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Phil Stanford's new book is released

The Peyton-Allan Files arrived today, October 20, 2010. In addition to providing many of the photos, Thomas Robinson served as photo editor, and also did a lot of the copy editing.

See this book at and more about the story at

News article shows Historic Photo Archive photographs used by the Oregon Historical Society to promote their campaign.

Oregon History Museum exhibit honors reissue of retro license plate

Published by the Oregonian: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Buy a retro license plate and help out the Oregon Historical Society. That's the message curators hope to send home from a "License to Drive" exhibit at the society's Oregon History Museum.

The display, in honor of the reissue of Oregon's Pacific Wonderland license plates, features stories, photographs and original plates -- including the 1959 Pacific Wonderland plate created by then-student Barbara (Sutter) Markham, who won a contest to celebrate the state's centennial.

The reissued plates run $100 beyond regular fees, and half the proceeds go to the historical society. About 6,000 of the blue and yellow plates have been sold since they went on sale March 1.

"We're bringing in about $20,000 a month, which helps with our budget shortfall," said George Vogt, the society's executive director. "They're in a limited edition, so we expected about $200,000 in added revenue when it's all said and done."

The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, has brought in a range of visitors, including history buffs, school groups and vintage-car owners, Vogt said.

"There are a lot of license plate collectors out there who have dropped by," he said. The exhibit includes a list of the state's car owners to be issued plates and a display of rejected plate designs and colors.

Normal admission to the museum runs $5 to $11, but it's free next Saturday in celebration of Smithsonian magazine museum day. Download tickets at The Oregon History Museum is at 1200 S.W. Park Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

--Joe Fitzgibbon, Special to The Oregonian

CBS Television uses Historic Photo Archive images in film set for "Life Unexpected"


Britt Robertson plays a teen-ager who wishes her parents would grow up, in 'Life Unexpected.'

'Life Unexpected' debuts tonight -- set in Portland, but not filmed here

Published by The Oregonian, Monday, January 18, 2010

Britt Robertson plays a teen-ager who wishes her parents would grow up, in 'Life Unexpected.'
Want to see how people tuning into the CW will see Portland? Watch "Life Unexpected," a new drama -- with some lighter moments -- that premieres tonight at 9 p.m. The series follows a teenager, Lux (Britt Robertson), who has grown up in foster care and wants to become an emancipated minor. So she tracks down the birth parents who gave her up. The show is set in Portland.

Turns out they're a couple of overgrown kids themselves, one a morning radio disc jockey (Shiri Appleby, of "Roswell"), the other a feckless bar owner (Kristoffer Polaha). Will the immature duo -- who haven't seen each other since high school -- decide to take on responsibility for the child they gave away? Does it rain in Portland in January?

It's tough to tell how a show will develop based on its first episode, which is always laden with heavy-lifting exposition, introduction of characters, conflicts, yadda yadda. This one looks promising, though (especially next week's episode, which I saw on a preview screener). Portlanders will be amused by how the city is portrayed, especially since about all we see of the city are some establishing shots of the Willamette River, bridges, a MAX train, etc. The series is actually shot in Vancouver, B.C.

If you watch and have any comments or thoughts to share, c'mon back here Tuesday. I'm wondering how the show will play for us Portland home folks.

by Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian.