Guess hes not that media-shy


Though he has yet to respond to requests from the Portland Tribune for interviews, Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, obviously answered when BusinessWeek magazine came knocking.

The 34-year-old Torvalds, who now lives in Portland and works at Open Source Development Labs Inc. in Beaverton, was chosen one of the magazine's best managers of the year for 2004.

A picture of the programmer, shown amid a tangle of tall grasses near the Open Source office, accompanied a Jan. 10 profile outlining the prolific success of Linux Ñ now the world's No. 2 operating system behind Microsoft Windows.

Among BusinessWeek's other top picks for 2004: Phil Knight, former chief executive officer of Nike Inc.

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Proof that no corners are cut in keeping the president of the United States safe and sound:

Air Force One, the president's official airplane, is stocked with a supply of hemorrhage-controlling bandages from the Tigard-based HemCon Inc. The bandages, made from shrimp-derived chitosan and used extensively by the U.S. military, run $89.50 each and are designed to staunch massive bleeding.

Mike Williams, HemCon's vice president of finance, said members of the White House medical staff also tote the bandages in their portable medical kits.

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Now that he's not a Portland city commissioner, Charlie Hales is less in the news. But it's still possible to keep track of Choo Choo Charlie Ñ the nickname he received when he spearheaded the Portland Streetcar as well as the MAX light-rail line to the airport Ñ through Milestones, the quarterly newsletter of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.

The foundation is headed by his new wife, Nancy Sourek Hales, who shared the news of their engagement in the column she writes for Milestones after Hales proposed to her during a trip to China. They were married last summer at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden and honeymooned on their sailboat, according to the Milestones fall edition.

In the most recent issue, Sourek Hales wrote that 'my new life as the wife of a 'train nut' took me to Prague, Czech Republic, last month to inspect a streetcar manufacturing plant.'

Hales was a commissioner for nine years before he resigned his post in May 2002 to take a job as a transit principal for HDR, a big Omaha, Neb.-based engineering, architecture and consulting firm with offices in Portland and Salem.

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Paul Allen's not the only one who's sensitive about his massive yacht.

Golfer Tiger Woods is suing Christensen Shipyards Ltd. of Vancouver, Wash., which spent three years building an opulent 155-foot, $20 million yacht for him. The boat Ñ ship? Ñ was launched last fall, and Woods and his bride, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, honeymooned on board after they were married Oct. 5 in Barbados.

The lawsuit claims Christensen violated Woods' privacy by using his name to promote the company; he's seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

According to a November article in Power & Motoryacht magazine, Woods' big boat has an elevator as well as a 'sweeping staircase made with cherrywood handrails and clear, curved-glass panels.'

Besides a gym, amenities include an inflatable decompression chamber, described as a safety measure for divers who go below the 120-feet recreational depth; a bar with a marble countertop; an eight-person Jacuzzi; and a swiveling 52-inch plasma screen TV. It operates with a nine-person crew.

The yacht's name? Privacy.

Ñ Jon Bell, Kristina Brenneman and Jeanie Senior