Archive for October 2014

Who Was Carter the Great?

You may have heard that the formerly named See Food Bar at Hotel Oregon now goes by a grand new moniker – Carter the Great Bar, an allusion to the huge, beautiful poster that hangs just outside the bar in the Paragon Room.

What’s the story there? It is one of tricks and mystery, smoke and mirrors, illusion and disillusion…. Because Carter the Great was a world-renown magician.

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The Palmer Triplets

During the late 1920s to mid-1930s, three national celebrities walked the halls of Kennedy School alongside their fellow students. Not movie stars or athletic phenoms, Robert, Rollo and Richard Palmer were identical triplets.

Today, a guestroom at the Kennedy School is named for the famous Palmer Triplets – here’s their story…

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Artist Lyle Hehn

There are so many good people doing cool and interesting things underneath this McMenamins’ umbrella, and certainly among the most remarkable are the artists and the wondrous work they do all around us! 

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Golf, Meditation, Art and Beer

This week, we head to the West Linn Pub for a closer look at artist Scott Young’s 40-foot wall-and-ceiling mural, inspired in part by Michael Murphy’s novel Golf in the Kingdom (1971). The book was made into a movie in 2010, filmed at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and “featuring” our own Brian McMenamin as an extra. Interestingly, the novel also inspired the Shivas Irons Society, an organization created in 1992 during the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach whose members combine golf and meditation. Murphy serves on its advisory board, along with Oregon PGA golfer Peter Jacobsen and many others.

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