Monday, February 11, 2008

Portland Embraces the Rad

Tonight on OPB, The Oregon Experience will feature C.E.S. Wood, a soldier who fought in the Nez Perce War in 1877. He was deeply saddened by the U.S. army's treatment of the tribe and became the translator (and possible embellisher) of Chief Joseph's famous and heartbreaking "I will fight no more forever," speech at the Canadian border. Respectful of all cultures at time when that was very rare, Wood went on to become an accomplished novelist, journalist, satirist, poet, and an anarchist, anti-imperialist and corporate lawyer(!). He supported the rights of anti-war protestors and advocated for birth control. He was a co-founder of Portland's first library and art museum, and was friends with Chief Joseph, Mark Twain, Emma Goldman, Ansel Adams, Clarence Darrow, Margaret Sanger and John Steinbeck. This photo doesn't really do him justice but he was a total hottie as well. Yes, I have a crush on him. Watch at 9 p.m. tonight. A mini bio.

In completely unrelated radness, DJ Gustav of 94.7 KNRK, Portland's extremely decent alternative station, just played Hot Butter's 1971 hit, Popcorn in the middle of the afternoon. Because, he explained, it's a great example of the Moog synthesizer. Popcorn drives Jackson absolutely wild and we have made up many dances to its perky percussion. Which reminds me, I have to pick him up from school now. Enjoy:

WFMU's 79 versions of Popcorn

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