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November 10th, 2004 12:00 am Chris Lydgate | Cover Story


From Tonya Harding to Dutch Savage to Ma Anand Sheela, we tracked down 30 of Portland's wackiest, weirdest, smartest, dumbest, sexiest, scariest and otherwise most notable characters of the past 30 years.

Stars. Rogues. Victims. Heroes. Some burst into the headlines like meteors streaking across the sky. Some come into focus slowly, like old Polaroid prints.

However they arrive on the scene, most newsmakers vanish into obscurity after their 15 minutes of fame. Distracted by fresh scandals, new crises, we forget about them. Maybe this is a symptom of our shrinking national attention span. Maybe it's just a psychological defense mechanism, a natural response to a grinding cacophony of soundbites.

This week kicks off WW's 30th anniversary. To celebrate, we've prepared a yearlong series of events, including celebrations, charitable efforts and several special editions.

In this issue, we decided to circle back to some of the characters who have made this city a more interesting place. In some cases, we sought a deeper understanding of the events that propelled them into the headlines. In others, we simply tried to pick up the story where we left off and follow it through to the present.

Some folks were happy to talk to us--pleased that we still remembered their moment in the sun. Some were hesitant, loath to replay unpleasant memories. And some...well, let's just say they were about as friendly as a wet grizzly.

Life doesn't stop after the camera crews walk away. There are questions to answer. Debts to settle. Bills to pay. What surprised us is that sometimes, what people do after the media hurricane is more interesting than what they did before.

Chris Lydgate

Special Projects Editor


Intro | Tonya's Mob: Tonya Harding, Jeff Gillooly & Shawn Eckardt | The Crusader: Gordon Shadburne | The Meteor: Billy Ray Bates | Satan's Pilgrim: Rex Diabolos Church | The Firebrand: Ron Herndon | The Bad Boy: Frank Peters | The Broken Halo: Michael Stoops | The Crack Mother: Anita Nichols | The Veejay: Kennedy | The Girl from Electra: Treva Throneberry | The Perfect Victim: Azalea Cooley | The Grappler: Dutch Savage | Wonder Boy: Pat Gillis | The Ex-Files: Marcia & Steve Moskowitz | The Witness: Dave Mazzella | The Prankster: Igor Vamos | The Intern: Monica Lewinsky | The Runaways: Diane Walden & Peter | Top Cop: Mark Kroeker | Sprawl Kitten: Kate Schiele | Authority Figure: Rocky Balada | The Hulk: Dry Dock 4 | The Candidate: Gail Shibley | The Super: Ben Canada | The Organ Grinder: Dr. William J. Brady | Pillars of the Community: The Lovejoy Columns | The Survivor: Giles Thompson | The Contender: Andy Minsker | Space Invader: The Phantom Dialer | The Red Menace: Ma Anand Sheela

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