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Hi, I'm John, known here on Wikipedia as Esprqii. I've been a Wikipedia editor since 2006, and have written more than 100 articles from scratch, most relating to the U.S. state of Oregon. I was one of the early contributors to WikiProject Oregon, a Wikipedia project dedicated to creating and improving articles relating to Oregon. My interests have spanned from biographies of political leaders and sports heroes to descriptions of important historical events and places. In addition to creating new articles, I have researched, edited, maintained, and assessed thousands more Wikipedia articles, with an emphasis on providing accurate and well-referenced source material.


Here are some of the articles and projects I've put the most work into:

  • Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands: As I delved into Oregon history, so many topics came back to this topic, a jumbled mixture of the economy, the environment, local and national politics, law, and of course--scandal. The only thing missing is sports. It is a complex topic that continues to this day to have a huge impact on the state's economy and culture.
  • List of United States Representatives from Oregon: When I first stumbled across this list, I was amazed at how few of the representatives had articles in Wikipedia and took to adding them one by one. Just when I thought I'd read the most incredible story—both good and bad—I found yet another. These "old dead guys and gals" never failed to disappoint.
  • 75th Oregon Legislative Assembly: Within a week of the November 2008 election, I worked to ensure that all 30 Oregon senators in the current session had articles, and created a half dozen articles for the Oregon representatives.
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame: So many Oregon sports heroes are included in this hall from a wide variety of sports, but a surprising number had no articles about them. I took their Oregon sports hall status as a show of notability and have been tracking down their bios for articles ever since. I continue to be amazed at the fascinating stories out there.
  • Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame: Another sports hall of fame, this time from my alma mater. More interesting, notable sportspeople with no Wikipedia articles.
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Oregon/Assessment: Once the Oregon project really took off, we had thousands of articles that needed to be tagged to be included in the project and then assessed in terms of completeness and quality. I did as many as I could.
  • Oregon portal: Several other editors did the vast majority of work, but I was happy to help where I could to get the Oregon Portal to Featured article status.
  • Did You Know: When I create a new article, I nominate it for the Did You Know feature that appears on Wikipedia's main page.
  • Barnstars and awards: Hey, it's fun to get recognition.
  • To do: Articles to create one of these days if someone else doesn't beat me to it.

Articles created[edit]

Here are the articles I've created from scratch. There are a lot of articles I've written up from stubs, but that would take a lot more work to uncover so this is a good sampling of what I've done around here. I try never to create an article without at least one good reference and always work to get it to at least Start class.

Here's a list of new articles I've started in the last month.


As noted above, a lot of these are former Oregon congresspeople or current Oregon legislators.

Laurie Monnes Anderson Homer D. Angell Jules Bailey Brent Barton Rick Bauman Cliff Bentz
Roger Beyer Terry Beyer Brian Boquist Scott Bruun Jim Bunn J. A. Chapman
Jason Conger Maurice E. Crumpacker Ryan Deckert John R. Dellenback Richard Devlin William R. Ellis
Harris Ellsworth Sal Esquivel Tim Freeman Chris Garrett Edith Green Binger Hermann
Bob Jenson Michael J. Kopetski Ann Lininger Harry Lonsdale Ron Maurer John R. McBride
Mike McLane Jeff Merkley Rick Metsger Rod Monroe Malcolm A. Moody Andy Olson
Frank L. Roberts Ellen Rosenblum Allen G. Rushlight Andrea Salinas Kurt Schrader Martha Schrader
George K. Shiel Barbara Smith Warner Denny Smith Jefferson Smith Andrew J. Thayer Chuck Thomsen
Bob Tiernan Carol Voisin Rob Wagner James H. Weaver Monica Wehby Ted Wheeler
Richard Williams Gene Whisnant
Federal elections in Oregon: President 1988, 1996; Senate 1966, 1974, 1980, 1990, 1998; House 2008, 2010
State elections in Oregon: Governor 1982; Legislature 2010, 2012


A lot of these were based on sports figures who were inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame or the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

Nick Aliotti Pokey Allen Darwin Barney John Beckett Guy Benjamin Bob Bowlsby
Greg Buckingham Don Bunce Don Burness Douglas Burke Nigel Burton Jody Campbell
Kaleb Canales Mitch Canham Rich Cho Jack Cody Ralph Coleman Bill Corbus
Steve Coury Bill Cowden Steve Cox Jack Crabtree Grace DeMoss Jack Dana
John H. Dick Steve Dils Christopher Dorst Jon Douglas Don Durdan Trent Edwards
Chandler Egan David Esquer Jim Eyen Dutch Fehring John Ferris Kevin Freeman
Hugh Gallarneau Bobby Garrett Marjorie Gestring Keith Gledhill Molly Goodenbour Quentin Greenough
L. H. Gregory George Haines Leo Harris Eric Hardgrave Bill Hayward Don Head
Bud Held Brenda Helser Biff Hoffman John Hopkins Todd Husak Hjalmar Hvam
Brian Job Wally Johansen Chris Johnson Jenna Johnson Art Jones Mike Jorgensen
Spec Keene Gary Kerkorian Don Kirsch Mel Krause James F. Lanagan Sam Lee
Fred Linari Marybeth Linzmeier Leo Long Jair Lynch Andrew McDonald Thomas L. McFadden
Owen Marecic Nancy Merki Mike Mikulak Butch Morse Alan Mouchawar Bernard Muir
Phil Neer Paul Neumann Dick Norman North West Hockey League Danny O'Neil Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
T. C. Ostrander Pacific Coast Pro Basketball League Jason Palumbis John Paye Platypus Trophy Portland Buckaroos
Portland Power Portland Indians Portland Interscholastic League Walter D. Powell Tavita Pritchard Joe Prunty
Larry Questad Susan Rapp Reliance Athletic Club Jeanne Ruark Hoff Jean Saubert Della Sehorn
George Shaw Nate Shaw Tom Shaw Willie Shaw Charlie Sitton Malcolm Snider
Stanford Cardinal women's basketball Katy Steding Ron Stratten Jerry Tarr Chuck Taylor Robert L. Templeton
Claude E. Thornhill Ron Tomsic Frank Troeh George Varoff Randy Vataha Chris von Saltza
Ed Voss Tim Walsh WSU Fight Song Western Canada Hockey League Nancy White Oscar F. Willing
Artie Wilson Carolyn Wood Suzanne Zimmerman
Bowl games: 1958 Rose, 1965 Rose, 1972 Rose, 1977 Sun, 1978 Bluebonnet, Toilet Bowl, 1986 Gator, 1991 Aloha, 1993 Blockbuster, 1995 Liberty, 2001 Fiesta, 2017 Alamo
Stanford football seasons: 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906–17 (rugby) Good article, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1999, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Lists: Stanford bowl games, Stanford head football coaches, Stanford football seasons


Sometimes I just come across a redlink that is crying out for an article. A lot of these tend to be geographical in nature, but others just beg to be written.

Kelly AuCoin City View Cemetery Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel Gleneden Beach, Oregon Great Coastal Gale of 2007
Robert Hamerton-Kelly Lawson Fusao Inada Grace Jordan Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge Maurice Crumpacker House
Molalla Prairie, Oregon Mount Calvary Cemetery Mount Scott Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands Good article Oregon land fraud scandal
Oregon State Correctional Institution Oregon City School District Oregon Iron Company Good article Oswego Lake Pacific Monthly
Alfred Peet Rex Putnam Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge Stafford, Oregon Tilikum Crossing
Waverley Country Club West Coast Bancorp White Stag White Stag sign West Linn-Wilsonville School District
Zigzag Mountain


Templates make life easier for editing and moving around articles in Wikipedia. Here are links to some that I created.

Template:WikiProject Oregon COTW Template:WikiProject Oregon COTW-Now Template:WikiProject Oregon COTW-Was
Template:Pac-10 Fight Songs Template:StanfordBasketballCoach Template:StanfordQuarterbacks

Articles edited[edit]

If you're looking for a complete overview of my edits, this tool provides a good summary. And, here's a tool that lets you see how many time any given page was viewed.

Date Edit rank
1/18 3898
8/14 3215
11/12 3143
11/11 3284
10/10 3597
2/10 3903


Here are some of the photos I've taken and uploaded to Wikipedia that are in use in Wikipedia articles today.

This tool shows all the images I've uploaded or edited here on Wikipedia, or at Wikimedia Commons.

Notes to self[edit]