OK, Times readers, we are beginning to work on our annual magazine section, which we call Portrait, and once again we are asking for your help. This year's Portrait theme is 'Untold Stories.' It will be published March 1, and we're hoping to have some fun with this one.

It will feature unusual, strange, sensational, uplifting, quirky, scary, ironic, funny and just plain odd stories that have happened to people in our readership area - which, for those who just fell off the turnip truck from out of town, includes anywhere in the Beaverton School District, the Sherwood School District and the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Naturally, we want you to share your untold stories with us. These could involve your worst day ever, your most embarrassing moment, the wacky way your parents met, a strange coincidence, some often-repeated piece of your family history, an unforgettable character, a brush with death, a celebrity you met once, the weird way a business was formed, an example of great courage - whatever unusual tale you feel like sharing with our readers.

And, just to help you consider where to look for your untold stories, consider these subject areas: your grandparents, pets, jobs you've had, social occasions, family misunderstandings or mix-ups, births, military service, the neighbors, school memories, accidents, volunteering, a work experience, kids, romance and local history.

We really don't want to count words on these things, but those that go beyond 500 words are quite likely to be edited for length and may even run the risk of not getting in.

We'd also like photos to illustrate your story, if possible. They should be JPEG files of 200 dpi or more and at least 5 by 7 inches.

Want to tell your story, but not the writer type? Just give us a call or email and we'll follow up with you.

Stories and photos should be emailed to Special Sections Editor Mikel Kelly at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Untold Stories, Times Newspapers, P.O. Box 22109, Portland 97269-2109.

The deadline for submissions is the end of the day Friday, Feb. 10.

If anyone has questions, feel free to call Kelly at 503-546-0737. We're looking forward to hearing your stories.

- Mikel Kelly

Contract Publishing

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