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Sandy’s camera shop at Lloyd Center with then Portland mayor
Mildred Schwab standing out front (second from right).


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Local owners signed on KLOR-TV, Channel 12, from Portland, Ore., in 1955 as an ABC affiliate with a secondary DuMont affiliation. The following year, KGW-TV, Channel 8, signed on the air and took the ABC affiliation from KLOR-TV. The DuMont...

Local owners signed on KLOR-TV, Channel 12, from Portland, Ore.,
in 1955 as an ABC affiliate with a secondary DuMont affiliation. On
the following year, KGW-TV, Channel 8, signed on the air and took
the ABC affiliation from KLOR-TV. The DuMont Television Network
went out of business, leaving KLOR without a network affiliation. 

George Haggerty purchased KLOR-TV in 1957, along with rival
KPTV.  KPTV launched in 1952 as the state’s first TV station.  It
was an NBC affiliate and the nation’s first commercial UHF TV
station, broadcasting on Channel 27.



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FORMER NBA STAR IS DEAD AT 53 1991-92 Fleer #172 Cliff Robinson Blazers NBA Basketball: Collectibles & Fine Art

Cliff Robinson Dead: NBA All-Star and 'Survivor' Contestant Was 53 - Variety
Clifford Ralph Robinson (December 16, 1966 – August 29, 2020)



Clifford Robinson, a former NBA All-Star and the 1993 Sixth Man of the
Year Award winner, has died.

The cause of Robinson’s death wasn’t immediately known. He had
suffered a stroke in March 2017 and had a tumor removed from his
jaw in March 2018.

Robinson played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association
(NBA). Selected in the second round of the
1989 NBA draft, he played
the first eight seasons of his career with the
Portland Trail Blazers,
followed by stints with the
Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden
State Warriors
, and New Jersey Nets.


Cliff Robinson may be gone, but he left the world a lot of fond memories

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BOB STEELE 1930's and 40's Cowboy movie star. I remember those ...

Bob Steele - Autographed Inscribed Photograph | HistoryForSale ...
Bob Steele (Robert Adrian Bradbury)
(January 23, 1907 – December 21, 1988)


Steele was born in Portland, Oregon, into a vaudeville family
Robert North Bradbury and the former Nieta Quinn. He had
a twin brother, Bill, also an actor. After years of touring, the
family settled in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Billy the Kid's Gun Justice by Bob Steele: Movies & TV



Vintage western belt buckle.


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During the influenza epidemic of 1918, Portland converted one of its newest
and largest buildings, the Portland Auditorium, into a temporary hospital.

Make-shift hospitals were set up in Portland, and other cities.  Here volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend influenza sufferers in the Oakland Auditorium, in California.

The Spanish influenza pandemic became one of the deadliest events
in history. Although the Spanish flu struck Portland, Oregon more
than a century ago, how Portlanders reacted then has an uncanny parallel to what we’re experiencing now with the Coronavirus. The
first confirmed case in Portland was a soldier, a private on his way
to Texas for training.

Just a week after Portland’s first Spanish flu diagnosis, the Oregon
State Board of Health ordered all public gathering places to shut
down statewide. Parades were canceled. Church services were
suspended. Restaurants sat empty. Dance halls silent. And
suddenly, 36,000 Portland students had nowhere to go. 

In addition to the closures, stores and businesses limited hours. Portland’s famous department store, Meier & Frank, asked
customers not to come into their store but rather to make delivery orders.

Officials urged Portland residents to wash their hands and keep
at least 4 feet apart — the prototype of “social distancing.”

Salem History: How the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic compares to COVID-19
The Oregon Statesman.

Seattle police officers wear masks during the influenza epidemic made by the local chapter of the American Red Cross in this National Archives photo dated December 1918.


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