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Portland’s Vanport Flood happened May 30th, Sixty-Nine Years Ago

The Vanport Flood of May 30, 1948, was the most grave natural disaster that Portland has ever faced.  The Columbia River broke through a railroad embankment and inundated Vanport, which was the second largest city in Oregon at the time. The flood left approximately 18,000 … Continue reading

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Ron Menconi, Former VP for Merchandising at G.I. Joe’s, Spells out How to Succeed In Retail Today

  Check out Ron Menconi’s article in the May/June 2017 Sports Insight Magazine issue.  It is titled, “How Stores Can Thrive in a Tough Retail Environment.” I enjoyed the insightful article, especially when he was bringing up ideas that G.I. Joe’s executed … Continue reading

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Corky’s Farewell Memorial May 22, 2016

David (Corky) Orkney zoomed off to the great beyond (can’t you just imagine him driving his blue Carrera Porsche) in sync with his Celebration of Life Service just a year ago today.  That is because the celebration took place in a large white tent, just like a … Continue reading

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The Mystery Store Identified as Hayden Meadows/Delta Park!

Thanks to John, Mike Fitzhugh, Ed Darnell, and Carl Leach for identifying the location of the mystery store as Hayden Meadows in Delta Park in North Portland.  The clincher was decipering the Sleep Train store sign located to the left of G.I. Joe’s, … Continue reading

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Dad’s First Newspaper Ad for G.I. Joe’s

Dad ran this small advertisement for G.I. surplus sleeping bags in The Oregonian classifieds in the early 1950s.

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Where was this store located?

Photo was taken in 1998.  Here is a possible clue of the location from a close-up of the SUV’s license plate.

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Can You Identify the Store Pictured in the Banner?

Here is the photo before it was cropped to fit the banner space. Answer:  It is the Oak Grove Store on McLaughlin Blvd.  It was built in 1972.

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