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ASTORIA KICKER

Or Why Astoria Matters So Much

Through a lens of cinema style digressions, the story of John Jacob Astor played across a super-sized world map on a Portland church stage.

Colored sticky notes marked the way.

It wasn’t high-tech, or low-tech.  It was visually engaging correct-tech, something you don’t often see.

A story as grand as Astor’s doesn’t need much help.  Most presenters fail when they won’t exit the frame. 

How often do you hear a narrative where the medium outshines the message; where you get a ‘why did they do that’ moment, instead of the ‘ah ha’ moment you expected?

Like a blackjack dealer on a high-end table, historian Rex Ziak flipped a paper trail of the Astor lineage from Waldorf, Germany, to New York City, to Oregon.  In turquoise, fuchsia, and blue squares, Mr. Ziak tracked the routes of the richest man in America across the stretched map.

John Jacob Astoria was in the house. Read the rest of this entry

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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.