Pardon this shameless self-promotion having nothing to do with architecture, but I know a lot of architects in this city attended the University of Oregon, so wanted to extend an invitation to everyone - or at least those who are Ducks football fans - to my reading and signing at Powells Books tonight (1005 West Burnside) at 7:30pm.
The book is called Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline, a short history of the team from its beginnings in 1894 to present. There are new interviews with legendary Ducks gridiron greats such as Dan Fouts, Ahmad Rashad, Mel Renfro, Rich Brooks, Kellen Clemens, Akili Smith, Kenny Wheaton and many more.
You may be wondering: Why is a guy who writes about architecture, art and movies doing a book about college football? Because I've been a rabid Oregon Ducks fan since attending my first game with my dad in the fall of 1980. I've lost my voice screaming for the Ducks on numerous occasions, and even got misty eyed after a few key victories. If you've seen the movie Citizen Kane (and I really pity you if you haven't), think of the Ducks as my "Rosebud".
Incidentally, has anyone ever noticed the natural divide in Portland between Duck fan/alums among architects and Beaver fan/dropouts among the contractors? The culture of building today, particularly with sustainability, is such that designers and builders are more regularly collaborating early and often. Hopefully the contractors will still have a good attitude come December 1 when Oregon clobbers Oregon State. (Nevermind that the Beavers won last time, of course, with some major luck.)
Meanwhile, back to architecture-oriented posts next time around.