Eugene, OR. 55-year-old Jeff Wilson from Fairfield, CA., won the 64th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over defending champion Sean Knapp of Oakmont, PA. The August tournament was the fifth USGA championship hosted by Eugene Country Club. (The United States Golf Association (USGA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing body of golf in the United States and Mexico.) Wilson had some thoughts about his performance. “I just tried to get myself to settle down and not think ahead and just keep hitting shots, and I played a pretty good back nine. I was 4 under for the last eight holes or something like that.”
For Wilson, this was the culmination of a journey that began in the late 1970s with the U.S. Junior Amateur and progressed to four U.S. Open appearances, including 2000 at Pebble Beach, where he earned low-amateur honors. He is the only golfer in USGA history to earn medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur, and earlier this summer he was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open, joining two-time USGA champion Marvin “Vinny” Giles III as the only competitors to earn that distinction in a U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open.
Wilson played the equivalent of 4-under-par golf – with the usual match-play concessions – over the final eight holes to beat Knapp, who was vying to become the first repeat champion since William C. Campbell in 1979-1980.
“Anybody that’s played amateur golf at a high level has known Jeff Wilson. He’s a superstar,” said Sean Knapp. “You did not see a senior golfer out there. You saw one of the best amateur golfers in the country.”
Wilson had come close to winning USGA titles before, reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in consecutive years (2001-2002) and the quarterfinals of that championship on three other occasions. But when he turned 55 in June, he could compete in the U.S. Senior Amateur and he joined Knapp as players to have won the title in their first year of eligibility.
At 55 years, 2 months and 16 days, he is the third youngest to win the U.S. Senior Amateur behind Stan Lee and his brother, Louis Lee.
“I think Sean said it best [at the prize ceremony], it’s really hard to win one of these things,” said Wilson, the owner of a car dealership. “First you’ve got to get over yourself and then you have to beat the guy playing with you. And it’s difficult.
“I always thought I was good enough to be a USGA champion, but I never work put the work in. And that shows up when the matches are on the line. This year, I put the work in.”
Enjoying as much as a 30-yard advantage off the tee, Wilson took advantage of that power on the two second-nine par 5s at Eugene, nearly reaching both in two. He won the 13th to go 1 up and after winning the par-4 14th when Knapp three-putted, Wilson’s second shot from the right rough on the 522-yard 16th hole stopped 5 yards short of the green. With Knapp already inside 4 feet following a perfect wedge approach, Wilson eschewed his wedge and putted the ball from the fairway. It came up 9 feet short, but he managed to convert the birdie putt to maintain his 2-up lead.
On the 17th hole, both players hit their wedge approaches within 12 feet of the flagstick. When Knapp’s birdie attempt drifted past the hole, all Wilson had to do was cozy his birdie putt to within concession range, which he did to take the title.”
Runner-up Sean Knapp received a silver medal and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Senior Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur and next month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Before Thursday’s final, John Richardson had been the last medalist to win the U.S. Senior Amateur, doing so at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. His son,Kemp Richardson, later won titles in 2001 and 2003, making them the only father-son tandem to win a USGA championship.
Knapp is the fifth player in U.S. Senior Amateur history to win a U.S. Senior Amateur title and lose in the championship match the following year. The other four are J. Clark Espie (1956-1957), Lewis Oehmig (1976-1977), Ed Updegraff (1981-1982) and Mark Bemowski (2004-2005)
Jeff Wilson’s 84-year-old father, Jack, took a break from a fly-fishing trip on the nearby McKenzie River in Oregon to watch his son play the final match.
Wilson’s caddie this week was childhood friend Bobby Periera. In a bit of irony, Pereira was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers cap, which happens to be the team Knapp roots for. Knapp resides in the Pittsburgh suburbs.
Lake Oswego, OR. It has been a year and a half since “365 by Whole Foods Market” opened in Lake Oswego and locals keep streaming in. The store, located at 11 S State Street, is a pared down version of a Whole Foods market with roughly a quarter of the inventory. It’s also self-serve without a full service deli, meat department or bakery. Still, lots of shoppers like the concept and the lower prices. It was the second such store opened by Whole Foods in the U.S.
Produce is fresh and reasonably priced.
Meat and fish are pre-packaged and displayed like you might see at Costco.
The Namesake “Whole Foods” generic “365” brand can be found throughout the new store.
Shoppers select prepackaged soups and salads out of refrigerated cases.
Shelves are filled with items, but many rows are filled with duplicates.
Items like zucchini noodles are popular.
There’s a self service hot buffet with items to go and a salad bar as well.
There’s a “Next Level Burger” and Canteen inside the store.
Many are enthusiastic about the lower prices with three bags of groceries ringing up to under $90.00.
The store is located in the former Albertsons at 11 S State St, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. It’s open from 8:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week. Phone 503.782.4672
When it first opened, the President of 365 by Whole Foods Market, Jeff Turnas, explained,“The name celebrates our belief that fresh healthy foods can be readily available to more people in an affordable way every day…365 days a year. It also tips our hat to our popular 365 Everyday Value brand, which our shoppers seek out for quality, transparency and great value — the same attributes to come with our smaller-store format.
The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store opened in May 25, 2016, in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then came Lake Oswego on July 14th. Bellevue, Washington is scheduled to open in 2016. An additional 10 stores are expected to open in 2017.
Here’s a list of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores in development:
Portland, OR. Oregon Film turns 50 this year. The office was founded in 1968 by Governor Tom McCall as a way to meet the needs of the Hollywood crew filming Paint Your Wagonwhich was shooting in Baker County. Hundreds of projects have been filmed in Oregon over the past 50 years including Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s 2014 biographical adventure staring Reese Witherspoon.
TNT’s Leverage Season 4 filmed on Mount Hood.
Forest Park was one location for NBC Universal’s GRIMM where David Giuntoli, who played Nick Burckhardt, and Russell Hornsby, who played Hank Green, worked a crime scene. (Photo credit, Scott Green)
In the 50th anniversary year, the newly minted #OregonMade “umbrella” initiative strives to raise awareness, pride and creative connections between production of all types, as well as businesses, crew, the education sector, events and related services. #OregonMade promotes all sizes ofprojects, even those that do not necessarily qualify for financial incentive programs.
As part of the initiative, Oregon Film created the non-profit, Oregon Made Creative Foundation. This unique project, done in partnership with the Charitable Partnership Fund to create a stand-alone (501[c]), offers several limited edition #OregonMade products for sale.All of the net proceeds will be used for grants for low or micro-budget creative content, initiated or made by Oregonians.
Oregon’s collective production industries now generate more than $200M in tracked economic activity per year. That’s more than 20x the tracked spending for this industry in Oregon in 2005.
According an economic impact study by PSU’s Northwest Economic Research Center this industry now provides Oregon with more than 3000 jobs and $150M in annual payroll.
The crew working on the TV show Grimm, which wrapped in 2017 after six seasons, took time to record testimonials about working in the local film industry.
Here’s a video created in 2009 for the Oregon Film Office to help bring major motion picture and television series productions to the state.
Oregon Film is tasked with the following:
Market Oregon as a filming location
Recruit out-of-state productions
Liaise with producers & production groups
Help build the indigenous film, video, and multimedia industry
Sponsor industry & community events
Work with partners to build the creative community
Advise other entities on creating filming regulations
Strengthen relationships with local communities
Provide consumer protection information
Serve as a spokesperson for the industry
About Oregon Film:
Oregon Film is a semi-independent, state agency with a mission to promote, support and advance the film, video, interactive, animation and creative content industries within the state, by fostering and creating connections between production, businesses and the public, and strengthening this industry’s profile and reputation locally, nationally and internationally. It operates with a staff of four people who work to promote and strengthen the statewide industry, it answers to a board, which is overseen by Governor Kate Brown. The Board of Directors includes: Juliana Lukasik (Chair), Jason A. Atkinson, Angela Jackson, Paul Loving and Steve Oster. Oregon Film acts as the official voice of the production industry in Oregon.
We aim to try and create space for connections between the creative and business communities in Oregon – that’s where all of the exciting #OregonMade work lies! This means we support and attend more than a hundred industry and community events in any given year; festivals, screenings, film shadow programs, educational outreach and business relationships/partners. We regularly work with state agencies such as; Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Arts Commission and Business Oregon; statewide non-profits like the OMPA, The Hollywood Theatre and The Historic Theaters Initiative; and educational programs at institutions such as PSU, SOU, PCC, CCC, U of O and even high schools across the state. (Take a look at some highlights of a High School Job Shadow program we did last summer.)
Did you know that last year we tracked more than 40 film-related festivals in Oregon? We were lucky enough to attend more than half of these (with a goal to reach them all!). All told, we traveled nearly 10,000 miles last year alone in order to make creative connections in Lakeview, Ashland, Burns, Pendleton, Estacada, Bend, Klamath Falls, Eugene and La Grande – all celebrating #OregonMade projects and locations.
Most recently, we we able to partner with Portland City Parks, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park, Comcast/NBC, City of Portland, Gov. Brown and Comm. Nick Fish to plant a grove of trees in Pier Park ,North Portland, to commemorate six years of the NBC series “Grimm” calling Portland it’s photogenic home.
Portland, OR. The country’s first nonprofit brew house will be serving up some craft beer during the Super Bowl. Since 2013, Oregon Public House, at 700 NE Dekum St., has raised over $161,000 for local nonprofits by selling beer and pub food. When customers purchase their food and/or beverage they decide which charity will benefit. Some select Aletruism beer made by Andy Furgeson. He describes the brew as, “The Red Yarn NW Style. Red Ale is woody, spicy, piney and citrusy.”
Volunteers from the nonprofits that benefit, like Wayfinding Academy, wait tables.
With over 2,000 square feet in a 100+ year old building, the Oregon Public House is an open family-friendly space.
Here’s a video explaining the Oregon Public House slogan “Have a Pint – Change the World!”
Here’s a list of the current charity partners:
Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) recruits, trains, and manages local disaster response volunteers. Teams are made up of residents trained by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. Members receive basic training in saving lives and helping their neighbors in an emergency. NET is committed to creating a team in each of the city’s 95 neighborhoods.
Welcome Home Coalition
The Welcome Home Coalition envisions a future where everyone has a safe, stable, affordable home. WHC is made up of a diverse group of organizations, businesses and community members in the Portland metropolitan region. Through coalition building, policy research and strategy, leadership development, and grassroots organizing, they work to address the ever-growing housing crisis and find funding for affordable housing.
Self Enhancement Inc.
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is dedicated to guiding underserved youth and families to realize their full potential through providing learning opportunities in the areas of academics, health and wellness, and performing arts. SEI works with schools, families, and community organizations to provide guidance for how to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to young individuals and enhances the quality of community life.
Joy of Living Assistance Dogs
The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD) is dedicated to the raising and training of service dogs. Their mission is to provide skilled, devoted companions to support and assist people living with disabilities, including veterans with PTSD. Through the placement of professionally trained service dogs, JLAD works to create cohesive teams focused on building lives of greater freedom and independence.
Remodeling For Independence Together (ReFIT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people struggling with illness, injury, disability or the aging process to live independent lives at home. By providing essential modification services such as access ramps, bathroom modifications, widening doorways and installing grab bars, they help homeowners who want to stay in their homes but lack the resources to make necessary changes.
ReClaim It! is a nonprofit arts and reuse retail store that salvages materials from the “dump” (Metro Transfer Station) for artists, neighbors, and DIYers to reuse, repair, and reimagine. Since its founding in 2014, ReClaim It! volunteers have gleaned more than 300,000 pounds of reusable materials. Their vision is to reduce the number of items that end their journey at the landfill.
Oregon Public House has an OPEN APPLICATION period twice a year. Follow the organization on Facebook for updates on the next open application season. You’ll also see food and drink specials.
The Oregon Public house has been featured on over a dozen broadcast programs, including The Colbert Report.
And it was featured in the New York Times.
Oregon Public House President, Ryan Saari says, “Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes by creating a family-friendly pub environment for our neighbors.”
The Oregon Public House is a place where people can learn more about non-profit organizations and discover practical ways they can become involved.
From Oregon Public House:
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Portland, OR. Project Runway designer, Seth Aaron, made news at Portland’s FashioNXT show with what’s described as, “The world’s first 3D printed designer shoe collection.” (FashioNXT supports the nonprofits Girls Inc. and Oregon Active.)
Seth Aaron’s spring/summer 2018 runway collection is Asian inspired. His 3D printed platform shoe line takes its inspiration from the traditional Japanese block sandal, with a contemporary interpretation made possible by the fusion of fashion and technology.
Seth Aaron is working with Feetz, a technology company in San Diego, that designs custom-fit, sustainably-made footwear. Feetz is the first company to use sustainable 3D printing and mobile technology to create completely customized shoes.
Seth Aaron said of his shoes made with a 3D printer, “There are three things that make this collaboration special. First, whatever I can design, they can create. We go from concept to the runway in less than 8 weeks, while fashion design traditionally leads the market by 12 to 18 months.
“Second, they are sustainable. As the father of two children, I care about the world we leave them. The shoes are made from recycled and recyclable products. At the end of their life, we don’t toss them into a landfill, we make them into new shoes.
“Third, we are bringing fashion manufacturing home. These designs and the customers who buy them will create high paying jobs in America.”
FashioNXT founder and CEO, Tito Chowdhury said, “So much of what has been done in 3d printed fashion is like art, to be appreciated, but not lived. This innovative collaboration redefines the relationship between technology and fashion. People will wear the shoes, not because of the technology, but because they are fashionable.” For more information on buying the shoes, Visit www.Feetz.com.
There were dozens of runway shows over the four days including a finale for UpNXT emerging designers accelerator.
The 2017 UpNXT winner was Minnie Opal by Sundari Devi.
2017 UpNXT Winner Minnie Opal by Sundari Devi
2017 UpNXT Winner Minnie Opal by Sundari Devi
Seth Aaron: Seth Aaron is the 2010 winner of Lifetime’s Emmy-winning fashion design show Project Runway and 2014 winner of Project Runway All-Stars. Seth has provided fashion commentary for Lifetime, Marie Claire, E!, and Style. Seth launching his Spring/Sunnier 2018 Collection at FashioNXT Oct.13th, including the Seth Aaron Collection of 3D printed shoes by Feetz.
Feetz: Feetz is a technology company based out of San Diego that designs custom-fit, sustainably made, 3D printed shoes. With 300+ color and customization options, Feetz is the first company to use advanced technology to create wearable 3D printed shoes, completely customized to be the perfect fit for any individual. Feetz shoes are manufactured locally and sustainably, as the company uses only recycled and recyclable materials, zero water and less waste. Available in a variety of styles for women and men, Feetz can be purchased directly on their website.
FashioNXT: FashioNXT presents fashion forward lifestyle on the runway and the lifestyle plaza. FashioNXT showcases the exquisite upcoming season collections of local, national and international designers and the creative edge in lifestyle technology and brands. FashioNXT Portland is a sustainable production through the support of Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). FashioNXT Portland receives verified/certified Renewable Energy Certificates ensuring that only green energy was used in association with this event and Water Restoration Certificates replacing water used with potable water. For more information about the runway shows and tickets see: http://www.fashionxt.com or call CEO Tito Chowdhury at (503) 756-1412.
Portland, OR. The Oregon filmmaking company, Uncage the Soul, collaborated with organizations like the Oregon Historical Society, Portland City Archives, Tedx Portland and others to travel back in time and show viewers what Portland looked like then and now. It’s a project called “Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey” The remarkable video continues to draw praise from locals and visitors. For the project “Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Uncaged the Soul brought cameras to the same position and angles of favorite Portland historic images. Here’s the result of all of their hard work:
The Skidmore Fountain then and now.
Here are some observations from the Uncaged the Soul team:
We’ve seen books and blogs using the “Then and Now” treatment to show side by side the historic and present via photos. But in our curiosity and research, we could not find many or any examples of this comparison being done with motion video. Thinking about it more, we got excited to use timelapse and slow motion to bend and warp present time while exploring past time. The idea was sparked. The project started. Research into what old photos existed began.
Sifting and searching through thousands of archived images was incredibly fun and daunting. Just the act of looking through stacks and folders of old photos became a meandering tutor of Portland history. Afternoons in the Oregon Historical Society library downtown became a weekly field trip we looked forward to. Wearing white gloves, we are allowed to explore and look through their incredible archives. We’ve come to love the process of being given a folder of loose images, walking it to the table to open, and then discovering new pieces of our city’s history photo by photo. It was common to realize we’d be holding our breath in anticipation while going through the folder. Our partner in this project, The Oregonian, sent a hard drive of 1500 hi-res images the photo editor had painstakingly culled and pulled from their historic library of images. Finally, a few trips to the Portland City Archives rounded out our research bringing new photos we had not seen in either of the other collections. In all, we literally saw and sorted through over over 5000 black and white photos in the process, and… there are thousands and thousands more we didn’t have the time to see. We would love to spend an afternoon every week for an entire year just looking through these archives.
We thought finding the photos would be the hard part- wow, we were wrong. This project has had many challenges, but probably the biggest has been each of us on our team being willing to let go of our individual favorite images that didn’t make the final cut. Choosing the 50 or so final shots out of 5000 options has led to quite a few heated debates and conversations in our office the last few months. Each of us has found connection and attachment to a specific few of these frozen slivers of time. I wonder what the photographer or subject of the photograph would think if they knew that particular moment they were living while the image was being shot would be argued and debated about in a SE video office over a hundred years later.
We were excited to use timelapse, slow motion and aerial shots to newly record the same view of the historic images. Before heading out to shoot, we would plan if it would be a timelapse (time sped up) or slow motion (time sped down) or regular speed; usually those plans were changed when actually standing in the place and feeling the moment. Some locations worked out perfectly- it made sense where and why the old photographer stood and the angle used. Nothing had moved- the sidewalk, street and buildings were amazingly the same. Other spots were a giant puzzle and challenge of change. Trees have grown to obscure old viewpoints. Old bridges that were fantastic photo spots have moved when replaced with modern design. Rooftops dramatically shift in height when a new building stands in place of the old. What was once a sidewalk is now a MAX lane. Many shots we were excited to use were simply impossible for us to capture in the modern condition. The hunt for the shot was incredibly rewarding when successful; each image gave a giddy feeling as if on a scavenger hunt of time. At each location, passerbyers became excited with us when they held the printed old image and saw the modern scene in front of them.
We knew this piece needed a soul, some heart, but not via the traditional history timeline narrative. But what is the story, the words? For inspiration, guidance and insight- we interviewed multiple 90+ Portlanders and spent an evening with each asking all the questions we could about their lives and opinions on a big list of life issues. Our favorite of these amazing people is Katherine Livingston. Her eyes are bright, her wits are sharp, she was born in Portland, her grandfather was involved in commissioning the Skidmore Fountain, she recently held the world record for fastest 2000 meters on a stationary rowing machine for the 95-100 yr old bracket, and this weekend she turns 100 years old. The length of that last sentence should be an indicator of how impactful she was to us. We were honored to sit down and listen to her share her story and insights of living for 100 years. These sentiments became the words that guide the piece. We also experimented with replicating a photo essay we saw of older seniors seeing their young selves in a mirror into a video shot.
One other idea we experimented with is colorizing the black and white historic images. We live in a world of color and our media is retina-sharp color images. Black and white in a photo immediately puts us in the mindset of history. We wondered if we put that black and white history in a color context- could we get past that subconscious barrier of black and white equalling historic. We’ll see how viewers react, but seeing the colorized images has been one of the biggest surprises for us while working on this dynamic project.
We worked with Portland visual effects artist Chloie Medieros to create the animated transitions between the modern footage and the archival photographs. It was also an encore collaboration with Portland musician and composer, Peter Bosack, who produced the original score.
This project has been a pure joy. We hope we’ve made something special for Portlanders to celebrate our past and consider their own place in the city’s present. In a hundred years, will our moments and lives be cheered as instigators of good change? What will we do with our era of time in the Portland’s history?
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