Canadian gulf islands with family and friends. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was a loyal friend, had a wonderful sense of humor, a caring and loving heart and a forever twinkle in his eyes. He was a beloved husband to Margi and "the best dad ever" to his children. He leaves behind son, Jim Zahler (Leah); daughter, Lisa Callaham (David); adored grandchildren, Jana Zahler, Sara Biggs (Grayson), Ayla Holstein (Jackson), Amelia Zahler-Green; step-grandchildren, Kylee and Wyatt Wilson; and five great-grandchildren. Due to the pandemic, a service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed at the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army.
For more photos see riverviewcemetaryfuneralhome.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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2020.11.23 02:53 JFKeveryday Small wound(s) in the front of JFK's head - PART 5.3
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In 2003, Dennis David appeared on Black Op Radio, part 121
James Fetzer: Did you see Pitzer then?
Dennis David: No. I did not see Bill Pitzer that night.
Fetzer: Do you know if Jim or Paul or- or Floyd or Jerrol saw Pitzer?
David: Riebe thought he remembered seeing Bill, and- but the others did not recall seeing for sure- excuse me, Custer said he thought he saw him there. The others didn't recall whether they saw him or not.
Fetzer: Now, for everyone who doesn't know what we're talking about, Bill Pitzer was Lieutenant Commander I believe at the time, who ostensibly took a motion picture of the autopsy as it was taking place. I don't believe it would've been with a handheld camera, though I could be mistaken. Are you aware of any device located in the morgue, David, that would've allowed a motion picture to be taken?
David: I- only in the last few years, there's been- both Dr. Humes and Captain Stover have indicated that there was a closed-circuit TV set up with the morgue.
David: And- the- what Dr. Humes- I'm citing what one of the researchers quoted him as saying, and a friend of mine in California who has met and talked with John Stover, who now lives out in California, told me that he- that Captain Stover recalled there being a closed-circuit TV. I do know Bill Pitzer was head of the audio visual department, was my mentor or one of my mentors, and had a lot to do with my becoming a commissioned officer in the Navy.
Fetzer: You never personally viewed any- any video or a motion picture of the autopsy, however?
David: I saw the sixteen millimeter film in Bill Pitzer's office on the Monday following the autopsy.
Fetzer: You saw the physical film? Did you watch it? Did you see-
David: We looked- Bill and I- I stopped by on that following Monday to talk to Bill about the professional exams and everything coming up for MSC selection in January of '64, and I just, you know, rapped on the door and walked in, as he had told me I could do, and when I walked in, he said 'Dave, come here, I want to show you something'. And I walked over, he had a sixteen millimeter film and a desktop, one of those small desktop editor-types. Also laying on his desk were some black and white and color photos of the body of the late President. And together, we hand-wound- the little crank- hand-wound the projector. We looked at probably three-four feet of the film, and it- it appeared that from the pictures, that there was no- the autopsy proceedings hadn't yet begun because there was no evidence of any, you know, incisions being made, no y-incision in the torso.
David: And mostly what I saw was if you were looking down at the body, not- mostly as if I were on the right side looking down. And then during the proceeding, the head was turned and the back of the head was visible for a while, and we remarked on the- what appeared to be a bullet entry wound in the right temple just above the right eye near the hairline. We kind of wondered about the rather large gash in the throat. And it was both Bill and I’s assumption at the time that the killing shot was a frontal entry wound.
Fetzer: Yes, very good. And so the throat already had this kind of melon-slice aspect to it, I mean kind of a grossly large? I mean, certainly didn’t look like any ordinary endotracheal incision?
David: No it didn’t look like a tracheal incision because it was- Number one, it was too wide, and if, you know, and if it was- if that’s what it was intended for, it was a damn sloppy job.
David: I’ve done tracheotomies, Jim, in my time.
David: And all- all you need is about three-quarters- up to a maximum of an inch of an incision at most, and it goes transverse, it doesn’t go- it doesn’t go across the body, it goes up and down.
Fetzer: Aha. Very interesting, because Malcolm Perry who performed the tracheostomy incision at Parkland was a very skilled surgeon, and in fact Charles Crenshaw provided me with diagrams of what it looked like, and his incision was a straight-across incision, but it went through the- a small round entry wound to the throat, which of course he described subsequently as having been present before he made the incision. But it was- it looked grossly different, you can find the diagrams that Crenshaw, for the audience, that Crenshaw drew for me in Assassination Science, I published them as appendices.
David: Yeah, I’ve seen those.
(Audio, part 121b, 11:52)
Len Osanic: Now, have a couple of questions then. One of them is to with with, now you called him your mentor?
Osanic: Yeah, do you want to go into the relevance of Pitzer’s film here?
Fetzer: Yeah, that’s good, that’s very good, Len, I wanted to back to that too.
Osanic: Right, and the question actually, a question just came to my email is that ‘are you sure that that was JFK on the film?’
David: Absolutely positive.
Fetzer: Yeah, yeah, Dennis, describe the- the appearance of the face, for example. Was the face generally intact? I mean, you know-
Fetzer: You know, it looked normal except that there was this- this hole in the right temple, is that correct?
Fetzer: And you said you saw it from the side, did you see any evidence of the massive blowout to the back of the head?
David: The only that- that we saw was in the parietal area. There was what appeared to be an exit wound, oh, maybe two and a half by three and a half inches. Not- not rectangular by any means, but not circular either. It was a shattered mass.
Feter: In the back of the head?
David: In the back of the head, yes.
Fetzer: Occipital-parietal region?
Fetzer: Slightly to the right, say, of the back of the head?
David: Oh yeah. Slightly to the right. Yeah.
Fetzer: Yeah. And- And pretty big, about the size of your fist when you double it up?
David: Yeah. Just about- the size of my fist would be about right.
Fetzer: That was exactly how Crenshaw described it.
David: Um-hum. And, you know, that’s why, you know- Now, I’ve seen and treated bullet wounds before, and did so many times afterwards. When I was, you know, in- both in Vietnam and other areas, and Bill Pitzer had been through World War 2, he was familiar with gunshot wounds. Nether Bill or I were forensic pathologists by any means, but I can assure you it’s easy to recognize entry wounds from exit wounds.
David: From high-powered rifles or pistols.
Fetzer: Yes. Yes.
Osanic: And I guess the relevance here is that, of course, the thought is that Bill Pitzer had made copies of this film and was going to release it somehow. And he- he-
Fetzer: You mean when he was killed?
Osanic: Yeah, just for the sake of our audience, right, let me mention that shortly before he was to retire from the Navy, that Pitzer was found dead. Dennis can comment on this, but his left hand was mangled, he allegedly had committed suicide, which is very peculiar because in fact Pitzer was left-handed. My suspicion is that his left hand was mangled in order to extract information from him as a form of torture to ascertain whether there were any other copies of the film that he had taken of the autopsy, and here I invite Dennis to add to this.
David: The last time I talked with Bill Pitzer was the week of December 1965. I didn’t make- I didn’t get commission in ‘64, but thanks to Bill Pitzer and Larry Webb and John Connally, all three MSC officers who mentored me, I was selected in 1965 and received my commission in December, the first week of December of ‘65, and Bill was there when I was sworn in, you know, proud as a peacock with that gold band around my arm, and Bill talked to me and he said ‘Well’, he said, ‘This is probably our last time we’ll pull duty together’, he said ‘I’m gonna be retiring next year and I’ve had some fairly lucrative offers from some major media sources’. And the next thing that I heard about Bill was that he had committed suicide in October of ‘66. And- now, by the way, Jim, I’ve always thought that Bill was left-handed because he and I used to play Bridge almost every day at noon, not- not every day but almost. And he always dealt cards left-handed.
David: And sometimes he would reverse it, so I was always under the impression he was left-handed.
David: But Joyce, his wife, says that no, that he was right-handed, and other people that knew him seem to think that he was right-handed too, so I don’t know, I may have been mistaken that, you know, in my assumption that he was left-handed, but you know, based on my experience on him.
Fetzer: Of course, his left hand being mangled is all by itself inconsistent with the idea of suicide, why would anyone who’s going to commit suicide put themselves through the torment of mangling their left hand?
David: Well I remember- Yeah, I know, and Joyce told me the last time that I talked to her that- that they told her that they couldn’t get his wedding ring off his finger-
Fetzer: That’s right.
David: -because it was mangled so badly.
Fetzer: It was- it was- yeah, crunched into the-
David: -Or something to that effect.
Feter: Yeah. Yeah.
David: And she- she told me also, she said ‘Well I knew Bill had had some- something dealing with the assassination, but he never told me what it was’.
Fetzer: Listen, let me mention, I have this- I have a description from the- from based upon an interview with the- one of the embalmers of JFK. And this is a- I’d like to read this to you, Dennis, just to see if it strikes any bells, you know, I’m just gonna read parts of this.
Fetzer: The description of the wounds that were given to Joe West, who was an investigator who had this interview with the fellow Thomas Evan Robinson on May 26, 1992. Here’s the description that West wrote based on upon his interview by telephone with Robinson: ‘Wounds – large gaping hole in back of head, patched by placing piece of rubber over it. Thinks skull was full of plaster of paris. Smaller wound in right temple. Crescent shaped, flapped down, 3 inches’. Now, that allusion I believe was to a chunk of skull on the right side of the skull in the vicinity of the ear that is seen in some of the autopsy photographs and drawings, that was kind of like a flap, was kinda loose flap, but you may or may not have noticed anything like that.
David: I never saw that flap on any of the pictures I’ve ever seen until I- I’ve seen it since-
David: But not what Bill Pitzer had in his possession.
David: I did not see anything like that.
Fetzer: Well that’s valuable. That’s valuable too because if they had been an add-on to create the impression of a bullet having been fired from behind when in fact it was fired from in front.
David: […] I know that some of the x-rays and some of the pictures that we viewed that- at Pittsburgh that- in ‘92, Custer said were retouched, and some of the pictures Riebe said had been retouched.
Fetzer: Oh yeah. Well, yeah. Actually, yeah. You mean the- the autopsy photographs do not appear to be consistent with the observations that you made at the time, that they appear not to be authentic autopsy photographs, they have at the least been retouched, possibly reshot, somehow fabricated or reconstituted.
Fetzer: Let me read a couple more items here from this interview. ‘Small shrapnel wounds in face, approximately 2, packed with wax’. You wouldn’t be familiar with anything like that?
David: I never saw those.
Fetzer: Yeah. These are interesting, I’ll come back to them later because the- the bullet that actually hit Jack in the throat passed through the windshield and the small- David Mantik believes that these small shrapnel wounds were caused by splinters of glass from that bullet going through the windshield. ‘Wound in back, 5 to 6 inches below shoulder to the right of the backbone’.
Fetzer: ‘Adrenal gland and brain removed. Other organs removed and then put back. No swelling or discoloration to face meaning he died instantly’. You can probably confirm the later that from the photographs you saw in Pitzer’s office that there was no discoloration, he looked pretty much like himself in those images?
David: Oh yes. I mean, it was- it was recognizable. Some researcher in- when I was at the JFK Lancer meeting in nineteen- 1998, said he thought that the body we treated- the body in the pictures I saw were those of Officer Tippit, and I said ‘No way’.
David: Absolutely no question in my mind that what I saw was the body of the President.
Fetzer: Have you seen this one photograph sort of taken from the right side, it’s a funny view, his eyes are open and he’s looking upward.
David: Death stare?
Fetzer: Yeah, so-called stare-of-death photograph as Livingstone called it, have you seen that?
Fetzer: Did that correspond to the images you saw with Pitzer or did they look somewhat different?
David: The- It looked very similar except for the flap on the side of the head, that- the picture I saw on the film, on the sixteen millimeter film a couple of pictures that Bill had showed that, the stare-of-death if you will-
David: But the- that flap over the right ear in the- in the- almost into the temporal area, I never saw that.
David: Never saw that.
Fetzer: I’m looking at it right now. What they have there is it almost looks like pieces of black duck tape, you know, on the body in that stare-of-death, and of course the skull is all gunked up, this is massively gunkey. You know, one of the interesting features of the autopsy photographs, Dennis, is some of them show all this massive gunkey stuff, such as you find in Livingstone’s High Treason, there’s quite a bit of that. And others show a kind of neatly-trimmed and kind of clean head with only a small hole toward the top in the vicinity of the cowlick, have you seen those inconsistent photographs?
David: No, I haven't. I’ve seen pictures of them in some of the publications, yes, Jim, but only from that standpoint.
Fetzer: How would you have described the- the head or skull of the President at the time as you were observing it in the photographs that Pitzer had?
David: It appeared to be, you know, from the pictures I saw, the head appeared to be fairly intact.
David: The- there was, as I said, a small hole near the hairline- if you would go from the right corner of the right eye and go straight up right to the hairline, there was a small- what appeared to be a small entry wound there, about- well, about the size of the end of my finger, which-
David: -would be three-eighths of an inch in diameter, a little more maybe, and then the pictures didn’t show any of the men that were in the autopsy room, just arms that were moving the body around.
David: And the head was turned one, and the back of the head, and- you know, it seemed to be a clear through-and-through entry wound with the entrance in the forehead, in the temple area, and the exit wound in the occipital-parietal area to the rear.
Fetzer: You could see the definition of this blow-out to the back of the head fairly clearly, distinctly enough to see that it was not perfectly symmetrical and that it rather resembled a fist doubled up?
Fetzer: And therefore, it wasn’t concealed or covered by a lot of gunk or matted hair or massey stuff back there that looked weird?
David: I know I’ve seen pictures since, you know, hair hanging down and it looks like all kinds of stuff hanging out of it, I never saw that.
Fetzer: Right, so those were inconsistent with your observations?
Fetzer: So those photographs would be, in your judgment, of someone else or else doctored or fabricated photographs.
David: I- I don’t know where they would’ve come from.
Fetzer: Yeah, but I mean they’re not consistent with your observations?
David: They’re not consistent with what I recall.
Osanic: Right, but you also mentioned that what you saw was before the autopsy?
David: It- from the films, it appeared to be that- Now, again, I did- we didn’t- I did not look at the whole reel of tape with Bill, just about the first three or four feet of it, and it appeared- it was- he was obviously on, well, what would be an autopsy table, and that it was obviously, it appeared to be the examination, if you will, that normally is done before the actual autopsy begins. Because the first step in an autopsy proceeding is to physically eyeball and examine the body from head to toe, write down any identifying marks or abnormalities, scars, etcetera, etcetera, moles, whatever, which are supposed to be put on the autopsy report. I’ve helped do autopsies in my time.
Fetzer: So this was actually the perfect time, Len, for Dennis to be observing. You know, I mean, if he had access through the- through the photographs that Pitzer had taken, I mean it was the ideal time to be observing the body in the- in it’s more-or-less pristine state for the- for the deceased in order to observe, you know, the wounds before in fact the autopsy incisions and other- and other forms of change of the body had taken place. You didn’t observe anything that looked to you remotely like surgery of the head, did you Dennis?
David: No. No I did not. Not at that time, no.
Fetzer: Do you- do you recall, Dennis, specifically thinking back about the body, whether the eyes were open or closed?
Fetzer: That’s very interesting, 'cause- 'cause Crenshaw remembered having closed his eyes himself, that he closed Jack’s eyes before he was-
David: That’s- that’s why I said that the- one of the pictures I remembered was that- there was the picture of the death stare that is present in these books-
David: Was- was very- was very similar to what I saw-
David: Except for that-
Fetzer: Massive gunkey black-
David: Black- Yeah, the gunkey black flapping mass.
Fetzer: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
David: But- but the eyes were open when I saw them.
Fetzer: But the- the surface of the face looked pretty much similar?
Fetzer: Yeah. Very interesting.
Fetzer: Very interesting.
David: Well I never believed- When the Warren Commission report came out, I was appalled at what their conclusions- because their conclusion that it was done by- was a rear entry wound that was shot from the rear just didn’t jive with what I remembered. I’ve-
Osanic: And it must have been a lot of people that didn’t-
David: Exactly. And, you know, I- as I said, I never- I kept quiet until ‘79 when I agreed- when I agreed to let David use my name. The first time I ever said anything to anybody was to a reporter to Waukegan in ‘74, which is how David happened to get through to me eventually. And, you know, and from- from 1980 to the present day, I give anywhere from 8 to 12, 15 talks a year to schools, fraternal social groups, women’s clubs, men’s clubs, etcetera. And, you know, there’s certain questions that always come up, they want to know who I thought did it, or they want to know why didn’t I go public in 1963, ‘64, my standard response to that was I was 26 years old, had 2 kids and wanted to grow up- I wanted to be around to see my kids grow up.
Fetzer: Yes. Yeah.
Osanic: So if- and if I can read into that, then you did- you were worried at some point- for one man to go against the official word?
David: Len, there were too many people associated with the assassination who departed this life under unusual or strange circumstances, and I had no desire to be one of them.
Osanic: So, from the minute you heard that- that William Pitzer had committed suicide, you were leery of that?
David: Yes. Very much so. I didn’t believe he committed suicide from day one. In fact, Len, in 1980- in 1979, when David called me, my wife was sitting here in tears shaking her head, she did not want me to go public even in 1979. You know.
Fetzer: Out of fear.
David: Yeah, exactly. She’s resolved to it now, but she- even then she didn’t want me to, even then she wanted me to keep my mouth shut. [...]
(Audio, part 121c, 1:33)
On 6/30/2006, Dennis David was interviewed by researcher James Douglass. As summarized in Douglass’s 2008 book JFK and the Unspeakable: “As Pitzer hand-cranked a sixteen-millimeter, black-and-white film through the machine, David watched the short movie on a small screen. What he saw was the body of President Kennedy viewed from the waist up, being touched by the hands of unseen individuals. He saw the hands roll the body onto its side and back
Dennis David made an account
on educationforum.ipbhost.com. On 7/24/2006, he posted in the JFK Assassination Debate section:
(3) It was on the Monday, after the post-mortem. I had stopped in to see Bill, about another matter, when I walked into his office, he had a hand-operated film editor on his desk. He also had some B&W and Color photos of the autopsy on his desk. There was a 16mm film in the editor. We looked at perhaps the first three feet of the film. I don't remember our exact conversation, but I do remember we both felt that there was a frontal entry wound in the right forehead near the hairline.
(Educationforum.ipbhost.com, comment 70044
In the film and the pictures I saw only the body was shown. It did show hands that moved the body but no picture showed faces, etc. Some of the surroundings were visible but quite honestly we paid little attention to that. The body and the wounds it had sustained were our focus. Bill only commented as to the location/magnitude of the wounds, that the temple wound appeared to be an entrance wound. I did wonder at the tracheotomy incision, considering the size and location of the exit wound in the parietal/occipital area. It seemed to me that the tracheotomy was an exercise in futility. Bill's demeanor, hard to say, I know we both got teary eyed. Magnitude of what we saw???? We saw what we felt was a frontal entry wound in the right forehead with a large exit wound in the rear of the skull of a President we both admired and liked. How Bill felt when the Warren Report came out, I do not know. I felt disgusted and very, very angry but I was also afraid to say anything, and didn't until my talk with the Waukegan Sun reporter. Even then I would not allow my name to be made public.
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From Allan Eaglesham's 2007 essay The Putative Pitzer Movie: A Discussion
In the same way that no eyewitness (other than Mr. Custer) saw a movie camera, neither was a television camera reported; was a non-obvious CCTV system permanently installed in the autopsy room with lens-access in the ceiling and/or wall(s)? It is noteworthy that one of William Pitzer's areas of professional specialization was the use of CCTV for instructional purposes. In an October 1998 telephone conversation, CDR Humes told me that he had worked closely with Bill Pitzer on films on tropical medicine for use in Vietnam. These films were made on video and transferred to film; Pitzer was in charge of the television part. Therefore, it seemed possible -- if not plausible -- that Pitzer recorded the Kennedy autopsy on videotape via a CCTV system, unbeknownst to those present in the autopsy room, from which he generated the movie film seen by Dennis David. However, if a CCTV system was permanently installed in the autopsy room, few knew of it. Harold Rydberg -- director of the Medical Illustration School and of the Department of Medical Illustration at the Naval Medical School -- who had been in the autopsy room on many occasions, assured me in the strongest possible terms that it was not permanently equipped with CCTV.
A memorandum, dated 5 November 1963, recently discovered among William Pitzer's papers (provided by a family member) expresses appreciation for "television coverage" provided by "Lieutenant W.B. Pitzer" and four gentlemen "who performed under his direction" (Figure 1). (Two of these gentlemen are deceased and the others do not wish their names to be quoted in this article.)
Figure 1. A November 1963 memorandum detailing the CCTV personnel under William Pitzer’s direction (names deleted from item 2): http://www.manuscriptservice.com/WBPmovie/memo.jpg
Neither Mr. "A" nor Mr. "B" has any knowledge of a role played by William Pitzer in the autopsy on President Kennedy's body. And neither has any knowledge of a CCTV system permanently installed in the autopsy room at the BNH in 1963.
Most of the CCTV feeds at the National Naval Medical Center went out from the television studio in Building 144 (where LCDR Pitzer's body was found, October 29, 1966); but feeds were generated at other locations within the hospital. Mr. A has no recollection of feeds from the autopsy room. Mr. B recalls CCTV generation from the autopsy room on a regular basis, not of autopsies however; the autopsy room was used for routine teaching purposes. This is consistent with CDR Humes' statement to the ARRB :
[The autopsy room] would accommodate maybe 20 or 30 people, because we used to have conferences in there. Routinely, at the end of each week, we would retain the organs from the autopsies of that week. In fact, not only did we review them there, there was a closed-circuit television. They went to Andrews Air Force Base, NIH, and it was a closed-circuit instruction program.
Mr. B told me that for the CCTV feeds from the autopsy room to elsewhere in the hospital and beyond, "we wheeled in a television camera."
We Wheeled in a Television Camera
Often, it is impossible to prove a negative. But, this may be as close as one can come to proving that the BNH autopsy room was not permanently equipped with a CCTV system. If it had been permanently equipped, then it is unlikely that the CCTV team would have gone to the considerable trouble involved in transporting a bulky camera from Building 144 to that location.
It is a tautology that if no television or movie camera was present, then the movie film of President Kennedy's body -- reported by Dennis David -- was not generated in the BNH morgue during the Humes/Boswell/Finck autopsy.
Messrs. A and B confirmed CDR Humes' statement (see above) that there was a CCTV link with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) directly across Wisconsin Avenue from BNH. They are unaware of a similar link with Andrews Air Force Base, but both stated that there was a microwave link with Walter Reed Army Hospital and that CCTV feeds passed between the two military medical institutions in both directions.
A few years ago, I asked Dennis David to show on a blank face sketch what he recalled of President Kennedy’s wounds as seen in the 16-mm movie film in William Pitzer’s possession (Figure 2). His depiction of the wound at the rear of the head is similar to the descriptions of the Parkland doctors in Dallas and dissimilar from what is seen in the extant autopsy photographs.
Figure 2. Dennis David’s depiction of President Kennedy’s head wounds: http://www.manuscriptservice.com/WBPmovie/ddd.jpg
In a recent telephone conversation with Mr. David, I asked: "Is there any doubt at all in your mind that the body in that movie was John Kennedy's?" He responded: “Absolutely none.”
A Question of Color
Shortly after this article was published here, I received a message by email:
Interesting article. Did any of those who supposedly saw the "movie" or who worked with those cameras ever say whether the images were in color or b&w?
Only Dennis David has said that he saw the movie in Pitzer's possession, and if my memory is good, he said he saw color slides too. Come to think of it, the assumption at that time was that those slides were produced from the movie. If the movie was generated from TV, it would have been in B/W. Am I following your thinking?
Yes, you certainly are...I worked for [a TV station] that went color in 1954. They could only do color in the studio and the cameras were huge and weighed hundreds of pounds. In 1963, color cameras were extremely expensive, trouble-prone, and difficult to use unless there was a huge amount of light on the subject. All of that argues emphatically against the possibility of color at [Bethesda Naval Hospital]. For one thing, they could not be hidden from view -- everyone in the room would have seen it. And the camera had to be fairly close to the subject, otherwise there wouldn't be enough available light to get a viewable image. And since close-ups would have been mandatory for autopsies (otherwise why record them?), long lenses would not have been practical. So, if anyone claims that the Pitzer images were color, they cannot be telling the truth.
The crux of the article is that no TV camera was present at the Humes/Boswell/Finck autopsy. If a TV camera had been there, everyone would have known it. Furthermore, the fact that the CCTV crew wheeled a camera into the autopsy room for broadcast from there is as good a demo as any that no TV camera was fixed to the wall or invisibly installed in the ceiling, which -- until now -- has been my theory (despite remonstrations to the contrary from Harold Rydberg). William Pitzer could have been in possession of 35 mm color slides as well as a B/W movie. However, if my two contacts say that the TV camera(s) they worked with generated B/W images and Dennis David maintains that the movie film he saw was in color, then a significant disconnect exists. Either way, it's an aspect that needs to be covered.
I emailed Dennis David, and he responded:
I recall that the film was in color.
And I emailed Messrs. "A" and "B":
Did the CCTV system that you worked with generate black and white or color images?
Mr. "A" responded:
The CCTV system was equipped with both monochrome and color cameras. Color was limited to a surgical camera, mounted on a pedestal that permitted the camera to overhang the operating table, and a color film camera for slides and films. The bulk of the work was monochrome using Dumont cameras.
Before Mr. "B" responded, I emailed the next logical question:
Were CCTV feeds from Walter Reed in color (as well as monochrome)?
To which he replied:
We did have both color and monochrome television equipment, either of which could have been transmitted to Walter Reed. I don't remember if we received color television feeds, or just monochrome, from Walter Reed.
Is it at least theoretically possible that Bill Pitzer had a color movie in his possession -- within a few days of the assassination -- that was generated as a result of a CCTV feed from Walter Reed? Mr. "B" responded:
I would agree that it would be highly likely that both color and monochrome signals could be transmitted between NNMC and Walter Reed.
Mr. "B" also told me that he worked for DAGE Television as a field engineer stationed at a major hospital in Chicago, prior to moving to the NNMC in 1958. In Chicago they had a color television camera installed over one of the operating tables. Information on DAGE hardware available in the 1950s is available here, showing the brand/type of equipment they had at the NNMC. The Chicago and NNMC cameras were similar in operation to the film chain shown in the brochure. The major difference was that the NNMC "surgical" camera was movable.
In 2014, Dennis David spoke to Rob Clark on The Lone Gunman podcast, episode 30:
Dennis David: [...] I also learned, in my opinion and satisfaction, that the period between 7:35 and a few minutes before 8 o'clock, or until that body was put back in the bronze casket some time after- after 7 o' clock, that that period of time I believe was utilized to alter the wounds of the President in order to make it appear as though all- all the killing shots came from the rear.
Rob Clark: I agree. Most definitely.
David: Because on Monday, after the autopsy, I saw a sixteen millimeter film which the federal government denies ever existed. I also saw about six black-and-whites, I saw six photo- color photos of the body of the President, and I know that those photos did not match the photos later that were supposedly taken at the autopsy proceedings, after the official autopsy began at oh-eight-hundred- or at twenty-two-hundred. 8 o’ clock. So, that alteration had to be done some time between roughly 7 o’clock and, say 7:30.
David: Which’d been ample time to have done that. Because the photos that were officially released after the- of the official autopsy began at 8 o’clock- showed massive injuries to the head. I only saw- the photos I saw showed a bullet wound at the hairline directly above the corner, right corner of the right eye, and about a three- about four-inch circular kind of wound, which was obviously to me an exit wound, roughly about the size of a small orange or a very large peach. And that’s all. That’s the photos I saw on Monday that had been- that I believe were taken some time between 7 o’clock and say 7:30 or whatever. After- after- afterwards, when the Warren Commission report came out, other publications came, and I saw the photos where they had this huge massive injury that involved the temporal bone, as well as the parietal and the occipital bones. That was- I think that’s where the alteration occurred.
Clark: So what you saw basically matched what the Parkland doctors reported seeing?
David: What I saw the first time.
Clark: The pre-autopsy photos?
David: The pre- yeah.
Clark: The pre-pre-autopsy photos.
David: The pre-pre-aut- yeah. What I saw then was that, as I said, about- exit wound about the size of an orange that involved only the occipital- the occipital and a portion of the cranial floor.
Clark: Behind- behind the ear then?
David: Back here, yeah. But the temporal bone, which was on the side of the head, was not involved. This was located about- the exit wound I saw was low enough to have exposed the cerebrum- cerebellum- cerebral part of the brain. Not- not large- top of the head, sorry. The cerebral is what they called it. So you know, I didn’t really put all this together until after ‘65 when the Warren Commission report came out. When I looked at that, and-
Clark: You knew something was-
David: I knew something was not right.
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In November of 2016, Dennis David spoke at the JFK Assassination Conference held in Dallas:
On the following Monday, I went to- I was a First Class enlisted man. I was taking- I had enrolled in a program to gain commission. There was a man named William Pitzer who was the Lieutenant Medical Service Corps, who kindly sent it to be one of my mentors to help me out. So I had gone over on Monday after the autopsy to talk to Bill about the tests coming up in January, seeking his advice. And when I walked in the door, he said 'Denny, come here, you gotta see this'. On his desk he had a film editor, and on the editor was a sixteen millimeter film, and he had been looking at it. He also had black and white pho- color photos on his desk, all of them were of the autopsy. None of you have ever seen those pictures to this date, or even about the film, because the government said they don’t exist. The hell they don’t, I saw the damn things!
Of those films that were quite clear, Bill and I observed an entry wound approximately here [points to right forehead], an entry wound here [points to front of neck], and during that film, Pitz showed, the body was rolled up on it’s side and we observed an entry wound about six inches down from the neck and about an inch and a half to the right of the spinal column. We also observed an exit wound which involved- it was approximately this size [makes circle shape with hands], involving the parietal and occipital bones back here and did not involve the bones in this area [gestures to right front of the head] which the pictures you’ve seen show a piece flapped from the temporal. Years later, at the request of a researcher, I drew on a skeletal diagram of the wounds that I saw. I had never seen what Parkland doctors had said, but this investigator took my drawings, compared them to what was seen at Parkland, and they matched almost exactly. They were not the films and the pictures that David Lifton had in his book, because he- the ones he got had come from what they released- what the Warren Commission eventually would release. […]
The next Monday, I walked in with- when I saw Bill Pitzer and he was looking at this film and everything- things begin to gel, begin to question everything I’ve seen happen that time. So I went on, and finally in ‘65, I did get commission and was issued a medical service card. I was sworn in first week of December, 1965. Bill was there, ‘come over, give me a big hug’, and said ‘well, shipmate, probably won’t see you- serve with you anymore, ‘cause I’m gonna retire next year’, and he said ‘I’ve had some lucrative offers from major media’. So I went on my way, I went to Portland, West Virginia, went to knife-and-fork school, or what they call ‘knife-and-fork school’, and Naval justice school, and from there went to Great Lakes naval hospital for duty, and in April of ‘66, Barb Munroe, who had been both Bill’s friend and my friend at Bethesda came in for duty. She’d been transferred and she says ‘hey, did you hear about Bill?’, I said ‘no, I hadn’t heard anything’, and she said that he’d been killed. And I said ‘what?’, she said ‘yeah, they’re saying he committed suicide’, and I said ‘that doesn’t sound right’, and she said ‘well, there was some question about it because his hand had been mutilated and it looked as he’d been- as if he’s been tortured. And I said ‘I wonder if that’s because of the materials he had’, and she said ‘did you know about those?’, and I said ‘Yes, I saw ‘em’. And so, we talked about it for a while. […]
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2020.11.21 09:11 portlane John Leahy (July 21, 1926 - Nov. 11, 2020)
John Henry Leahy, Sr.
July 21, 1926 - Nov. 11, 2020
John H. Leahy passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 with family by his side. John was the youngest of the three children of Wilhelmina and James P. Leahy. He was predeceased by his parents; and siblings, Rosemary Richard and James P. Leahy. Born and raised in Portland, John was a lifelong Catholic. He attended Madeleine Grade School and Grant High School. He received his BS from Washington State and MBA from the University of Portland. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
John met Maryanne his wife and lifelong partner of 67 years while attending Washington State. They moved to Portland where they raised their six children. John was involved with the Mortgage Bankers Association, was a member of the Kiwanis Club, and an avid supporter of the Rose Festival. He enjoyed taking his family to the parades every year. There are fond memories of camping with dad and weekends at his beloved Salishan beach home.
John volunteered at his parish church and St. Vincent de Paul. John loved a crossword puzzle and enjoyed the delight displayed on his grandchildren's faces as the music and dancers chimed each hour on grandfather's cuckoo clock.
He is lovingly remembered by his six children, John (Monique), Colleen (Jim), Jim (Lynn), Molly (Peter), Denise (Peter), Anita (Ned); along with 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. You are welcome to view the service on: www.YouTube.com/sjbmilwaukie
A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to Covid. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to La Salle Catholic College Prep, Milwaukie, OR, University of Portland, or charity of your choice.
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2020.11.20 07:42 Kwatt8599 You see her EVERYDAY
As a survivor of domestic abuse, and active advocate for victims of human trafficking, this article stood out to me.
I’m a transportation operator for TriMet in Portland.
I have contacted this program numerous times for women and children in my city.
Please support them and save their number.
+1 (888) 654-2288
You never know when you or another may need it.
I had a woman board my bus yesterday who was beaten and shamed (they cut off all her hair for leaving her pimp) she told me she “just needed to get down the road” because she had a “bad date”.
I never turn these women away.
He had burnt all her clothes and belongings, she was wearing a belly shirt and heels when she came on my bus black and blue.
I had seen her frequently around my bus stop near Beech on 82nd, as well as Sandy, and Klickitat(both right next to cheap motels). I asked her if I could call police or medical and she refused. She asked instead for a free ride so she could get to a women’s shelter.
Originally I worried when I didn’t see her at her usual spots, I know human trafficking often results in death or suicide. It’s heartbreaking.
I’ve watched as my passengers undress them with their eyes, glare at them as we pass by, or ignore them completely.
I make a habit of waving, stopping to ask if they’ll be joining us, and giving them rides. Fully aware that they are being manipulated/threatened by unknown/unseen traffickers. I seek to befriend them so they can see the hope left in this world, that they can get away/find a better life without compromising theirs.
Women who need help and support deserve unconditional love and care. I’ve gone so far as to drive them to shelters in my own car after work if they ever decided to leave their “boyfriend”(usually a trafficker who’s manipulated the shit out of them).
I told her she was going to make it, that she deserved to be free,safe, and the chance to live a happy and healthy life.
Before she left I told her the strength she had to leave inspired me beyond measure.
My life has been under fire lately, my passengers give me the perspective I need in my darkest moments.
Pray for her and promise you will not allow this program to go down with this pandemic.
I love my city, because of what we do best.
Rise. Clackamas Women’s Services helps people ‘rise up from difficult situations’: Season of Sharing 2020
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2020.11.18 22:21 Stoaticor Victoria records 0 new cases and 0 new deaths for the 20th day in a row! 🍩🍩
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New cases reported in the last 24 hours
- There have been no new cases and no new deaths for the last 20 days!
- The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days (3 Nov – 16 Nov 2020) is zero for metropolitan Melbourne and zero from regional Victoria.
- Virus fragments were detected in untreated wastewater from Portland and Benalla on Tuesday 17 November:
- From 11.59pm Thursday 19 November, a “hard border” will be in place at the South Australian border for 48 hours before a permit system comes into effect from 11.59pm Saturday 21 November.
- This move follows the discovery of fragments of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes coronavirus, in wastewater taken from the Benalla and Portland wastewater treatment plants on Tuesday.
- These test results, in towns along freight routes between Victoria and South Australia, are unexpected and combined with confirmed community transmission in Adelaide, led to public health advice recommending the temporary border closure announced today.
- Residents of Benalla and Portland and anyone who has visited those areas between 15 and 17 November are urged to get tested and to isolate until they get their test result.
- SOUTH AUSTRALIA:
- We have also identified 46 people who are in Victoria who have left Hotel Quarantine in South Australia and are required to undertake another period of quarantine in Victoria..
- Individuals are asked to quarantine for 14 days from the last time they were at the hotel. They will also undergo a Day 11 test towards the end of this quarantine period to ensure no asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic infections are missed.
- They can quarantine at home if they are able to do so safely and appropriately. Support services are available to assist these people during their quarantine period and relief accommodation is available for individuals who cannot complete their quarantine at home.
- Anyone who has been in SA in the last 14 days should check the exposure sites listed on the SA Health website and take the appropriate actions. And if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild, they should get tested and self-isolate until the result is available.
Other helpful information and links
Cases to date
| ||Last 24 hours ||TOTAL |
|Confirmed cases ||+0 ||20,345 |
|Active (all metro Melbourne) ||+0 ||3 |
|Recovered ||+0 ||19,523 |
|Deaths ||+0 ||819 |
|Community transmission ||+0 ||3,762 |
|Test results received ||+17,161 ||3,457,275 |
|Hospital ||+0 ||2 |
|ICU ||+0 ||0 |
|Ventilated ||+0 ||0 |
Cases in hospital
|Age group ||Last 24 hours ||All hospital cases |
|80-89 ||+0 ||1 |
|90+ ||+0 ||1 |
|TOTAL ||+0 ||2 |
Virus fragments were detected in untreated wastewater from Portland and Benalla on Tuesday 17 November. "Preliminary positive test results received yesterday are unexpected and concerning given there are no residents of either area known to have had a recent coronavirus illness" https://preview.redd.it/xm7okhijg5061.png?width=1462&format=png&auto=webp&s=596e8a98754cf145d1132a4f90f56a1c247c8ff1
- Aged care outbreaks: As of Tuesday, 10 November 2020 at 7:12:03 am AEDT, there are no known active cases associated with aged care facilities. To date, there have been 652 COVID-19 deaths linked to aged care facilities in Victoria.
- Educational institutions: As of Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 7:18:43 am AEDT, there are no known educational institutions that have been affected in the last 14 days.
- Healthcare workers: As of Thursday, 12 November 2020, there are no known active healthcare workers. To date, there have been 3,573 COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers in Victoria.
- Active outbreaks: As of Friday, 13 November 2020 at 10:51:56 pm AEDT, there are no known active outbreaks.
- ⚠️Case alerts - public exposure sites: As of Friday, 13 November 2020 at 11:16:08 pm AEDT, there are no case alerts - public exposure sites listed on the DHHS website.
2020.11.18 21:05 portlane Patricia Parr (Jan. 9, 1932 - Sept. 25, 2020)
Patricia Ann Parr
Jan. 9, 1932 - Sept. 25, 2020
Patricia Ann "Pat" Parr, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who always put her family first, died peacefully under the hospice care of the 5-West team at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Ore., Sept. 25, 2020.
A first-generation American, Patricia was born Jan. 9, 1932 in St. Paul, Minn., to Lebanese emigrant Anthony Charley and his wife, Marie. The family moved to Portland in the 1940s and Pat attended St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. She went on to the Providence School of Nursing, where her technical skills, strong work ethic and patient orientation led to her becoming head nurse of the surgical recovery floor immediately after graduation.
But perhaps the most notable event in her nursing education was her senior-year school prom, where she met Dwight Sigsbee Parr. It was love at first sight. The two married Dec. 27, 1954 and enjoyed a loving, enduring partnership for 62 years.
Pat worked as a nurse until her first child was born in 1955. She later stepped in as volunteer bookkeeper for her husband's business. Although she had no background in finance she handled the job with her typical patience and eye for detail, balancing accounts to the penny until the company could afford a full-time employee.
She was proud of her Lebanese heritage and admired her father's courage in coming to a new country as a teenager. She was an avid explorer of different cultures; when she and Dwight traveled they often chose sites of historical significance, including the ancient ruins of Greece, Mexico and Peru. They enjoyed more relaxed vacations as well in Hawaii and Southern California. She read widely, with history always her first choice.
Pat inherited her mother's skills as a seamstress and was accomplished at needlework and sewing. Her grandchildren were the lucky recipients of many outfits she designed and customized with a Mimi label, their affectionate nickname for her. She later discovered the game of Mahjong and became quite good at it. She was an excellent cook; her Christmas dinners were a family favorite.
A generous and loyal friend, Pat led with humility and appreciation for her blessings. Above all, family came first for her. She held high standards for her children, expecting (and getting) good manners and rejecting arrogance in all forms. She never sought out social accolades or status, focusing instead on the joys of family, friends and faith.
She felt a strong responsibility for others. After her successful recovery from breast cancer, Patricia and Dwight created the Parr Family Cancer Fund at Providence St. Vincent's to help patients with financial needs not covered by insurance.
Her adored husband, Dwight preceded her in death in January 2017. Her only sibling, Mary Ann Nicola also preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Mary Brophy (Patrick), David Parr, and Michael Parr (Sharon); grandchildren, David Parr (Sara), Caroline Cath (Will), Kelly Sanders (Alex), Shannon Watson (Charlie) and Abbie and Kelsey Parr; and six great-grandchildren. Her devoted caregiver Kafo'atu (Kaye) Vete became a member of the family. The family also extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Duc Nguyen and his team for the excellent care given to both Patricia and Dwight throughout their later years.
Due to the pandemic, the memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to The Parr Family Cancer Fund, care of Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center.
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2020.11.18 15:43 kerry_lusignan How One Expat Couple’s Marriage Has Survived 25 Moves in 50 Years
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https://preview.redd.it/pbz3r0cxf0061.png?width=775&format=png&auto=webp&s=d86a78a4ee96683f4e91f3cdda77dfe0b23aad8e Psychologists Drs. John and Julie Gottman of The Gottman Institute separate couples into two major groups: the “masters” and the “disasters.” Masters remain happily together, while disasters either break up or are chronically unhappy. In Masters of Love, couples share thoughts about marriage and tell us what they have learned along the way.
Dan from Seattle, Washington met Nancy from Fort Worth, Texas in the fall of 1971 on Orientation Day at Richmond College in a suburb of London, England, where the two were studying abroad. They were married two years later.
After living in the Pacific Northwest for 26 years, they joined the State Department, which took them to nine separate tours of duty across five continents in 18 years. Today, Dan (69) and Nancy (69) are retired and live in Seattle, WA. They have two adult sons, Robert (31) and Michael (29).
We asked them about how they met, how they decided to live abroad, what the most rewarding and challenging aspects were, and their best advice for couples living overseas. On their first meeting Dan:
We met on Orientation Day at Richmond College in a suburb of London, England, in the fall of 1971. We were both enrolled in a Junior-year-abroad program that had students from throughout the United States. We were both working part time. Nancy was going to work for a family as an au-pair in central London, and my roommate, Jim, and I were the program's mini-bus drivers. We asked Nancy and another young woman from Texas to join us at a riverside pub that evening. It didn't take long into the conversation before Nancy and I connected as if we were long-lost friends.
We connected at a basic value level that allowed me to feel completely safe in our conversation, and I was sharing feelings, hopes, and fears that I had never shared with anyone. We were together from that evening, although I tried to put up walls to avoid a commitment to her (and my own feelings). We continued to fall deeper in love the more we discovered about each other.
As a right-brain person and introvert, I love leading groups, but keep individuals at a distance. Nancy has a full spectrum of left-brain skills including math and science, organization, and planning. She is very extroverted, has no fear of mixing in new groups, and develops close friendships. We have found that we are an amazing, decisive team when we respect our different "lanes" in getting things done together. Nancy:
Dan was very talkative and sharp. We were immediately comfortable with each other and on our first date and we shared our secrets openly. We bonded and trusted each other immediately. We came together with core values in common, but our interests, skills, and abilities could not have been more different.
I believe opposites do attract. The Gottmans talks about how it’s not who you are
or what you do
that will help you find “the one.” Rather, it’s how you speak to each other, how well you get along, and how you move through time together. After 50 years together, we couldn’t agree more. https://preview.redd.it/d8stqg12g0061.png?width=489&format=png&auto=webp&s=473e7f4af2bf4d979f7a28760a303a01497536cb On deciding to live abroad Dan
: We met overseas, each with the intention to live and study in London for the school year. Nancy then returned home to live with her parents for the summer and work in her parent's church. I stayed and worked for the college in London and made money to allow me to spend three weeks in the Soviet Union with a small British student group (I had taken Russian in high school). We each returned to school in the United States in the fall—me in Seattle and Nancy in Green Bay.
Our relationship endured the distance and the time apart, but after the first term back at school, I asked Nancy to come to Seattle and marry me. I was nervous and fumbled the proposal badly over the phone, but she said yes and I drove to her parent's home to meet them at Christmas and brought her back to Seattle.
We were married 10 weeks later and three months after that accepted an offer to move back to London for a year and work for the college we attended. We saw this offer as an opportunity to travel more in the UK and on the European continent while having a place to live and flexible jobs to support ourselves financially. We loved the couple that we would be working for.
After this second year in London, we continued to travel overseas on vacations, but lived in apartments and houses in Washington State and Oregon that were close to various schools we attended and jobs we held. After 15 years of marriage, we decided to start a family. We had two boys a few years apart and they became part of our overseas travel adventures.
When they were both in elementary school, the state of Oregon passed a massive property tax rollback that slashed school funding. Nancy was doing her student teaching, having completed coursework for a Master's Degree in teaching. At the same time, the business we had owned for 15 years was in the middle of a technology shift and we had decided to sell the assets. We agreed it was time to leave Oregon.
We went to London where Nancy interviewed for teaching jobs in International Schools, and I sat for the State Department Foreign Service Officer Exam. The process was long and involved, but when offered a position with the State Department that required relocating to Washington, D.C. in six weeks, we said yes, then went to work to get it done. Nancy:
I remember as a middle school student in Fort Worth, Texas dreaming of living in other countries and of working in different jobs for a year or so. My father was an armchair traveler who read and watched TV specials about other countries, music, and art. My High School French Teacher led a group of students to France and I went with her when I was 16.
Dan and I lived in London for two years at the beginning of our relationship and traveled around the world many years before joining the State Department after 26 years of marriage. We joined the State Department after deciding to sell our business and I had finished a Master’s Degree in teaching.
We were at a turning point of looking at new opportunities and breaking away from our life in Portland, Oregon. We decided that we wanted to show our two sons a larger world than Portland offered us. We have moved 25 times in almost 50 years together, including nine times in 18 years with the State Department. On the rewards of living abroad Dan:
As a couple, there are huge rewards to be gained by stepping outside your comfort zone and learning new things, not only about the local culture and people, but about yourself and each other as you face new challenges. Tourists never get the chance to burrow into local peoples' lives, compare differences in the way we look at the world.
For our sons, it was a chance for them to begin to realize all the things we have at home that we take for granted as normal: clean drinking water, electricity that runs all day, schools for all kids, good hospitals, ambulances, fire hydrants and fire trucks, flush toilets, and toilet paper (and what it was like to do without some of those things). For Nancy and I, rewards included learning to cook and eat new foods, attending ceremonies like weddings, church services, funerals, and local holiday celebrations, listening to local music and dances. Looking back at the US from abroad, through local eyes—discussing world events through a local lens.
Finally, sharing these experiences with each other, encouraging each other to keep learning, because at the same time it is exciting, it could also be exhausting. Nancy:
The most rewarding aspect to me was the interesting people and cultures that we learned about and the relationships that we developed. I love to learn new things and living abroad gave me that opportunity constantly. https://preview.redd.it/3fflidj8g0061.png?width=607&format=png&auto=webp&s=005e0bb15b8bd72343c6e64225bd057ee0f74a07 On the challenges of living abroad Dan:
Managing the stress of constantly adjusting to new ways of getting things done. Each home leave we would disembark and welcome each other back "to the land where things work." As much as we complain, the United States works. Customer service, efficiency, product quality, endless public services, fire departments, and ambulances that take you on good roads to a decent hospital.
In so many countries, life is just much harder. Expats living abroad typically have the resources to secure items they need or want through the mail if they are not available locally, but in many countries basic services are lacking or simply don't exist. Government corruption can lead to many services being available only to those that pay a bribe. Public safety on the streets, safe construction of buildings, roads and electrical systems can be sketchy at best. The challenge is to get to know your complete environment and all its limitations. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Always be prepared for the unexpected. When the unexpected happens, and it will, that is when the trust, mutual respect, and good communication skills you have built as a couple is a lifesaver. The challenges will test your bond as a couple. Having the right tools to fall back on will help turn the challenging times to ones of growth for your relationship. Nancy:
Keeping our family and work life balanced and making sure that all of us had the resources and support that we needed through the constant changing environment.
There can also be a lack of support of family and friends when you need them. The guilt and sadness weighs on you when you miss important events at home, like weddings and birthdays of loved ones, or worse, funerals and memorial services. I lost my mom when we were on our first overseas tour. Dan lost two of his three brothers and a sister-in-law while in Okinawa, a brother-in-law while in Geneva, and a sister while in Kigali. Those losses were so much harder when not surrounded by loved ones. https://preview.redd.it/l6q9m5a9g0061.png?width=494&format=png&auto=webp&s=76b1426289503cb0d164432b151f75f2a61958d8 Their advice for couples living abroad Dan:
Our relationship faced different pressures in Geneva than it did in Abidjan or Kabul, and still different in Okinawa. In every environment, however, what we learned from the work of John Gottman was the importance of “fighting fair” as a multitude of stresses affected our day-to-day lives.
Ultimately, it comes down to treating each other with love and respect, even when we disagree. We had to learn the skills to resist the defensive reactions and simply listen, and to not discount each other’s feelings. We’re always on the same team. Nancy:
Constant change can be exhausting, but can build on the bonds in a marriage if you work on every transition together—always looking for solutions that meet each of your needs. The effort itself strengthens the lines of communication and builds trust and mutual respect, both elements that allow love in a relationship to thrive.
When two people have very different ways of approaching problems, you each have to respect and allow the other person’s approach. And even the best laid out plans can have different results than expected. You have to continue to work together without judgement and blame when things don’t turn out. ****\
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2020.11.18 03:03 portlane Patricia Lockard (March 11, 1924 - Nov. 10, 2020)
Patricia Jean Lockard
March 11, 1924 - Nov. 10, 2020
Patricia "Pat" Lockard passed away peacefully at her Newport beach condo after watching the sunset surrounded by the people she loved. It was a fitting end to her 96-year life well lived and just as she wanted.
Pat was born in Nashville, Tenn., and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After attending Ohio State she married her high school sweetheart, Bud Wood who was a fighter pilot in the Navy. After the Korean War Bud became a member of the Blue Angels and they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. He was tragically killed during an air show in 1952, leaving her with their young son, Greg.
Pat returned to Ohio where she met her husband, Murray Lockard and they relocated to Lake Oswego in 1954 where he had accepted a new job with KPTV. They welcomed a second son, Scott who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. They made their home in Lake Oswego for 47 years before Murray's passing in 1990.
Throughout her life Pat was active in the community. She and Murray were cornerstone members of the United Methodist church. She loved volunteering her time for committees, fundraisers and the annual Holiday Bazaar that was so dear to her. She served as membership secretary and was the unofficial "funeral lady." She also served on the board of Rose Villa and the LO Adult Community Center where she served meals regularly.
Pat was a longtime supporter of the Little Theater which is now a part of the Lake Wood Theater. Murray performed in several of the early plays there and she continued her patronage for rest of her life.
Pat was a member of PEO and she cherished her longtime friendships with her PEO sisters. She was also a proud Tri Delt at Ohio State and took joy in sponsoring young college women joining her beloved sorority.
Pat worked for the Clackamas County Education Services District as an Administrative Assistant on the campus of Marylhurst. She watched as the construction of Mary's Woods took place and was one of the original residents in 2001. She had many friends there, new and old and took advantage of all the classes, concerts, lectures and outings they had to offer.
Pat lived an exemplary life and was an inspiration to everyone she met. She was the queen of cards and never missed sending one for any occasion, always with a kind personal note. She was curious about the world and never stopped her quest for knowledge. She enjoyed traveling, volunteering, puttering in the garden, shopping and her trusty old Chevrolet but her family, friends and faith were what mattered most. This one of a kind extraordinary woman with a progressive spirit and love for life will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Pat leaves behind her son, Greg Wood of Portland; sister, Miriam Wagner and her family of Columbus, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Susan Lockard of Lake Oswego; grandchildren, Jordan, Zak and Faith; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and countless dear friends.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions there will be a memorial service scheduled for a later date. In honor of Pat, please practice acts of kindness to others. Contributions may also be made in her memory to United Methodist church of Lake Oswego.
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2020.11.17 14:20 More_Locksmith_1521 Moving back home at 29. Advice.
So basically I left my father at 16 , he was a single military father of whom raised me and my sister. I left at 16 due to me being a delequant child and didn't care about school , money or my future or rules. I moved to ma and ended up in the Foster Care system , ended up graduating high school and attended college. I did horrible tbh I didn't care about school I was burnt . I moved to Portland or at 23 years of age and attended beauty school with the idea that I would be a hairstylist and go back to college part time. I graduated at 25 . Shortly after I met my ex of whom I knew was bad for me but I obviously was so in love . I ended up moving to a small town on the west coast with him. We dated for almost 4 years. I put myself back in school I have 60 college credit and gpa of 3 .52 I just need a college algebra course and a tech writing class and I can transfer to a university. My ex left me recently for a 20 year old...my ex said he doesn't want what I want in life and wants to have fun , party, do drugs , travel and be in my eyes a loser considering he is almost 30 and has only had a few jobs in the fast food service industry. Happy I didn't have a child with him or get married because we would be screwed. Obviously I'm broken hearted but taking it as a blessing in disguise. My closes family members are my sister in San Diego and my father in Fayetteville NC . I'm ok with the breakup, it was a learning lesson and It made me realize all I want in life is to be independent and hold my own in this world, have a man in my life that wants similar things, family , kids house , retirement. I just want to focus on my studies and get a decent job . Im almost half way done and if I do it right I'll be 32 by the time I'm finished with about 40 k in debt (scary) . My father wants me to come home my sister has also offered. Would it be a good idea to finish and move with them. Of course I'll be working paying rent etc etc . I just really need a support system . I've failed in my eyes and I just want to be with people whom believe in me and can help reach my end game . I can also finish college and stay in state my issue is Im alone with no support and it bothers me like if I lose my job, get into a car wreck, get a flat tire I'm screwed. Over all I hate Oregon also ...no offense and I miss my family. I've been on my own for 10 years with no help from family and it just hasn't worked in my favor. Have Mercy.
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2020.11.17 03:00 portlane James Brisbee (Nov. 5, 1944 - Oct. 12, 2020)
James E. Brisbee
Nov. 5, 1944 - Oct. 12, 2020
Jim passed away, unexpectedly, Oct. 12, 2020, at his home on the Wilson River in Tillamook, Ore., with his wife, Peggy, at his side. They had been married for 56 years.
Jim was born to Loretta and Verne Brisbee in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Franklin High School where he met his future wife. They were married in July of 1964. In the late 1980's they bought property on the river and built a cedar log home in 1992. Jim had fished that river since his teens, first as a "bankee" and then from boats that became exponentially larger as the years passed! After retirement, he and Peggy lived there year round. He was living his dream!
Jim was preceded in death by his parents. In addition, he is survived by his two children, Mark (Stacy) and Kelly Ingraham-German; and his grandchildren, Tyler, Parker and Baylee Brisbee and Alec Ingraham and Wyatt German. He also leaves his brother, Larry (Kathy); his sister, Donna (Randy); as well as "spare sis" Jeri (Jim) and their families. He will also be missed by his longtime fishing friends including, Jack, Ed, Dan, Micki and friend to the end, Scott.
At his request, no services will be held. His ashes will be spread on his beloved river at a later date.
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2020.11.13 21:02 portlane Diana Gerding (Oct. 31, 1937 - Nov. 9, 2020)
Diana M. Gerding
Oct. 31, 1937 - Nov. 9, 2020
Diana Marie (Buchanan) Gerding was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Forest Grove, Ore. She was known for her generous, fun-loving, sensitive, and thoughtful spirit. Daughter of farmer John Henry Buchanan Sr. and homemaker, Cornelius Elementary School secretary, Leona (Gerardo) Buchanan. Diana attended Forest Grove High School and Oregon State University. At OSU, Diana majored in general science with a minor in chemistry and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. While working as a laboratory technician at the University of Oregon's Institute of Molecular Biology, Diana met her husband, Robert Kenneth Gerding "Bob" of Portland, a biochemistry graduate student at UO, on a blind date. They talked for hours and knew it was love; according to Bob, "within hours of meeting her and talking with her, I knew." The pair were married March 19, 1960, in Forest Grove and started their home in Eugene. In 1963 they moved to Berkeley, Calif. Diana was a secretary at the Naval Biological Laboratory at UC Berkeley where Bob was in doctoral studies. In 1964 Diana canvased her Oakland, Calif., neighborhood collecting signatures to bring a ballot measure supporting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to end racial discrimination of voters. Diana and Bob began building their family and future, which spanned Diana supporting Bob's science career in California, Missouri, Indiana, and returning to Oregon.
While raising their two children with Bob in Hillsboro, Diana owned and managed the Gerding Composing Company. Diana and Bob were members of the Creative Initiative Foundation which sought to create positive social change and unify communities through personal growth and global fullfilment. She served as a Tri-County Coordinator and State Campaign Manager to bring the Oregonians for Nuclear Safeguards ballot measure to the 1976 statewide election. Diana joined Bob to establish Gerding Investment Company whose work included affordable housing projects. Starting in the 1990's, Diana worked on the executive boards of many non-profit organizations such as the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland's Literary Arts, and Portland Center Stage (PCS). In 2008 she and Bob made a significant donation to the Providence Cancer Center and were co-owners of the Portland Pearl District restaurants Bluehour and Ten01. Diana and Bob were passionate about the Pearl District development. Bob's company, Gerding Edlen Development, renovated several Pearl District blocks including the historic Armory, which became the home for Portland Center Stage and the Gerding Theater. Diana served as a PCS board member until 2019, when she was named a director emeritus. Diana loved the Oregon Coast, exploring her Pearl neighborhood, and spending time with her family and friends. She had a deep love of the arts, gardening, reducing our carbon footprint, thinking beyond war, and supporting social justice and equality. Diana traveled with members of PICA on trips to Cuba to invest in local artists. She continued to advocate for the often-unrecognized voices of minorities through supporting their work in the fine arts. With great effort, in her final days, she hand-wrote personal letters to local immigrants to encourage them to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.
Diana believed in one earth, one humanity, and one spirit. She died peacefully in her home at age 83, comforted by her two children and close friends Nov. 9, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, who passed Aug. 18, 2009.
She is survived by her siblings, Mary Louise Zander (Buchanan) and John H. Buchanan, Jr.; John's children, Danielle Sterrett, John H. Buchanan III, Alexander Buchanan, Andrew Buchanan; their spouses and children; her cousins, Tom Densmore and Donna Hazlitt and their families; Diana's children, Shawn Marie Rehfeld (Gerding) and Erik Gerding; and her grandchildren, Joseph Rehfeld (18), Ava Gerding (16), and Elias Gerding (12); and many additional loving family, friends, and colleagues.
No service is planned at this time, but we will gather to celebrate Diana's life in 2021. Please honor her memory with a gift to Portland Center Stage.
To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to www.fuitenrosehoyt.com
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2020.11.11 07:44 Roanhouse Portland Sex Workers Support post
I posted this as a comment to a recent post but I wanted to see this be possibly more wide spread known. Please feel free to add more sex positive harm reduction organizations as well as resources you can think of for Healthcare / Mental Health and social support access as well as community resources from legal services to workers rights organizers.
This is my short list of local organizers and resources for sex positive sex workers in Portland for workers rights, labor rights, and legal support, as well as healthcare services.
Local voices in PDX community:
PDX Sex Workers Health access
- Portland Sex Worker Outreach Coalition
- All SWOC services are available to anyone working in the sex industry.
- Clackamas Health Clinic
- Confidential healthcare, Assistance with legal referrals, Bad Date Line info, Safer sex supplies, Social Service, advocacy and referrals, Free 9-1-1 cell phones, HIV and STI testing, All services are free. Hours are 9am-5pm Tuesday, and 1-5pm Thursday at Clackamas Service Center 8800 SE 80th Ave, off 82nd and Cornwell. Or call Portland Women’s Crisis Line 24 hours a day – 503.235.5333 or 888.235.5333
- They provide regular outreach on the streets as well as to adult businesses such as lingerie modeling shops, strip clubs, and bookstores. They also offer a carespace for workers twice a year. These events include free massage, manicures, and food, and are usually offered in September and March.
- PDX Stripper Strike
- "Advocating proactive policy and equitable treatment for Black and Indigenous workers by facilitating restorative justice in the adult entertainment industry. ” with 21 state wide organization now. donating- through YWCA, the campaign’s fiscal sponsor. All donations are tax deductible.
- The Jezebel Project
- “Providing a voice and platform for the lived experiences of Portland's Black [sex workers] and entertainers.”
- PDX SW Relief Fund
- Portland Based Sex Worker in need of support, you can apply to this mutual aid fund here!. The Portland Sex Worker Relief Fund aims to distribute relief to Sex Workers in the Portland metro area who are most marginalized by systemic oppression in the industry and most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More Info
- Come to bat for SexWorkers, Donate to the Portland Sex Worker Relief Fund
- GoFundMe: http://gf.mext6x5k
- Stroll PDX
- A harm reduction, education, and outreach program by and for sex workers.
- Decrim OR - (Instagram)
Why Support / Decriminalize Sexwork?
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2020.11.11 03:02 portlane Carolyn Krieger (July 17, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2020)
July 17, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2020
Carlyon Krieger, 86, was born in Portland Ore., July 17, 1934, to Carl and Myrtle Velguth. While she lived a full, worldly, and eventful life, she passed away Oct. 19, 2020 only three blocks from where she grew up, in the neighborhood of Eastmoreland, after a several year battle with dementia. She will be remembered by all for her enthusiastic passion and creative talent, her industriousness combined with a keen attention to detail, her silly sense of humor and desire to participate in everything she could, and her zest for life. Carolyn was, truly, a unique and authentic individual who had a lasting impact on everyone she met.
Carolyn loved everything that was Oregon and will be remembered for her incredible knowledge of its history and places. She attended Duniway Grade School, Cleveland H.S. and, after beginning her college career at Oregon State University (remaining mostly a "Beaver" at heart), graduated ('56) with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon; pursuing her passion for the arts which was an influential driver the rest of her life. Carolyn was an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she developed many close lifelong friends. While at university she met her husband, David Krieger, who, at the time, was attending U of O Law School. Needing a partner for a dance date, as David's then girlfriend was out-of-town, Carolyn was happy to substitute and, not surprisingly, it was not long after, Carolyn became the new girlfriend.
After graduating, Carolyn immediately began a career teaching art at Evergreen Junior H.S. in Vancouver, Wash. She married David in 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Portland, and in 1960 started their family when, Erik, was born. Whether it was encouraging her children's activities in sports, music, and educational programs or getting actively involved in community groups, Carolyn kept a busy schedule; she rarely let a moment go by without being committed to some mission or project.
Carolyn was nothing less than very creatively talented. Over the years she put those talents to work; painting (multiple forms from oils to Tole), calligraphy, silk screening (which included petroglyph and tombstone rubbing), flower arrangement (including the growing and gardening), seamstressing, ceramics, and a love of piano. Beyond her art endeavors, Carolyn was a keen collector as evidenced by her home being famous for the variety of unusual art objects it held. Extensive collections of marbles, seashells, agates, Japanese Kokeshi dolls, Christmas ornaments only scratch the surface of what she was interested in. As an active member in Junior League, Albertina Kerr, Portland Garden Club, Eastmoreland Garden Club, Scandinavian Woman's Chorus and athletic & social clubs including Multnomah Athletic Club, Columbia Edgewater, and Waverley Country Clubs, Carolyn built lasting friendships, sharing her creative talent and establishing herself as a mentor to younger women throughout Portland.
Friends were a central part of Carolyn's life. Both her parents passed away early in her life which made her appreciate having others close. She loved to participate in almost any event. Accordingly, Carolyn mastered the art of cooking and became a wonderful and gracious host. She would throw luncheons on Halloween or host Christmas-Day "Golden Glow" parties for those who could break away for the afternoon. Carolyn did not limit her connections to people, as she was a huge fan of animals; over the years adopting stray cats and giving them silly names such as "Big," "Little," and "Mean."
Carolyn loved to travel, especially with David and friends. She was an avid reader, had an appetite for adventure, and relished new experiences. Over their time together she and David traveled extensively to many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, as well as throughout the U.S. She did not limit her active life to travel as she was an avid skier early on and, for over 50 years straight, never missed the extended family camping adventures. Her love for the Oregon Coast led her and family to spend significant time later in life at their house in Surf Pines.
Carolyn is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, David; brother, Charles Velguth; son, Erik Krieger, his wife, Susan and their children, Morgan, Max and Kennon; and daughter, Amelia Rodriguez, her husband, Arnie and their children, Charlie and Michael. Carolyn loved being a grandmother; watching the kids grow up, participating in their lives, and encouraging them to pursue the paths that made them most happy.
The family gives special thanks to Dorina and Dumitru Crainic who lovingly cared for Carolyn and the family for many years at the end of Carolyn's life. Services will be held in private at Willamette National Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Carolyn in remembrance may make a donation to the National Alzhiemers Foundation.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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2020.11.10 19:37 SnooGoats3109 Sitting in sorting facility for 2 days, will I still receive my package today?
Basically what my title says. I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I do not have things shipped to me very often at all and I am getting a bit antsy. It's said since it was shipped out to me that it was scheduled to be here by today but I am not sure if that is still true as it has been sitting in the Portland sorting facility since 6 AM on the 8th. I am only about 40 miles away from Portland if this makes a difference.
EDIT: I apologize and have spoken much too soon, my package has arrived to my local FedEx facility. I have to say my item got out of each facility, besides Portland, insanely fast. Though I am sure you all are very tired and busy, it still showed up on its est. delivery date which is always a plus. You guys keep up the good work and thank you so much for your service through these difficult and confusing times!
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2020.11.07 06:30 td139523 Hollinger's top free agent centers Athletic article. Good list for all the center crazed Rockets fans out there
Tier 1: Max guys
Tier 2: More than MLE, less than Max Hassan Whiteside — $17,200,380
Whiteside is an interesting case because he’s clearly a starting-caliber center on talent, but his defensive disinterest and stat-seeking reputation make him less popular in front offices. He’s also 31, which will likely limit his traction on any kind of long-term deal.
It’s easy to focus too much on the weaknesses and ignore some of the huge strengths. Whiteside shot 62.1 percent and led the league in blocks; a year earlier he led it in Rebound Rate. Few other bigs control the interior as well as he does, and those that do generally cost twice as much if they’re attainable at all.
That said, his lack of passing or long-range shooting ability can gum up an offense if his catches aren’t near the basket, and his presence basically requires defenses to play a drop coverage that keeps him near the rim.
What he is, in other words, is the perfect stopgap starter — just like he was for Portland this past season. There isn’t a lot of cap room to chase centers this summer, so he could end up back with the Blazers on a one-year deal, but I’m guessing some center-needy team (Charlotte? Detroit?) finds enough change under the cushions to pay him in the $15 million ballpark for a year or two. Christian Wood — $15,830,309
What a difference a year makes. Wood was cut by the Pelicans a year ago; now he’s arguably the best free-agent center on the market. While his projected value for next season is lower than Whiteside’s, he’s also six years younger and thus much more likely to command a lucrative multi-year deal. It’s easy to sniff that he was playing in meaningless games for a team going nowhere, but that didn’t stop Wood from putting up big numbers at both ends —
both at 4 and 5, and both as a reserve and a starter.
It’s hard to dismiss his season as a fluke as well. Wood’s previous brief snippets of NBA minutes had been nearly as productive, and he dominated the G League during his frequent journeys to the minors. The question isn’t how he was so good, it’s what the hell took so long for an NBA team to start playing him.
At 25, he’s in perfect position to cash in, but alas it’s in a market thin on cap space and not hungry for centers. One other factor working against him is that the Pistons would greatly prefer to keep his first-year salary below $10 million, which would enable Detroit to use “Early Bird” rights and a minuscule cap hold of $1.7 million to retain him and leave $30 million for its other free-agent pursuits.
Even at a higher salary, a return to the Pistons still makes the most sense, but I could see a rebuilding Charlotte team also bidding up his price. Andre Drummond (PO), Cleveland — $14,906,274
Drummond has a player option for $28 million, and there isn’t any great incentive for the Cavs to push him to opt-out and sign a longer deal for lower dollars. Drummond is a phenomenal rebounder and has some playmaking skill from the elbows, but overall grades out as a mid-tier starting center. This market is going to be so harsh for veteran centers that he might not get more than the midlevel if he opts out, and he can likely do much better a year from now. Jakob Poeltl (R), San Antonio — $13,166,442
Poeltl is a traditional, unsexy center and that may cap his market at the midlevel exception, especially since the Spurs can match any offer. His lack of floor spacing capability and iffy mobility above the 3-point line conspire against him in the pace-and-space era.
But within his role, he’s really good. For a big lug, he’s actually pretty nimble, blocking shots around the rim, positioning himself well in drop coverages and dominating on the glass. Offensively it’s a similar story, as he can’t shoot and has a pretty blah post game, but combats that with a good feel, hard screens, and solid finishing around the basket.
The 25-year-old Austrian may not progress much beyond this level, but it’s pretty easy to see him as the Spurs’ starting center once LaMarcus Aldridge moves on. At anything in the $10 million range, he’s worth it. Derrick Favors — $12,652,855
I’m guessing Favors won’t get this kind of money because of all the concerns about his knees, but he has been durable the past three seasons and posted a massive 21.4 Rebound Rate last season.
Of equal or greater concern might be his inability to present an offensive threat. He lacks the freight train rim runs of Poeltl and the vertical ability of Wood, and instead is mostly a humdrum short-hook and 12-foot pick-and-pop guy. Favors actually makes those shots at a halfway decent clip, but it’s just not something that scares an opposing defense.
That said, Favors remains a quietly productive player who would either be one of the best backup centers in the league or a good stopgap starter. That may or may not be in New Orleans, depending on the Pelicans’ other plans, but they can re-sign him without dipping into exception money and have plenty of room below the tax line to fit him in.
Tier 3: Mid-level guys Kelly Olynyk (PO), Miami — $9,806,750
Olynyk has a player option for $12.6 million that he will likely pick up, as he’s 29 years old and viewed by most as an MLE-worthy player who can serve as a good third big. Theoretically, he could opt out to sign a long deal now, but he’s almost certainly better off taking his one-year payday and hitting the market next year when more money is available. Montrezl Harrell — $8,816,566
This feels low, right? I strongly suspect Harrell gets the full MLE, at the absolute least, especially since he’s not an age issue at 26.
BORD$ may weigh Harrell’s playoff performance too heavily against him, but his position is a factor, too. Centers automatically have a much higher bar to clear statistically to differentiate themselves from the pack, as the replacement level for 5s is significantly higher. (Look at all the centers near the end of this list if you don’t believe me).
In terms of his real-life market, Harrell won the Sixth Man award while playing for one of the league’s best teams, but remains a tricky piece to fit in on a starter’s money. The offense is potent (31.7 points per 100 on 58.0 percent shooting is pretty ridiculous), but he’s not a shooter, so if he isn’t involved in the pick-and-roll game he can impact spacing. As with the other centers above, the lack of cap space teams and flimsy market for bigs will also conspire against him this offseason.
As far as this specific rating, Harrell gets dinged as a negative defender who is both undersized and not notably mobile. Harrell has the worst defensive PI-PM of any center whose name doesn’t end in “elicio,” dragging down his BORG to the point that his elite offense could only do so much to improve his valuation.
Tier 4: Less than MLE, more than minimum Nerlens Noel — $6,511,224
Noel may have trouble getting to this number because of perceptions about his commitment level, but he was really good in OKC this year. In the playoffs against Houston, he showed himself to be far more switchable and versatile against the Rockets’ unique schemes than starter Steven Adams.
While Noel’s overall offensive limitations are pretty severe —
the dunk is basically his only shot —
he easily could play a more prominent role in a switch-heavy scheme that needs a rim-runner. He’s also 26, so a two-year deal would guarantee a team the sweet spot of his career. Marc Gasol — $5,953,626
Gasol’s valuation here is understandable in light of the fact that he’s 36 and his offensive game mostly dried up in 2019-20, scoring just 13.6 points per 100 possessions. He’s a good passer who can camp above the 3-point line (38.5 percent last season) and keep the lane open for others, but is no longer a big threat around the basket.
However, contending teams might put a bigger price tag on him because his defensive game scales up so well to a playoff environment. He’s still one of the league’s best low-post defenders (important if, say, Joel Embiid is a potential opponent) and remains mobile and savvy enough to play any coverage scheme. Even at 35, Gasol’s defensive metrics were near the top of the league at this position. JaVale McGee (PO), Lakers — $5,753,491
McGee vanished from the Lakers’ rotation as the playoffs wore on after starting 68 games for them in the regular season. He played well enough to earn a bigger deal than the $4.2 million player option he has for next season, but the lack of minutes in the postseason may hurt his market. At 32, it’s also hard to envision him scoring a multi-year deal.
As with several of the other bigs in this tier, McGee is accomplished as a lob threat and shot-blocker but less so in terms of spacing the floor and defending above the 3-point line. He’s likely looking at a 20-minute role in some team’s center rotation, whether it’s back in L.A. or in a new uniform. His opt-out decision will be a tough one in terms of money, but he’d be hard-pressed to find a better basketball situation than his current one. Enes Kanter (PO), Boston — $5,641,787
Kanter has a player option for $5.0 million, and this valuation says he has one of the more interesting decisions of any player this offseason. Adding to the complexity: If Kanter does opt-in he’s likely to be traded because of the Celtics’ luxury tax situation and will have little control over his destination. It’s possible he’d rather pick his team than have the Celtics do it for him, and gamble that he can get roughly the same money either way.
Kanter’s rough and tumble game probably fits better on a team that needs his offense more than the Celtics do. He’s one of the few players so good at scoring on the block for post-ups to be valuable, and he’s a monstrous offensive rebounder. The tricky part is how to hide him on defense, where he is slow-footed defending pick-and-rolls and struggles to protect the rim. Those limitations have pushed him out of playoff games in recent years and may limit his market too. Serge Ibaka — $5,521,235
Subjectively, this number is low and I expect Ibaka’s next contract to come in around the MLE or a bit more. Why is it just $5.5 million? As with Harrell above, the market for centers in general isn’t that rosy. Also, while the eye test said Ibaka had a pretty solid year in 2019-20, bumping his scoring rate and hitting 38.5 percent from 3, his advanced numbers were more skeptical. Ibaka’s on-off numbers were the worst of any of the nine Raptors with at least 1,000 minutes, and by a pretty wide margin. That didn’t help his case.
Combine that with his age (31 this coming season) and the fact he mostly plays the league’s most replaceable position (94 percent of his minutes were at center, according to Cleaning the Glass), and he projects at a much lower valuation than his brand name might suggest. Nikola Milutinov, CSKA Moscow
The Spurs still own the rights to the 25-year-old seven-footer after selecting him late in the first round in 2015. He’s since emerged as one of the best bigs in Europe, albeit with a game firmly rooted in the 1990s that may not translate as well across the pond. Think of him as a high-end backup center type who would make sense in the $5 million range. Also, note that he is not bound by the rookie salary scale for first-rounders because the Spurs drafted him more than three years ago. Isaiah Hartenstein — $3,693,329
This number is on the high side, a result of BORG evaluating Hartenstein on some pretty small minutes samples over the past two seasons. Nonetheless, the league’s bottom feeders should be doing their homework on this guy. Hartenstein is only 22, remains 2-way eligible, and murdered the G League during his 14-game stint there last season. I’d be interested to see how he fares in an offensive role that went beyond “watch James Harden and dunk when he passes it to you.”
I’d like him more if he could shoot, but that part may not come around. Hartenstein also struggles on defense and his awkward hunched-over posture doesn’t help him with the eye test. Nonetheless, there should be a role for him someplace. Mason Plumlee — $3,344,137
Plumlee still has his uses, but he’s looking at a major pay cut from the $14 million he made a year ago. Plumlee can’t shoot, struggles from the free-throw line, and has a maddening tendency to call his own number on post-ups. However, he’s a useful reserve because he remains an athletic lob threat even at age 30, and he’s a good passer and ballhandler. Defensively his size and mobility are a plus but he can be his own worst enemy rushing into mistakes, such as the play where he lost Antony Davis at the end of Game 2 of the conference finals.
Overall, I think this number is perhaps a shade low and that he’s more likely to get the room exception (about $5 million). Given the juggling Denver will need to do to remain below the tax level, I’m not sure that payday is coming from the Nuggets. Dwight Howard — $3,137,516
Howard played his part to a tee for the champs last season, providing an energy defender, occasional roller, and frequent troller. With limited minutes Howard made sure he got his licks in, committing an eye-popping 8.1 fouls per 100 possessions. He’s 35 and his offensive game is now extremely limited because he’s lost so much leaping ability, but he still moves well laterally and books up and down the court in short-minute bursts. Alex Len — $3,067,904
Len struggled in 2019-20 after a strong 2018-19 campaign, but he’s huge, rebounds well, and converts lobs and passes around the rim. He’s not a super athlete and has to play drop coverage, and his efforts to develop a 3-point game have been halting. At 27, however, there still is some tread left on these tires. Skal Labissiere (R), Atlanta — $2,930,540
Acquired from Portland in a trade deadline salary dump, Labissiere nonetheless may have a future in Atlanta. The Hawks likely will decline to give Labissiere a $3.5 million qualifying offer, especially with two other expensive centers on their books, but can bring him back on a minimum deal and see if the 24-year-old Haitian can find a home on his third team.
Labissiere is a soft defensive presence but proved an accurate mid-range shooter with a soft touch when pressed into service in Portland, making 58 percent of his long 2s; extending that range to the 3-point line could unlock a lot more value. Ante Zizic — $2,877,801
Zizic’s age (23) helps him grade out as a slightly-better-than-minimum option at the center spot via BORD$, but in reality, I doubt he’ll be back in the NBA. He’s a good rebounder who plays hard and can shoot from short range, but a defensive liability and not a floor-spacer. He only played 22 games last season after the Cavs declined his fourth-year option. I’d expect him to return to Europe. Cheick Diallo (T), Phoenix — $2,705,142
The Suns will likely decline Diallo’s affordable $1.8 million option for next season to open up more cap space, but he could easily be back in Phoenix on another minimum deal. The 24-year-old is badly undersized for the middle at 6-8, 219, but has become a good short-to-mid range shooter who could really up his value by extending the range to the 3-point line. Doing so would also make him more viable at the 4, which is a much better fit for him at his size.
Tier 5: Minimum guys ($2.6M or less) Note: I did not include a dollar figure in this tier, as at this level all their contracts are proscribed by the league minimum contract rules.
If you really want to understand the concept of replacement level and why the valuations on the centers above might seem low, just look at the list below. All these guys projected as at or below replacement level for an NBA center this year, even though several appeared to be reasonably effective. The bar is just higher at the 5. Harry Giles
Giles has become a hot conversation topic in free-agency circles despite a very ordinary resume to date, and I do expect a team to take the plunge on him at a price above the minimum salary. The Kings declined his fourth-year option but could still bring him back at a salary up to $3,976,510, and with new management in Sacramento it’s possible they go that route.
I would have trouble seeing them get outbid, but I suppose it’s possible. Giles is just 22 and was an elite player as a teenager before a series of injuries sapped some athleticism. He is a good passer from the elbows but his narrowish frame is slightly undersized at center; however, he’s almost forced to pay there by his limited shooting range and somewhat stiff movement.
Also, there’s the little matter of the fouls. Giles committed 8.7 fouls per 100 possessions last season, an obscenely high rate that led all players with at least 500 minutes played.
Giles’s injury history also is scary, although at his likely price it’s much less of a concern. I only listed one-year value here, but Giles makes a good flier on a multi-year, low-dollar deal for a rebuilding team with some leftover money. Aron Baynes
Subjectively I like Baynes better than several of the names just above him. It’s a surprise to see Baynes down here given how well he played early in the season for Phoenix, and overall this still might have been his best statistical season.
But I can see the other side of the argument, too. Baynes’s play really tailed off the second half of the year and the Suns played their best basketball once he was out of the lineup. That last part is perhaps unfair — it’s not his fault the other dudes caught fire — but the deeper you dig on Baynes the iffier his resume looks.
Let’s start with the positive: He made shots. Baynes shot 35.1 percent on his goofy-looking push 3s, and 58.2 percent inside the arc, and shot enough to tally 24.4 points per 100 possessions. That’s really good for a center, although one can fairly question whether that 3-point rate is sustainable.
Nonetheless, neither PI-PM nor Raptor saw him as a notably impactful offensive player, and defensively he struggled to make an impact. Baynes saw both his rebound and block rates dip sharply at age 33, and also had a sky-high foul rate (7.2 per 100).
Overall, BORG saw him as slightly better than a minimum player a year ago, but with the age adjustment for 2020-21 he’s with the minimum guys. Too harsh? Perhaps. Certainly, somebody in need of a center will sign him, likely with a chunk of exception money. John Henson
Of the bigs likely to be available with the one-year minimum, I like Henson the best. He’s pretty mobile despite pushing 30, and his lack of muscle in the middle is increasingly becoming less of a concern because of how the league has changed. His defensive metrics last season were very good while toiling in anonymity for two terrible teams last year, including a high block rate.
Offensively Henson is no perimeter threat but is still long and bouncy enough to shoot 78.5 percent at the rim last year and he has a pretty effective jump hook game against switches. I wouldn’t go crazy here, but I’d be pretty okay with him as my fifth big. Tristan Thompson
Thompson averaged a double-double last year, believe it or not, but it’s hard to look at his year and say he was truly productive with a 51.8 percent 2-point shooting percentage and a jump in turnovers. The one thing he still does in bunches is grab rebounds, yanking down 18.6 percent of missed shots last season. Defensively he’s unspectacular, although he did boost his block rate last season. Overall I’d lump him in with Henson at the top of my minimum contract center pool. Drew Eubanks (R), San Antonio
Eubanks gave the Spurs some good minutes in the bubble, including an impactful performance against New Orleans that inspired me to write a mini-ode
to his play.
Bigger picture, the Spurs’ 2-way is ready to sign a deal for a full roster spot and likely deserves one after his 2019-20 performance. He’s a bit undersized for a center at 6-9 and doesn’t have any shooting range, but has enough explosion around the basket to rim run effectively and is capable of playing solid drop coverage as a rim protector. At 23, there’s still hope for more. Noah Vonleh
It seems like he’s been around forever but Vonleh is just 25 and he still teases with the idea that he might put it all together. While cycling through six different teams, Vonleh at various times has flashed ballhandling skill, some 3-point capability, plus rebounding, and switchability, but never for very long and never all at the same time.
If I were a rebuilding team, I still might be tempted to bring him on a minimum flier. His last two seasons were roughly replacement level, and hints remain that he might deliver something better in the future. Kyle Alexander (R), Miami
Miami’s 2-way was one of the best players in the G League and could be the next player to break out in the Heat’s Sioux Falls-NBA pipeline. A bouncy, skinny rim runner who played just 14 NBA minutes last season, Alexander probably comes back on another 2-way or a minimum deal. Donta Hall
Similar to Alexander above — his frequent rival over four years of Alabama-Tennessee games in the SEC — Hall is an undersized 5 who dominated in the G League and is ready to take the next step up the ladder. Unlike Alexander, no team controls his rights, and he should be a target for rebuilding teams in need of frontcourt depth. Willy Hernangomez
When I watched him as a younger player in Spain, I always thought Hernangomez would eventually be able to make 3s as a pro, but it hasn’t happened yet. It needs to because the rest of his game isn’t quite good enough to stay in a rotation otherwise. Hernangomez rebounds, can score in the post, and has good footwork around the basket, but is a minus defender and makes way too many turnovers. At 26, time is running out. Meyers Leonard
Leonard actually started 49 games for Miami this year, albeit not very productively, before the Heat deep-sixed him in the playoffs. His biggest selling point, by far, is a 39.0 percent career mark on 3s, including 41.4 percent last season. While it’s a low release and he has to be completely set, that weapon gives him some offensive value. Leonard can also fly down the lane for the occasional dunk, but rim running isn’t his specialty.
Defensively, his game is much more suspect, with poor rebound and block rates and little capability to guard beyond the 3-point line. He still belongs in the league and would be a sensible target as a third center on a minimum deal, especially for teams who can periodically weaponize his shooting in the right matchup. Mike Muscala (PO), Oklahoma City
Muscala has a player option for $2.2 million, which is just the minimum, but I can’t imagine a scenario where he does any better than that after he fell out of the Thunder’s big man rotation this season. Thon Maker
Maker becomes an interesting proposition if he can convert 3s closer to a 40 percent clip. At 34.4 percent for his career, however, there’s nothing to see here. He offers some intriguing switchability at the defensive end and has a plus motor, but he doesn’t have enough muscle to score near the basket and he fouls in bunches as a result of his strength disadvantage. Udonis Haslem
Not a lot to discuss here in terms of basketball since he never plays, but one presumes he’ll be back in his role as a glorified assistant coach with Miami. Moses Brown (R), Portland
The Blazers’ raw 2-way only played NBA 35 minutes but managed to swat five shots in that time. He put up some impressive stats in the G League as a 20-year-old, although the fact he had just five assists in 30 games is a bit troubling. I’d expect him to be back on another two-way or a minimum deal in Portland’s player development incubator. Bismack Biyombo
Biyombo has lost a bit off bounce the past few years so his rebounding and shot-blocking aren’t quite in the elite territory of his early-mid 20s. Which is unfortunate, because his offensive contribution is near-zero as a non-shooter without much in the way of ball skills. He still could figure into the equation next year if a team needs a third center. Ian Mahinmi
Like a lot of the centers on this list, Mahinmi offers decent mobility and plus shot-blocking but just doesn’t pack enough offensive punch for the way teams play in 2020. He turns 34 in early November and may have a difficult time procuring even a minimum deal. Damian Jones, (R), Atlanta
Somehow started more than 20 games each of the past two seasons. I’m guessing there won’t be a three-peat. I have no expectation that the Hawks will give him a qualifying offer or make any other effort to retain him, as they basically replaced him with Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon at the trade deadline and likely will keep Skal Labissiere above as the third center.
Jones actually cut his turnover rate last season and scored pretty efficiently around the basket, but despite being big and fairly athletic he is weirdly awful at rebounding (just 12.5 percent Rebound Rate in 2019-20) and inconsistent at best on defense. No longer 2-way eligible, he’ll likely have to rebuild his stock in the G League and hope for a 10-day. Jahlil Okafor
Came to the NBA in the wrong century. Okafor can get buckets on the low block, but nobody wants to post up anymore and he’s far too limited in the other phases of the game —particularly defensively—to warrant a significant role. Kyle O’Quinn
Physical, high-IQ guy who is popular in the locker room, but he’s 30 and lost his job to Norvell Pelle last year. O’Quinn’s lack of offensive mojo in particular (just 15.8 points per 100 last year) likely limits his attractiveness.
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2020.11.07 03:40 aprilarcus My family wants to pretend me out of existence
So hi. I've been stuck in this situation for a long time, and I was hoping some folks could give me some perspective on it. I (35F, transgender) live in San Francisco where I work as a software engineer. My mother (61) lives in Portland, where I grew up; my father (63) lives on the east coast with his wife (50) and their two children, my half siblings: 13M and 11F.
My parents separated when I was 14, and as I child I split my time evenly between them. My father started dating his wife when I was 18. My father did not do a good job of introducing me to her. He asked me to not live with them after I came home from college for the summer, and his attempts to introduce us involved competitive games and athletics. On one memorable occasion, she refused to share a dinner table with me while she was pregnant after I mentioned a sore throat, and took her meal outdoors.
From the very beginning my father has used language that makes it clear that he intends for me to have no role in his family life. Before my brother was born, he speculated that I would be like "an uncle" to him, because of our large age difference, and he initially referred to his wife and children as "my new family". They left Portland for the east coast a few months before my brother was born. I was disappointed not to get to have a chance to be involved in his infancy; I'd imagined that I could help with babysitting from time to time and whatnot.
Over the next eight years, from 2007 to 2015, I saw my siblings about twice a year: once at the thanksgiving family reunion hosted by my grandparents, and once in the spring when my wife and I would visit her parents, who fortunately lived within a reasonable driving distance of mine and gave us an excuse to combine trips.
Around 2015, my wife and I divorced, and in 2017 my grandmother passed away. My father stated that going forward, he would take the family to their mother's father's thanksgiving dinner. My father has always been a queer ally, with many gay friends in my childhood and who was one of my earliest allies when I transitioned. However, he cautioned me that his father-in-law is a martially minded southern man's man, and that if I chose to attend dinner with them as an extended family member, it would be at my own peril.
The last time I saw my family was in the summer of 2018, at my grandmother's memorial service. The five of us were getting along cordially, and I asked my stepmother if I could join them for Christmas, but at that moment she seemed to freeze, and mumbled something noncommittal. In November I was told not to book travel, as her brother-in-law was ill with cancer.
The next year (2019, last year) my father came to visit me in San Francisco. It was the first time he'd ever traveled to see me, and he said that going forward, he would prefer to conduct our relationship on "my turf". I asked again if I could visit for Christmas that year. By then it had been a year and a half since I'd seen my siblings. This lead to a horrible fight, which left me in tears.
I have done my best to maintain a relationship with generous, carefully chosen gifts for the children on birthdays, for the whole family on Christmas and at other random times when something occurs to me. It feels like shouting in the emptiness, and I've never received a thank you note or phone call.
I thought for a while that it might be a secret transphobia thing, and so I reached out to my stepmother's nephew, a trans man, for advice about it. He said that his aunt had always been perfectly kind and accepting to him, albeit difficult to read, so I don't think the most obvious thing is the source of whatever bad feeling is keeping me frozen out; and when I look back over the history of my father's relationship with my stepmother, it seems like I've only ever been grudgingly welcome no matter how I looked. It seems as though since my grandmother's death, she's decided that she no longer has any reason to present me with any veneer of friendliness. My father says that she is "happy" with our relationship, and not interested in "breaking new ground".
Meanwhile, my siblings are now entering their teens, and I haven't seen them in two years. It seems that I may not see them again until their adulthood, except by barging in to their lives as an unwelcome guest. I feel frustrated, demoralized, and bitter.
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2020.11.06 03:07 portlane Margaret Senders (Nov. 15, 1919 - Oct. 27, 2020)
Margaret F. 'Margery' Senders
Nov. 15, 1919 - Oct. 27, 2020
Margaret F. "Margery" Senders passed away at her home, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in the presence of her children and caregivers, just two weeks shy of her 101st birthday.
A true lady of the greatest generation, her wit, charm, and laugh continued right up until her passing. For example, she was able to vote and sign her ballot just two days earlier, proclaiming her choice in the loudest voice heard from her in weeks. Her life was not only measured in years, but also her positive attitude toward others. "Marge" as she preferred to be called was born in Portland to Berenice (Moyses) and Henry Feldman, the second of three daughters. As a child she remembers her father getting upset because he had to go out in the rain to crank the car to get it started; later watched men walk on the moon. She attended Ainsworth and Chapman Grade Schools, Lincoln High School, and Reed College. While attending Reed she met Bruce Senders of Albany, Ore., while skiing at Timberline Lodge. They married Dec. 14, 1941, just one week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to start WWII. They then moved to Seattle to open a branch office of the family business (Mt. Hood Soap Company). Both of her sons were born in Seattle; Steven in January 1944 and Geoffrey in March 1945. In 1955 the family returned to the Portland area to be near family.
When the boys got older Marge and Bruce traveled the globe many times over, but their favorite destination was Portofino Italy. One time they shipped home a 2-seat Fiat Spyder convertible sports car, easily the smallest vehicle on the road at that time. They also wintered in Carmel, Maui, and Palm Desert. In the summers they enjoyed spending time on their cabin cruiser and had many fond memories cruising the San Juan Islands and visiting Victoria, B.C. After her husbands accidental death, Marge continued to travel with her younger sister. On one such trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, the tour guide referred to the two white-haired old ladies as "the mountain goats."
Marge volunteered as a medical assistant in surgery recovery at St. Vincent Hospital, the Assistance League, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the gift shops of the Portland Art Museum and William Temple House Thrift Shop. She was a lifetime member of Multnomah Athletic Club and made many friends there. Marge was a swimmer and tennis player in her youth, then a track walker (several thousand miles) in her later years. She believed physical fitness and a good diet would extend her life (her evening Scotch maybe not so much). Marge continued to attend exercise classes 5 days a week late into her 90's, and was an inspiration to others in the class. Due to the dress code at the MAC, when she had rotator cuff surgery (twice) she made sure the fabric on her sling matched her purse. Marge enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and did so right up until a few days before her passing. Had she been a contestant she probably would have won.
Marge died just one block away from where she was born, so her life did indeed go full circle. Marge was preceded in death by her parents; both sisters, (Flora Jean Zurrow 1953, Elise Rosenfeld 2017); and her husband, Bruce in 2002. She is survived by her sons, Steven (Laurie) of Portland, Geoffrey of Albany; grandson, McKinley of Beaverton; nieces, Carol (David) Baker, Helen (Paul) Curtis; and nephew, Stuart (Barbara) Lang, all of Portland.
A private Covid limited graveside service was held at Beth Israel Cemetery, Nov. 2, 2020. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the caregivers of Select Home Care and Legacy Hospice for their professional and compassionate assistance in Marge's final months. The family would like to hold a Celebration of Life at a later date when permitted.
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2020.11.02 21:00 portlane Ruth Bentley (Jan. 14, 1930 - Oct. 8, 2020)
Ruth Mihnos Bentley
Jan. 14, 1930 - Oct. 8, 2020
Ruth Mihnos Bentley was born in Portland, Ore., Jan.14, 1930 and died peacefully Oct. 8, 2020, with her husband Owen and wonderful caregivers by her side
She attended Ainsworth Grade School, Lincoln High School (named a Rose Festival Princess in 1947) and the University of Oregon where she joined the Delta Gamma Sorority. She and Owen were married in 1951, and were just short of 70 years of marriage when she passed. They had three children: Christine, Spencer and Stewart.
Ruth was always busy with many endeavors including: expert seamstress, amazing flower arranger, President of the Portland Garden Club, gardening, cook, baker, entertaining friends and family, birder. She loved the outdoors and was a longtime member of the Mazamas and the Oregon Nordic Club. Ruth loved hiking, biking, skiing, mountain climbing, and camping. Ruth and Owen enjoyed traveling, across the U.S., Europe, especially Paris, and Asia.
Ruth was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Portland and later the Unitarian Universalist Church in Corvallis, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and providing weekly flower arrangements.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents; and son, Spencer Pentela. Ruth is survived by her husband, Owen; daughter, Christine (Charles) Hetherington; son, Stewart (Susan) Bentley; grandchildren, Erin Hetherington and Neva and Ian Bentley; brother, Peter (Linda) Mihnos; brother-in-law, John (Patty) Bentley; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Due to the pandemic, services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in Ruth's name.
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2020.11.01 02:09 portlane James Lancaster (Sept. 25, 1930 - Oct. 26, 2020)
James E. Lancaster
Sept. 25, 1930 - Oct. 26, 2020
James E. Lancaster passed peacefully Oct. 26, 2020 at his home in Gresham due to complications from heart valve failure.
Jim was born to Marvin and Alice (Yunker) Lancaster in Portland Sept. 25, 1930. He attended Orient Grade School and Gresham High School, where he played football and baseball. He attended and played football at Linfield College. He served in the U.S. Army at White Sands missile testing facility, N.M. He married Erma Gradin in 1953 and worked as a lineman and PBX installer for 30 years with Pacific Northwest Bell.
Jim's life revolved around faith, family, and friends. Jim was a member of Powell Valley and Good Shepherd Churches. Jim raced dirt track motorcycles in the 1950's and early 60's. He continued riding throughout his life, passing his technical skills, work ethic, and passion for motorcycles on to his children and grandchildren. Jim hand-built a boat that he used to take his family skiing on the Columbia River and fishing in the San Juan Islands. Jim was a private pilot who shared ownership of a plane with lifelong friend Don Gabbert. In retirement, Jim rode his favorite British motorcycles with the Oregon Antique Motorcycle club, and wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he played softball into his 80's.
After the death of Erma, Jim married LaVerne Cuniff, who survives him. Jim is also survived by sons, Jeff (Jennifer), Paul (Ewa) and Scott; and stepchildren, Jan Weldon (Bob), Jack Cuniff (Veronica), Jim Cuniff and Jill Cuniff. He has 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Erma; infant son, Clinton; and sister, Elizabeth Reed. Jim was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend with a gracious sense of humor and endearing smile who will be dearly missed.
A graveside service will be held at Willamette Cemetery, with a memorial service at a later date.
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2020.11.01 01:57 matthewkoehler How to Address the Housing Crisis While Benefiting Both Homeowners and Renters, and Without Costing Taxpayers a Dime
Note: This essay speaks directly to the Toronto context; however many of the economic, architectural and social points are applicable across North America.
The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Toronto was $2,013 for September 2020 according to Rentals.ca
. With a median monthly pre-tax income of $2,883
(2018) for Toronto, or $2,361 after taxes, your average Torontonian would be left $348 for all other expenses. Clearly something needs to be done to address the affordability crisis in this city.
With a moderate increase in density in residential neighbourhoods we could significantly increase the supply of new rental units. A bylaw change which allows for one additional storey in residential neighbourhoods provided the additional square footage is allocated to a rental unit is one way in which this could be accomplished. See *link
* for more detail on how this can be done.
There are 341,755
single- or semi-detached homes in Toronto, with the number increasing to 846,405
when considering the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). By promoting the construction of one rental unit per home we can apply a sustained downwards pressure on rental rates across the city for years to come.
This policy will tackle the housing crisis without the need for increased government spending, a factor which is especially important given the record ballooning debt of both Ontario
One of the key benefits to this policy is that it benefits both renters and homeowners, a critical consideration when attempting to garner political support.
Benefits to Homeowners of Constructing a Rental Unit Under Proposed Program
1- Providing a new source of monthly income.
2- Providing a viable long term housing solution for elderly family members, children, individuals with special needs and others.
3- Increasing the value of your home.
- Including a rental unit in your home will likely increase its value since it now has a potential source of income.
- The goal of this policy is to combat rising rent, not house prices. Regardless of government policy, houses will likely continue to increase in value since there is a limited supply of land. On the other hand, rental supply is only constrained by our ability to construct rental units.
4- Retaining the size of your current living space, while being allowed to build higher to accommodate a rental unit. See *link
* for more detail.
Below you will find economic, social and environmental reasoning for this policy.
1- Expanding the labour force capable of contributing to housing supply.
- Currently, small construction companies (like independent contractors) are not contributing to new housing supply in Toronto. This is because almost all new housing projects are at a scale mismatched to small construction companies. By allowing for this segment of the labour market to contribute to new rental construction we will address one of the limiting factors on housing supply.
- This point is especially important given the shortage of skilled trades in Ontario.
2- Reducing bureaucratic inefficiencies.
- By allowing increased density “As of Right” we can dramatically reduce the bureaucratic costs and time delays associated with zoning changes.
- Government bureaucracy is a significant factor in housing costs.
- “In Ontario, re-zoning can take up to seven years and there’s currently a lengthy backlog, including 100,000 units held up in Toronto alone.”
- “The Building Industry and Land Association found that some development charges in the Greater Toronto Area had increased by up to 878 per cent since 2004. That adds a cost of $164,500 to the average condo in new high-rise developments in Toronto.”
3- By allowing for stick frame construction up to 4 stories we allow for construction methods of approximately 30-35%
lower cost in comparison with typical Toronto condominiums.
- The economics of construction dictate that wood framed construction up to 4 stories has a superior capital efficiency ($/square foot) in comparison with construction methods employed in condominium construction. See page 11 in link.
4- Stabilizing the cost of doing business in Toronto.
- By mitigating rising housing costs, we will be stabilizing payroll expenses for businesses [as housing costs increase workers tend to demand higher wages in order to maintain levels of disposable income]. This will increase Toronto's competitiveness in attracting investment and employment. It will also reduce the likelihood of companies relocating to reduce costs.
5- Fostering a competitive marketplace in the construction industry.
- This policy will foster a healthy economic environment for small construction companies. This is important as currently, Toronto's housing supply is at risk of being supplied by a limited number of large companies. As with any industry; fostering competition is important in order to control costs.
6- Supporting thousands of well paying construction jobs in the city of Toronto.
- These jobs will be highly resistant to automation, a factor which will only become more and important in the coming years.
1- It is detrimental to social cohesion to allow housing costs to rise to the point where many Torontonians are unable to live in the city.
2- The neighborhood in which you grow up is one of the most statistically significant predictors of socioeconomic status later in life
. Segregating Toronto neighborhoods
based on wealth inhibits socioeconomic mobility as well as eroding social trust in our society.
3- Helping to create more livable communities.
- By allowing people to live closer to where they work, shop and play; we create communities more conducive to walking, biking, transit, and other non-traditional forms of commuting.
- Densely populated neighborhoods are able to support more businesses allowing people to have access to more goods and services within walking distance.
- The walkable city helps create community as people can get to know their neighbours and have a sense of belonging. See Jane Jacobs.
1- Combating climate change and protecting the health of local ecosystems.
- By encouraging stick framed construction we are promoting construction with a low environmental footprint.
- Densely populated cities with people living closer to where they work, shop and play reduces the environmental impact of transportation.
- Accommodating increased density within our built environment will help to reduce the demand for urban sprawl.
- By preserving natural environments outside of the city we are helping to preserve the health of ecosystems that filter our air and water, and provide habitat for wildlife.
- The Yellow Belt (April 2017), mapTO
- Video: Dave Amos. The Case Against Single-Family Housing (February 2020), City Beautiful (11 min)
- Video: Zach Weissmueller. Density or Sprawl? How To Solve the Urban Housing Crisis (February 2020), ReasonTV (15 min)
- Video: One Reason Homes Cost So Much (July 2015), The School of Life (6 min)
- Carol Galante. Opinion After the Coronavirus, Cities Should Embrace Density (May 2020), The New York Times
- Cherise Burda, Graham Haines, Claire Nelischer and Claire Pfeiffer. Density Done Right (April 2020), Ryerson City Building Institute
- For a TVO collection of documentaries exploring the global housing crisis see The Housing Gap.
- Video: The Housing Crisis (March 2020), Political Blind Date, TVO (28 min)
- Video: Rethinking Ontario's Housing Supply, The Agenda, TVO (20 min)
Examples of Other Governments Taking Similar Approaches
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