The Gardenburger was developed by Paul Wenner at his vegetarian restaurant, The Gardenhouse, in Gresham, Oregon in 1982.
BridgePort Brewery was founded in 1984 by local winemakers Richard and Nancy Ponzi, and the brewery claims in their trademark to be “Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery”.
The 1984 deliberate contamination of a salad bar in The Dalles, Oregon was the first and single largest bioterrorist attached in United States history.
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour first opened in Portland, Oregon before expanding to 130 locations nationwide. Farrell’s is best known for their Clown Sundaes and the World Famous Farrell’s Zoo, serving up to 10 people!
Portland-based band, Quarterflash released their self-titled debut album in 1981 which contained the hit single “Harden My Heart”. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1982.
John Elwood “Bud” Clark, Jr. became mayor of Portland in 1985. This eccentric leader is pehaps best known as the raincoat-wearing model for a posted titled, “Expose Yourself to Art” in which he appeared to expose himself to a nude female public statue in downtown Portland.
Bill “The Schonz” Schonely coined popular phrases during his radio career with the Blazers including “Rip City,” “Bingo Bango Bongo,” “Climb the golden ladder,” “Lickety brindle up the middle,” and “You’ve got to make your free throws.”
Madonna has traveled the world on 10 tours and starts her Rebel Heart Tour this August where she will feature songs from her new album and hits from back in the day including “Like a Virgin”, the title track from her 1984 album that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks.
The Organ Grinder was considered by many to be the “grand-daddy” of all theatre organ equipped pizza parlors in Portland in the early 1980’s.
After the discovery of AIDs in 1981, it was first suggested that the disease was sexually transmitted. After these findings, national condom promotion campaigns occurred throughout the US and condom sales skyrocketed. They were even being given out at schools!
Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18. The deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.
Nu Shooz scored two major pop/R&B/dance hits. "I Can't Wait" climbed to #2 on the R&B charts and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1986 and spent 15 weeks in the Top 40, and it also hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart earlier that year.
The White Stag sign, also known as the “Portland Oregon” sign, is a lighted neon-and-incandescent-bulb sign located atop the White Stag Building, at 70 NW Couch Street in downtown Portland. The sign was acquired by the City of Portland in September 2010 and the lettering was changed to read "Portland Oregon" in November 2010.
The Mission of Vital Life, a Marquis and Consonus Foundation is to support organizations that provide meaning and vitality in the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long term care. We partner with organizations that also support this mission. These charitable organizations include, but are not limited to, Alzheimer’s Association, Friends of the Children, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, and Wish of a Lifetime.