Wayne Thompson, now retired, is a free-lance writer and formerly an award-winning editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. In his thirty-seven years at The Oregonian, twenty-two of which he served as a member of the newspaper's editorial board, Thompson was political editor, sports editor, science writer, and author of a nationally syndicated column on electronics. He also edited a jazz magazine for eighteen years and was Oregon's correspondent for Time Magazine (1973-80). He is the author of the book, BlazerMania: This Is Our Story, published in 2010. Thompson lives in Portland with his wife, M'Lou, and four Belgian Tervuran sheepdogs.
Neil Goldschmidt (1940-)
Neil Edward Goldschmidt, the thirty-third governor of Oregon (1986-1991), U.S. secretary of transportation under President Jimmy Carter (1979-1981), and the forty-first mayor of Portland (1973-1979), is one of the most influential, yet controversial figures in Oregon's political history. As the youngest mayor of a major American city in 1973, Goldschmidt …