Talk:List of people from Portland, Oregon

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Old discussions[edit]

Just added an entry of Brad Fitzpatrick. He created the popular web log (blog) known as LiveJournal and based his operations in Portland. He has since moved to San Francisco, CA.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Slimem88 (talkcontribs) 04:55, May 22, 2005

More talk about Portlanders is at Talk:Portland, Oregon#Famous Portlanders --Jason McHuff 06:43, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

I don't think Steve Havelka is actually "a homeless man who roams up and down Burnside carrying a large wooden crucifix on one shoulder". He appears to be a famous Portland computer programmer, and creator of the Pokey the Penguin comic. See and . I was unable to find any reference online to an actual homeless man who carries a wooden crucifix around on Burnside.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Benwei (talkcontribs) 11:39, October 16, 2005

Dos it make sense to divide this beteen living and deceased Portlanders, or current/former? The list is pretty obscure, IMHO. -- Gnetwerker 01:30, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

I agree; this list should clarify current/former residents, etc. For example, I had never heard anything about Frank Black moving to PDX, so I had no idea if his inclusion on the list meant that he was born here (no), grew up there (no evidence for that), spent time here as a young adult, or just moved here last year (the last is true, according to the Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2005). -little otik 22:08, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Name formats[edit]

Does the last name first, first name last thing bother anyone else? --Liface 21:28, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Yes. I think we should change it to "first name last name" but keep it in alphabetical order by last name, à la List of people from Oregon and List of famous New Yorkers. -little otik 22:24, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
Done. Next step, establishing notability. --Liface 00:22, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
Yes, but first, let's establish that it *is* a list of notable Portlanders. I wonder why List of notable Portlanders isn't the title of the page instead of just a redirect to this page? Perhaps it should be switched, and List of Portlanders should be the redirect. The opening paragraph should also be rewritten to reflect the criteria for inclusion. -little otik 02:38, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Rewrote opening paragraph. -little otik 03:06, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Establishing notability[edit]

We're going to have to find sources for all of these in the <ref></ref> format preferably. Also, should red-linked names be included? --Liface 00:22, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Most of the red-line names should stay, we can provide outside links (like the Callahan entry does), if necessary.
At least keep:
  • Larry Crane
  • Stanley Fafara (Whitey from Leave it to Beaver)
Other people are going to have to decide what happens to the rest of the names without entries. I see at least 3 or 4 on the list that are of dubious value in terms of notability.
-little otik 02:38, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

How about some guidelines for new names added to the list?

  • Add names to the list if the person is
  1. notable
  2. has an entry in wikipedia (create one if there isn't one already)
  3. known to be associated with Portland
-little otik 14:35, 27 June 2006 (UTC)


  • Names are written in direct order: First Name Last Name,
    • For example: Albert Einstein, not Einstein, Albert.
  • Names are in alphabetical order by surname/last name.
-little otik 14:35, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

Request for Comment[edit]

A page similar to this one. List of people from San Francisco, is currently under review as an article for deletion, for reasons which would apply to this article as well. I am conducting an RfC on the talk page of the above-mentioned list to determine whether the concensus agrees on keeping such lists or not. Any and all comments are more than welcome. Badbilltucker 16:20, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

I voted keep on that, I also believe all lists like this should be kept. --Liface 23:15, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

adding James DePriest[edit]

does anyone else think James DePreist the former and highly acclaimed conducter of the Oregon Symphony?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 00:49, October 18, 2006

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Frank Black?[edit]

I have never once heard that Frank Black lives in Portland, Oregon, and that article doesn't specify what state he lives in. Seeing as he's from the East Coast, are you sure that article isn't just talking about Portland, Maine?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 03:36, December 2, 2006

Nope. [1] [2] Looks like he lives in Eugene now though. Katr67 02:56, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Table format[edit]

Using this list as an example, I propose that we use the following table format:

Name Lifetime Notability/Profession Note
Addy, OboObo Addy b. 1936 Worldbeat musician [1]
Adkins, BradBrad Adkins b. 1973 Artist
Alexakis, ArtArt Alexakis b. 1962 Member of Everclear [2]
Ameri, GoliGoli Ameri b. 1956 U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Keep in mind this is just for a single entry, and the columns would be wider as longer names and notability explanations are used. (Edit: I added a few more rows to offer a better illustration.) This list could potentially reach featured status, and it would be nice to have a sortable table. Pictures on the side would also spruce the page up a bit. Any objections, suggestions, or concerns? I had so much fun working on List of Oregon state symbols that I thought this might be a fun new project to work on. Any one else want to lend a helping hand? --Another Believer (Talk) 03:13, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
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