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Oregon’s Claim On Olympic Sports

Every state can boast qualities that transfer to sports, especially with the variety of Olympic sports. But even on that world stage, some states come up short.

For example, no event for breathing pollution? If there was, you’d see gold medals on every neck in LA instead of gold chains.

No event for sauna? That would put gold medals on every summer road crew in Texas.

What about Oregon? What are the characteristics that transfer to sports?

The first thing people ask about Oregon is the rain.

“Does it rain as much as we hear?” they whine.

Yes, it does, it’s wet, which explains our great swimmers. By now you’ve heard of Michael Phelps and his gold medals, Mark Spitz and his gold.

Before them came the great Don Schollander and his haul from the Tokyo Games of 1964. Four golds swam back to Lake Oswego. Not seven or eight, but four was a huge load for the times, the biggest since Jesse Owens’ take from the Nazi Olympics in 1936. Read the rest of this entry

Museum Collections Or Historical Hoarding

THE THIN ARCHIVAL LINE

A cultivated museum connoisseur sees a roomful of weapons in the Tower of London and marvels at the minor diversity of each piece.

A hoarder sees the same room and thinks of the screw collection in their kitchen drawer.

A philatelist breaks out tweezers and a magnifying glass to plumb the depths of her new stamp collection.

The hoarder hears the word stamps and goes off while they walk the canyons of Sunset Magazines stacked in their living room.

“Stamps are stupid,” they say. “Don’t they know it’s just a stamp, not some cultural insight? Sunset Magazine is about life. So is National Geographic and newspapers. If it’s stamps they want, they can have them.”

The difference between collecting and hoarding is often a question of public and private.

A collector takes pride showing their treasure, unless it’s Nazi loot or pot-hunter grave robbing; a hoarder lives in quiet shame once they reach the point of an intervention.

Unique collections get showcased on the Discovery Channel. Hoarders find themselves on Oprah or A&E. 

Writers gush about museum grade material in Smithsonian Magazine. Hoarders have their obsession pealed away in Psychology TodayRead the rest of this entry

Oregon Ladies Get Their Letter

HISTORY NEVER FORGETS

Oregon's Jordan Hasay

An athletic record book includes nearly every accomplishment in sports, unless you were an early female competitor.

Times have changed between Babe Didrikson Zaharias  and Mariel Zagunis

Althea Gibson set the table for the Williams sisters in professional tennis.  BeckySisley did the same for the ladies competing at the University of Oregon.

Now the Oregon Ducks welcome the pioneers of women’s athletics, more than 250 women from 13 sports.  Their historical contributions will be forever safeguarded.

Gender equality plays a bigger role in sports, and outside of sports.  The best way to celebrate accomplishments in the face of adversity is creating context. 

Oregon women didn’t have enough uniforms for everyone and had to share.  They couldn’t play on the same fields as the men.  They weren’t offered scholarships.

But they still played, and University of Oregon women, athletes or not, are all better because of them.