(Welcome back to Thebeerchaser. Since this is a long post, if you are seeing it through an e-mail, please visit the blog to see all of the photos by clicking on the title above so the narrative is not clipped or shortened.)
Followers of Thebeerchaser blog know that generally, each quarter I try to convey the story of an interesting individual or group – a departure from my usual reviews of bars and breweries. Originally, I posted a Beerchaser-of-the-Month, but that schedule precluded doing justice to each story, so I moved to a Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter (BOQ).
Who are these people and why do I devote space in my blog to the thirty-five individual “honorees” named during the nine + years I have been authoring Thebeerchaser. The answer is pretty simple.
Throughout my earlier years, during my career and in retirement, I have met (or read about) many fascinating and wonderful people with compelling stories and both notable exploits and accomplishments. Those I’ve featured may or may not have anything to do with bars or beer. Exploring how to chronicle the BOQ tales has been fun and gratifying.
I’ve known almost all the BOQ’s personally – and in a few cases, such as the late Brian Doyle – a noted NW author, I met them after writing and asking to meet them over a beer – asserting that adding the BOQ entry to their resume would pack the same punch as having a notary-of-the public designation.
One of my early “honorees”, Princeton Emeritus Professor, Dr. Harry Frankfurt – author of the magnificent treatise, On Bullshit, surprisingly responded to the missive I sent him at the University informing him of this new accolade with the following e-mail:
“Dear Mr. Williams, First of all, thank you for the honor of naming me the January 12, 2012 Beerchaser of the Quarter. I have looked at the blog in which you announced my receipt of this distinction, and I was impressed by its wit, its charm, and its erudition.
Also, I enjoyed the pictures. I intend to follow your blog regularly. Anyhow, thanks very much for writing. Sincerely, Harry Frankfurt”
Beerchaser followers have sometimes asked for a list of all those I’ve written about. Although you can access the posts, by clicking on the category at the left side of the blog header above, I haven’t to this point published a complete roster of this disparate group comprising academicians, athletes, authors, clerics, consultants, developers, environmentalists, friends/family, media personalities, military veterans, musicians…..well you get the idea.
And joining these individuals listed below, are four groups – the 1967 Oregon State Giant Killer Football Team, the 1798-99 Crew of the USS Constitution (Unfortunately, none of whom I’ve met!), OSU Football Coach Mike Riley and his 2012 Team and Lawyers, – the latter based on the respect and admiration I gained – for at least most of them – working with these professionals for almost forty years.
Oh yes. And there is, appropriately, one Beerchaser-of-the-Year (well, actually it should be 40 years). She has been my life partner since March 29, 1980, but also supported me in the pursuit of this idiosyncratic hobby over the last nine years. Janet even went so far as switching from her favorite vintage of wine to IPAs on our road trips exploring new watering holes.
The BOQ’s are listed by year below in reverse chronological order ending with Harold Schlumberg – one of the few I have not met, but the first person, I named in 2011 shortly after starting Thebeerchaser. Yes, in some years, there aren’t four but let’s not get too formal. – this is a hobby! Before enumerating them below, I thought I’d give you an idea of their memorable exploits by this simple quiz. The answers are at the end of the post after the list:
- Who are the father and daughter who both garnered this title in separate posts?
- What BOQ has the nickname “Godfather?”
- What BOQ is known as Oregon’s “Beer Goddess?”
- What family member of Thebeerchaser took a deep dive?
- Who is the only BOQ whose existence is questionable – not that that’s a bad thing!
- What 2012 BOQ was recently inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for two sports and what other BOQ did he join in that organization?
- What two persons are the only married couple named as co-BOQ for their outstanding long-term environmental work?
- Which BOQ is a tenured professor and internationally recognized micro-brewery industry consultant?
- Which BOQ was named because of his heroic military service and is also not only an author, but served two terms as Mayor of an historic Oregon City?
- Which BOQ authored a book known as “the most influential crime novel of the last 50 years” and had an opening line that one author/reviewer described as “….probably the greatest opening line of any book I’ve ever read.”
- Which Portland lawyer was named BOQ not only for his legal skills, but helping put Portland State College in the national spotlight during the 1960’s?
- Who is the BOQ who designed the memorable logo for Thebeerchaser?
You can click on the link over the name of each BOG below if you want to see the narrative and pictures in the original post. And if you want to suggest an individual worthy of this esteemed title in the future, please leave a comment or e-mail me.
|Fr. Chuck Wood||Catholic Priest||12/4/2020|
|Billy Main||Football player – entrepreneur||5/25/20 – 5/11/20|
|Jack and Jan McGowan||Environmentalist – non profit leaders||2/19/2020|
|John Runkle||Owner – The Dirty Shame Saloon||8/13/2019|
|Col. Terry “Spike McKinsey – USMC||Marine Aviator and Base Commander||3/26/2019|
|The 1967 Oregon State Giant Killers||Collegiate Football Team||5/20/2018|
|Mark Edlen||Developer and Philanthropist||2/7/2018|
|Fr. Martin Grassel||Benedictine Monk and Benedictine Brewer||7/1/2617|
|Brain Doyle – Beerchaser Eternal||Author and Humorist||6/9/2017|
|Amy Faust||Media Personality and Writer||4/11/2017|
|Dwight Jaynes||Media Personality, Journalist and Writer||13/13/16|
|Kelly Gronli||Symphonic Musician – Oboist||6/29/2016|
|Jay Waldron||Attorney, Athlete, Adventurer||3/29/2016|
|Capt. Rick Williams USN Retired||Military Veteran and Energy Consultant||10/22/2015|
|Sam Holloway||University Professor and Micro-brew Industry Consultant||8/25/2015|
|Lisa Morrison||Bar owner, Author, Media Personality||4/9/2015|
|Jack Faust||Lawyer and Media Personality||9/2/2014|
|Steve Lawrence||Veteran, Lawyer, Author, Mayor||5/29/2014|
|Brian Doyle||Author and Humorist||2/24/2014|
|Janet Williams||Wife and Outstanding Human Being||1/19/2014|
|Johnny Brose||Winemaker, Brewer, College Instructor||11/14/2013|
|Jud Blakely||Veteran, Consultant and Writer||9/16/2013|
|Doug Bomarito||Veteran and Lawyer||9/16/2013|
|Jim Westwood||Attorney and Civic Leader||3/28/2013|
|Forrest Green||Musician, Environmentalist and Counselor||11/4/2012|
|Mike Riley and the OSU Football Team||Coach and Players||10/23/2012|
|Craig “The Dude” Hanneman||Athlete, Executive, Elected Official and Mountain Climber||8/27/2012|
|John Terry||Historian and Journalist||5/29/2012|
|Dr. Harry Frankfurt||University Professor and Author||1/6/2012|
|Four Bartenders||Portland Area Mixologists||11/9/2011|
|Harold Schlumberg||Retired Chemical Engineer and Philosopher||8/29/2011|
Answers to the BOQ Quiz Above
- Jack and Amy Faust
- Dwight Jaynes
- Lisa Morrison
- Rick Williams – my youngest brother
- Art Vandelay who has a remarkable resemblance to lawyer, Carson Bowler
- Craig Hanneman and Dwight Jaynes
- Jack and Jan McGowan
- Dr. Sam Holloway
- Steve Lawrence
- James Crumley
- Jim Westwood
- Jud Blakely
Cheers and Have a Safe and Joyful Christmas and Holiday Season
Don, I want to thank Janet and you for your generous contributions through the years to the T the VVOMF. With Jerry Pero the president dying approximately six weeks ago there will be a change in leadership of the organization in the next few months. I’ll keep you posted. I sent your check onto the treasurer of the organization so that he can deposit it and send you a 501(c)(3) donation receipt. If you do not receive that document by the end of January please contact me Have a happy holiday season and be safe. Best, Doug
Don, Merry Christmas to you and Janet and family. Your exploits on the road and in the bars, is only exceeded by your ability to remind us of many fine people we have known in our small world. Keep up the good work!!
Thanks Larry. And my shipmates back in 1967, you and Spike McKinsey were two of the best good people I’ve met in my life. Merry Chirstmas.