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If you thought last month's explosions on the set of 'The Hunted' Ñ complete with F-15 flyovers that led half of North Portland to think we were under terrorist attack Ñ were spectacular, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. That was just a test. É The real thing Ñ that is, the actual filming of the battle scenes, which should take place over four or five days and nights Ñ is still to come. É Exciting as it all seems, Jon Larsell, a computer programmer who lives on a bluff overlooking the movie set, is less than thrilled at the prospect. In fact, he's deathly afraid that the repeated dynamite blasts will damage the foundation of his house and break his windows. His insurance company has told him to make a videotape, and if there's any damage, they'll stick Paramount with his deductible. É Exactly when the final battle is set to begin, neither the movie company nor the city is saying. Security, you know. They do, however, promise to notify those nearest ground zero.

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After giving Kevin Mannix $50,000 in seed money, has Loren Parks, the Daddy Warbucks of Oregon's conservative movement, pulled the plug on the Republican gubernatorial hopeful? 'Although Kevin Mannix is a friend,' he writes in a letter to fellow carriers of the torch, 'I will not be contributing any more money to him for the primary.' É Parks' reason? Mannix doesn't have a prayer of winning in the general election. 'When the Democrats start hammering on Kevin's past legislative abortion record, they'll kill him,' the letter says.

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Our Woman About Town, Maggi White, reports that the current drink of the martini crowd is the Lemon Drop, a concoction of citrus vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar Ñ 'and the best one can be found at McCormick's Fish House on the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.' The bartender there, Tina, is known as the Lemon Drop Queen.

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Down at the cop shop, they're not at all pleased with the plan, recently floated by the mayor's office, to make them responsible for clearing idlers from downtown sidewalks. They don't want to become the loitering police. É The whole scheme is the brainchild of the Association for Portland Progress, which recently pared its budget by cutting its own private police force. Now the APP apparently wants the city to foot the bill.

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It's not as if Mike Rich, who wrote the screenplay for 'Finding Forrester,' needs a job. With one successful movie under his belt, and another, 'The Rookie,' starring Dennis Quaid, due out next month, he still does a daily stint at KINK (102 FM) Ñ every weekday morning with Les Sarnoff.

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From his lofty perch behind the bar at Wimpy's, Kevin Mullane notes that some of the regulars in the hot Northwest Video Golf League have taken to using country club lingo in their daily conversations. Don't laugh Ñ it's tough out there. One poor sucker slipped while pushing the control ball and caught a rivet, opening a gash that required 29 stitches. É According to a usually reliable informant, the current hot spot for thirtysomethings seems to be the Goodfoot Lounge, at Southeast 29th and Stark. That's Goodfoot as in the old James Brown number. Funk is back. Get down.

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