Archive for December 5th, 2013

LOCAL TOP SALESMAN DIES AT 81

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              Bill Porter (September 9, 1932- December 4, 2013)

Born with cerebral palsy in San Francisco, CA, Porter moved to Portland. OR.
with his mother at a young age. Unable to gain employment due to his disability,
Porter never gave up and eventually convinced Watkins Incorporated, makers
of baking products and other household items, to give him a door-to-door sales
job. He sold Watkins products within a seven-mile route in the Portland area and
soon became a top salesman for the company.

Bill Porter’s successful determination brought him media attention across the U.S
when The Oregonian newspaper in 1995 ran a feature story about him. In 2002
a made-for-TV movie starring William H. Macy called Door to Door aired on TNT.

A long time friend, Shelly Brady, said “it wasn’t the disease that he fought that
killed him, it was a regular infection.

             

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY ~

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Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) is 81 today

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PLANES LOST ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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Artist’s depiction of the five lost TBM Torpedo Bombers

The so-called "Lost Squadron", Flight 19, departed at about 2:10 P.M. from the U.S.  Naval Air Station, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They were on an authorized overwater navigational training flight. A radio message intercepted at about 4 P.M. that
afternoon was the first indication that Flight 19 was lost. They were never heard
from again. A PBM patrol plan was launched at approximately 7:30 P.M to search
for the missing squadron, but this aircraft was never seen nor heard from after it
took-off. Flight 19 remains one of the great aviation mysteries of the Bermuda
Triangle.

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The Martin PBM Mariner seaplane

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Flight 19’s scheduled navigation exercise

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NUMBER-ONE ON THIS DAY IN 1964

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Lorne Green become the second Canadian solo artist (after Paul Anka)
to have a number one hit on the Billboard singles chart when his spoken
word recording about a Western gun fighter named Ringo reached the
top. The star of NBC-TV’s hit show Bonanza recorded seven albums
for RCA.

"Ringo” also peaked at #1 on the "Easy Listening" chart and stayed at
the top for six weeks. The single also went to number twenty-one on
Hot Country Singles chart.

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