Happy 100th Birthday, Pops


WC’s father was born on Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. What’s now called Veteran’s Day. This would have been his 100th Birthday. He died in 1987, not even 70 years old, killed by his bad habits – smoking, excessive drinking, overweight and a stubborn refusal to deal with serious hypertension. His two…

Thomas Condon, undated photo believed to be from the 1870s

Thomas Condon and Oregon Geology


WC’s fascination with geology began with classes at the University of Oregon. Most of those classes – all of them, except for Introduction to Geology (“Rocks for Jocks”) – were held in Condon Hall. WC honestly never gave a moment’s thought to the building’s name. There were sophomoric jokes about it, but there were jokes…

Testosterone Levels Plotted Against Age, Human Males

The Steinkruger Principle


Niesje Steinkruger, WC’s friend, colleague, and retired superior court judge, first postulated the principle that WC call’s the Steinkruger Principle. Her theory was explained to WC at a Hallowe’en party at her house – a party that has since become a legend – and it may be that alcohol was involved.[^1] But the theory is…

Guy Christopher Mannino

Karma Happens: Chris Mannino Loses Again


WC has written before about Guy Christopher Mannino, a sleaze ball WC had to deal with who finally had his karma catch up to him. Mannino was convicted of a series of crimes involving his plans to murder a large number folks who he felt had done him wrong. Mannino appealed his conviction to the…

Some Notes on Jerry Norum


Jerry Norum died earlier this month, at age 84. WC lost a friend, a terrific teacher and a role model. WC’s 5th grade teacher was Dorothy McNavish. If you are of a certain age, your remember a gray-haired woman, hair in a tight bun, lips tightly pursed, carrying an “I’m from Foodland” shopping bag. Yeah,…

Gary Grimm doing what he loved best

R.I.P. Gary O. Grimm, 1939-2018


You’ve probably never heard of Gary Grimm. WC met him when Grimm was the director of the newly-created Oregon Outdoor Program at the University of Oregon in 1968. He put together the most amazing trips: A float down the Owhyee River A spring ski/climb of all Three Sisters A cross-country ski trip around the rim…