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All fans feel a symbolic ownership of their team. In Portland, this tribal pride has manifested itself in touching and bizarre displays: gathering in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor the arr   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Paul Allen's Busy Week

Paul Allen

Sometimes it feels that we ought to have a reporter covering Paul Allen full time. The 48th richest person in the world is a very busy fellow. Here is what the second richest Oregonian has been up to (Nike's Phil Knight just edges him out, according to Forbes, and Allen owns a home in Portland and also the Trail Blazers, but technically, he is from Seattle):*On March 21, Allen announced a $300 million ...   More
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Mark Zusman

Paul Allen's Next Idea: Space Goose or The Final Frontier?


It's premature to say how Paul Allen will go down in history, but it's safe to conclude that, at this point, he's doing a pretty good job of keeping up with his fellow flashy billionaires. His latest pursuit is earning him a lot of attention--and a few skeptics.For the last several decades, the formula for men who have too much money is to spend it on sports teams (Allen has the Trail Blazers, the ...   More
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cho Fired; Allen Jams


Earlier this afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers announced the firing of General Manager Rich Cho after less than a year on the job. Was Cho's firing sudden? Not if owner Paul Allen's whereabouts are any indication.  Allen is in France at the Cannes Film Festival and was spotted recently aboard his boat, the Octopus, hosting a Brazilian-themed party and schmoozing guests Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster ...   More
Monday, May 23, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Paul Allen's Memoir Reveals Bill Gates


Vanity Fair Magazine is out with an excerpt of Paul Allen's memoir and it promises to be a best-seller, perhaps less because of what it reveals about the author than what Allen has to say about Bill Gates. The book, with the rather blustery title Idea Man, isn't due out for another month, but the VF excerpt talks about Microsoft's birth, the obsessively driven and occasionally manipulative Gates, and ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Paul Allen's Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

Octopus Paul Allen Yacht

 Among the many toys owned by Paul Allen, the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, is the Octopus, a 414-foot yacht that is the 11th largest in the world and is often on the seas without the Microsoft co-founder.  This morning, the boat was off the shore of Argentina when one of the two helicopters aboard made an emergency landing, injuring one of the pilots. The boat was reportedly heading ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Idle Speculation: New Team For The Rose Garden?

[youtube zGi8T8GMCVs] Here's one from the Idle Speculation desk: Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has expressed some interest before in bringing a National Hockey League team here. And this news about the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes' bankruptcy and search for a new home certainly makes one wonder given the Rose Garden's need to fill dates whether Allen might find a way to throw his wallet into the ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 HANK STERN

Online Petition Arises To Save Kevin Pritchard's Job (UPDATED with Paul Allen statement)

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE: Blazers owner Paul Allen has just released this statement about the departure of vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn and what all that means for general manager Kevin Pritchard (My insta-translation of what Allen says below is there's not exactly a long-term vote of confidence in there for Pritchard) The Trail Blazers made a change in the vice president of ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Paul Allen Buys a Home on the Coast (not Oregon)

Ever since the end of 2009, when the Portland Trail Blazers announced that owner Paul Allen had been diagnosed with lymphoma, reporters have been tip-toeing around the issue of the 57-year-old billionaire's mortality. The diagnosis has spawned constant rumors — one of which was that this diagnosis was a death sentence for Allen, who beat Hodgkin's disease more than two decades ago; the ...   More
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN


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