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Beard, James

(Encyclopedia) Beard, James, 1903–85, American cooking teacher, b. Portland Oregon. His interest in food was encouraged by his mother, who had been a hotel proprietor. He was a syndicated columnist, a frequ...

Bill Porter

Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy but nonetheless became a door-to-door salesman in Portland, Oregon, struggling up to 10 miles a day on foot while selling household products fo…

Gary Snyder

Poet Gary Snyder made his fame as an associate of the Beat Generation, set apart by his years in Japan (1956-68) and his involvement in Zen Buddhism. He grew up on the West Coast and …

D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper is the world's most famous jumping skyjacker, and his ultimate fate remains a popular question for fans of famous crimes. The mysterious middle-aged passenger, who bought …

Dr. Demento

Name at birth: Barret HansenDr. Demento is the on-air name of Barry Hansen, the longtime host of a syndicated radio show in the U.S. that featured novelty and comedy records. Hansen s…

John Bryson

John Bryson is the environmentalist and businessman who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2011-2013. Born in New York, John Bryson graduated from Cleveland High School in Port…

Mark Rothko

Name at birth: Marcus RothkowitzA pioneer of modern abstract painting, Mark Rothko was one of the most highly-regarded artists to emerge from the New York art scene after the end of Wo…

Mel Blanc

Name at birth: Melvin Jerome BlankThe most famous voice talent in cartoon history, Mel Blanc was the Looney Tunes star who voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and dozens of others…

Sam Adams

When Sam Adams was elected mayor of Portland, Oregon in 2008, he made history as the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. Originally from Montana, Adams grew up mostly in Orego…

William Stafford

Poet William Stafford didn't begin publishing poems until he was nearly 50 years old, and his first major collection, Traveling Through the Dark, won the 1963 National Book Award. Sta…