NOPE, CHUCK TESTA: On Saturday, Oct. 1, people who are important on the Internet met in real life in Portland for ROFLCon Summit (a spinoff of the larger ROFLCon event that takes place in Massachusetts every two years) to discuss the current state and future of the interwebs. Serious topics like net neutrality, online anonymity and archiving Internet history were discussed alongside Star Wars kid, My Little Pony and the ongoing debate over Forever Alone versus Courage Wolf. Props to host Wieden + Kennedy for decorating its office in memes for the event, including a mounted Scumbag Steve hat, âNever Gonna Give You Upâ on repeat in the bathrooms, a wall-sized nyan cat, and, of course, a series of tubes. Read more about it here.
AND THE WINNER IS...: WW has selected its 2011 Skidmore Prize winners. The prize is a $4,000 award given annually to four people 35 or younger who do great work at Portland-area nonprofit organizations. This yearâs winners are Stephen Marc Beaudoin, executive director of PHAME Academy; Jenn Cohen, artistic/executive director and founder of the Circus Project; Ian Mouser, executive director of My Voice Music; and Temmecha Turner, professional mentor at Friends of the Children. You can read more about these folks in our annual Give!Guide in the Nov. 9 edition of Willamette Week.
HEIGERSONIMAGE: Brian Lee @ White TeethRIP: Scoop was deeply saddened to hear that Teisha Helgerson, frontwoman for Portlandâs Amelia, passed away last Thursday at 42 after a long fight with cancer. See wweek.com for thoughts from friends, family and contemporaries (as well as a 2008 podcast Amelia recorded for WW). A memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Peace Lutheran Church (2201 N Rosa Parks Way), with a potluck afterward. Helgerson, and her lovely voice, will be sorely missed.