Portland In The 1960s

This new book by Polina Olsen is pretty self-descriptive; it’s about Portland (Oregon, not Maine) in the 1960s. I grew up in Portland, and my memories of that decade are fairly sharp, since I was drinking my Kool-aid without acid in it, but they are mostly of stuff like Saturday morning cartoons and those weird old exhibits at OMSI (Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry) rather than the student protests and psychedelic concerts that this book covers (I knew many of the prominent figures in the book, like Psychedelic Supermarket proprietor Emery Ingham, the artist Henk Pander, Outsider-In founder Dr. Charles Spray, and Storefront Theater co-founders Tom Hill and Anne Gerety, because their kids went to the same school I did, the Metropolitan Learning Center; Portland’s counterculture was a pretty small scene compared to Haight-Ashbury or the East Village).

David Chelsea is reading:
More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time
by Nick Hornby

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Juvenilia: David Chelsea Saves the Whales

Flyer for The Whale Show, 1976
Flyer for The Whale Show, 1976

I define juvenilia as anything I drew before moving to New York City in 1977; this flyer dates from the year before that (it’s signed `David Celsi’- my professional alias was still several years in the future). It advertises a play whose subtle message was “SAVE THE WHALES!”, presented at Mountain Moving Cafe, a radical feminist watering hole located at what was then Southeast 39th Avenue (now César E. Chávez Blvd) and Stark Street in Portland. The location is now an office of Volunteers Of America.

David Chelsea is reading:
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers
by Stefan Fatsis

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