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Five years in the making, Oregon State linebacker Kyrei Fisher makes his first start: Beavers notebook – OregonLive12.15.21

CORVALLIS Five years and some 55 games into his college football career, Oregon State linebacker Kyrei Fisher will finally make his first start.

Fisher was asked Monday if hes patient. Thats a one-word answer: Duh.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound fifth-year junior is the likely starter along with Omar Speights at inside linebacker when OSU plays Utah State in the LA Bowl (4:30 p.m. Saturday, KATU) in SoFi Stadium. Fisher moves up the depth chart because Avery Roberts, the Pac-12 Conference tackles leader, is out after undergoing leg surgery 10 days ago.

Fisher, an Oklahoma native, spent two years at Arkansas before transferring to Oregon State in 2019. Fisher has experienced a car wreck and COVID-19 tracing issues that knocked him out of several games in 2019 and 2020. But he hung in there, played as a solid backup to Roberts, and now finds himself replacing Roberts in the bowl game.

If I told you my life story, you would realize that Im patient. My life has been a lot of tests. Thats why I have a tattoo on me, battle tested, said Fisher, pointing to a large ink drawing on his left shoulder.

Fisher has played in 21 career games, including four at Arkansas. His most productive came two games ago against Arizona State, after Roberts left with a first-half ankle injury. Fisher produced a career-high nine tackles.

In comparing Fisher to Roberts, defensive coordinator Trent Bray said he cuts it loose a little bit more, which can be a real good thing. Weve got to hone him in a little bit, assignment wise, which hes done a good job over the last couple weeks.

Fisher, who like Roberts is a transfer that has played five years in college, sees a lot of himself in Roberts.

Averys fast, Im fast. Hes physical, Im physical. Ive been playing a long time, hes been playing for a long time, Roberts said. Hes fast and good with his hands. I try to emulate a lot of what he does.

Bray on shedding interim tag: This is Brays fourth game as Oregon States interim defensive coordinator, a role he assumed when Tim Tibesar was fired on Nov. 7. Bray, in his fourth year on coach Jonathan Smiths staff, is expected to be in the mix for the permanent job as Smith sifts through options.

If Bray is pitching for the job, hes planning to do it on the field and/or behind closed doors.

You might not believe me, but I really havent even thought about it, Bray said. Theres always something to do, the work youve got to do, whether its game planning, coaching, recruiting. You stay so busy.

What will be will be. As long as we take care of our business, then things will work out no matter what.

Wright still undecided: OSU cornerback Rejzohn Wright said Monday hes waiting until after the bowl game to decide whether to leave school early for the NFL Draft. A year ago, Wrights brother Nahshon left OSU following his junior season to take a swing at the NFL. Dallas tabbed the cornerback in the third round.

Three weeks ago Wright said he was leaning toward returning. But Monday, he said the only thing on the table was the LA Bowl.

I just want to enjoy the bowl game, play good in the bowl game, Wright said.

--Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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A very Pacific Northwest holiday gift guide – KUOW News and Information11.30.21

What to gift someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest?

A friend of mine, who lives in New York, messaged me with this question. Her sister-in-law moved to Portland recently, and she wanted to know what would suit those of us who live in this damp, dark climate. What follows is an informal gift guide ideas from friends, KUOW coworkers, and Today So Far newsletter readers.

Staying warm

Wool socks from $14

Fact of life: There is no such thing as too many wool socks when you live in the Northwest. Wet cotton will make you miserable. My new favorite wool sock brand is Farm to Foot. Their socks are soft and cozy. Folks will also recommend Smartwool, and I will too, but some of the socks arrive a little stiff and uncomfortable, so I would recommend buying in person. REI brand wool socks tend to be less expensive, but equally lasting.

Patagonia Nano Puff vest $199

The Nano Puff is Patagonias answer to the down jacket. Down clumps when wet, losing its ability to retain heat, whereas the Nano Puff keeps you at a good temperature no matter how wet you are. (It is not, to be clear, a waterproof coat. I layer mine with a waterproof rain shell. I used to wear water resistant jackets, but climate change dumps more rain on us now, so Ive switched to fully waterproof.)

Down booties $40-90

Wearing down outside is tricky in rainy Seattle, but not when you are indoors. I was gifted Sierra Designs down booties many winters ago, and I wear them throughout the winter months. I gifted a pair to my stepmom, who wears hers all winter as well. I prefer these to synthetic or woolly lamb slippers, which weirdly stretch out in the damp. Here are a pair from Outdoor Research, a Seattle company.

Blanket or throw by Eighth Generation $67-$172

A Native-owned company in Seattle. All blankets are designed by Native artists.

Dribs and drabs

Friday Afternoon Tea from $7

Customized teas that taste like a Jane Austin novel or a scene from Game of Thrones. KUOW editor/producer Dyer Oxley won a first-place award for this feature of Friday Elliott, who describes herself as the Head Tea Witch of the company.

Pretty earrings by Seattle artist Irene Wood from $38

I met Irene at a birthday party when we were 10 years old. Ive been wearing her jewels almost as long (at least 20 pairs of earrings, two necklaces, one bracelet), and they always get compliments. Its fun when someone spots you on the street, points at your necklace, and and says, Irene?

Earrings by Copper Canoe Woman from $60

I stumbled upon this Native artist on Instagram and bought a pair of her earrings soon after. They are high quality and classic, but also hip and unique.

Jumper cables + portable battery from $100

Have you ever waited for a friendly driver to jump your car? I used to drive an old Honda, and I had to flag someone for a jump every few months. What makes this gift so great is that it doubles as a phone & computer charger.

Whiskey glasses with PNW mountains coming up from the bottom $50

We were gifted a Mount Rainier version of this glass, and its my favorite drinking glass. Novel and fun.

This is my favorite cup for hot beverages. I received it as a gift years back, and use it every day. I shouldnt put it in the dishwasher, but I do.

Under $10 Archie McPhee snow globe from $5

I made these with my sons as gifts for their grandparents. We went to Archie McPhees, a gag gift store in Wallingford, and bought cute small plastic figurines for a DIY snow globe.

Foraged chanterelles priceless

KUOWs Deb Wang was recently gifted a bag of harvested chanterelles. It is the BEST GIFT EVER!! she wrote.

Book your friends favorite tattoo artist free!

Popular tattoo artists are hard to book.

Give your friend the gift of BOOKING their favorite tattoo artist (yes, theyll pay for the deposit and tattoo, but theyll thank you for watching their fave artist on Instagram). Outdoors

Deluxe pannier (bike baskets) from $120 for the pair

For the cyclist, waterproof panniers would be a generous gift. These are the ones my mother passed along to me after she retired. They are unbeatable.

Waterproof cycling gloves

I needed these when I biked in Oregon and havent missed them while living in Seattle. Could be that its colder and rains harder in Oregon? I dont have a good brand to recommend, sorry.

Really good bike light from $100

I have spent a lot of money on crap bike lights. I never bit the bullet because they cost so much money. This light was my big Christmas present five years ago, and it still works for days on end.

Italian plum tree $59

I grew up in northeast Seattle, and in our backyard were two giant Italian plum trees. In late August, when the tree fruited, neighbors showed up with brown paper bags to help us harvest these prolific trees. I bought a young peach tree from Raintree nursery, and the tree survived both the travel and my limited fruit tree knowledge.

Other recommendations:

KUOWs Derek Wang recommends rain paints from REI.

KUOWs Ashley Hiruko recommends tickets to see Monsterwatch. They're a Seattle punk group, and their shows are always high energy.

Earthquake preparedness kits (these are pricey but a time saver)

Air purifier for smoky summers ahead

Satsumas (who isnt delighted when someone shows up with these delicious orange orbs?)

Six people recommended Cougar Gold. I always assumed this was canned Cheez wiz, but folks swear by this stuff.

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Shoplifting incident at Oregon Ralph Lauren turns into …11.02.21

Three suspects are being sought in Oregon for an armed robbery at a Polo Ralph Lauren store on Saturday after one suspect pointed a handgun at an employee and made off with an unknown amount of merchandise, authorities said.

The three male suspects entered the store at the Woodburn Premium Outlets around 5:20 p.m. and were seen picking up items, the Woodburn Police Department said.

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After about 20 minutes, police said two of the suspects tried to leave the store but were confronted by a lone store employee. One suspect then pulled a handgun and pointed it at the staff member before leaving the store with the third suspect.

An armed suspect pointed a handgun at a store employee who confronted him, authorities said. (Woodburn Police Department)

All three suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a light blue Honda CRV with no license plates and heading north of Interstate 5.

Police confirmed that the suspects stole items from the store, but did not specify what they took.

The three suspects fled in a light blue Honda CRV with no license plates. They were last seen heading north on I-5. (Woodburn Police Department)

The armed suspect was described as a Hispanic or like-skinned African-American between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-6 with a thin build. He was wearing red joggers, a black Patagonia hoodie, surgical face mask, black beanie and black tennis shoes. He also had a heart-shaped or teardrop tattoo on his left cheek under his eye.

The three male suspects made off with an unknown amount of merchandise. (Woodburn Police Department)

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Another suspect was described as a Pacific Islander, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a light-colored hoodie with khaki shorts and tall white socks with white shoes.

The third suspect was described as an African-American between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10 with a medium build. He was wearing a black tracksuit with a single white stripe on the shoulders and pant leg, and a black baseball cap.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident or the suspects to contact the department.

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Leaked Video Helped Lead to the Conviction of a Far Right "Proud Boy" – Truthout10.20.21

The flurry of violence from far right street gangs and militias in cities like Portland, Oregon, have become so common in the years since former President Donald Trumps rise that they have become an expected part of the U.S. political theater. Groups like the Proud Boys regularly descend into liberal cities to attack counterdemonstrations, notably when the Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the country in 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Rather than being able to depend on the police for protection, activists have regularly pointed to the inability or unwillingness of police to intervene in these attacks, often seeing police standing far away when the far right readies weapons, only to return to policing when its only anti-racist demonstrators left. This has been seen in the dozens of confrontations that have happened between the far right and anti-fascists in Portland, including on August 22 of this year, when activists pushed a Proud Boy rally away from the city center.

One year earlier, on August 22, 2020, a Back the Blue rally was held in Portland in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center, the legal building that had been the center of abolitionist protests for months. There, Proud Boys and other far right groups led a string of assaults on counterdemonstrators, including hitting them with batons, shooting them with paintball guns and mace, and even drawing loaded firearms. Police stayed several blocks away, asking all protesters to police themselves over their megaphone, yet were heavy-handed with nonviolent anti-racist protesters later that same day. With the far right groups allowed access to the city and leaving without intervention, it seemed as though they simply were given impunity to attack the anti-racist protesters.

That was until one of the leaders of the group, Alan Swinney, was arrested and charged with multiple violent felony counts stemming from his behavior during the protest. Over a year later, the guilty verdict has been handed down, making a clear statement to the community about what kind of violence these figures are capable of.

Swinney had become a staple of these far right rallies that often sought out left-wing activists for attack. With a large Proud Boy tattoo on his arm (though the Proud Boys claim he is not a member), and an imposing height, he often made his presence known through aggressive confrontations while livestreaming.

On August 22, 2020, he led a crowd that inflicted numerous assaults and was even photographed pointing a handgun at a protester, finger on the trigger. He was eventually arrested under numerous charges related to his violent behavior on that day, and he also faced a $1 million lawsuit from people who say they were victimized by him. Swinneys trial brought the question of his guilt to the forefront of the community.

Jury selection began by asking potential jurors how they felt about key political issues, such as the left/right divide, gun rights and the police. D, who asked to be identified by an initial due to fears of retaliation from Swinneys supporters, is a juror who sat on Swinneys trial. D tells Truthout that during jury selection, court officials asked them questions about their views on gun rights, whether D owns a firearm and whether they have ever been a victim of assault.

The court seemed to prepare for potential violence from the start by holding three court rooms for the proceedings, D says: one for supporters of Swinney, one for people not clearly identified as his supporters and one for the actual proceedings. This allowed the jury to remain anonymous to the public and disallow Swinneys supporters to potentially intimidate them.

D told Truthout that Swinneys attorneys continually argued he was acting in self-defense, claiming Swinney was feeling nervous and fearful in response to each new piece of evidence put forward by the prosecution. [The prosecution] showed a lot of Parler and social media posts where [Swinney] literally said, This is civil war, were ready to fight. This is where we attack, D tells Truthout.

The prosecution also played a leaked video from Swinneys body-worn camera that was previously published by this reporter in a Bellingcat story. The leaked video was dropped August 22, 2020, and contains private conversations from multiple prior rallies in which Swinney appears to plan for acts of violence. In one audio portion, he suggested that his comrades should videotape counterdemonstrators with the hope that they can catch anti-fascists engaging in violence so that they can legally justify their violent retaliations. Everybody needs to have their cameras rolling in case anyone gets an assault, just like yell out, Got one. We need to make sure weve got assaults on video, Swinney says in the leaked footage. If weve got [an assault] on video and stuff, and we know we got it on video and we have several on video, then nothing is going to happen because we just show the judge the video. In other videos, captured by Swinney himself, he admits to macing dozens of anti-fascist activists.

This made an impact on the jury in revealing that Swinney had planned attacks ahead of time and simply viewed claims of self-defense as a ruse to justify violence against anti-fascist demonstrators. In the same leaked footage, Swinney says that bear mace, an extremely volatile form of mace, is worth every penny when you get to spray antifa with it, and that supporters who provide money for the mace get a lot of satisfaction knowing they were responsible for that pain.

Swinneys public defenders tried to cast both Black Lives Matter protesters and anti-fascists as equally responsible for violence. Swinney himself took the stand during the trial to try and build up the claim of self-defense, but this did little to sway the jurys decisions. The leaked video, which clearly showed Swinney pulling a firearm and assaulting multiple people, was clear.

You see the juxtaposition as a really tall guy with all of that gear, versus someone who looks like they just walked up off the street. It was impossible for me to think that he genuinely felt scared with all of that evidence put together, D tells Truthout.

D voted along with the other members of the jury to convict Swinney on 11 of the 12 counts against him, including one count of assault in the second degree, two counts of unlawful use of mace in the second degree and pointing a firearm. (He was found not guilty on one assault charge.) Swinney is now awaiting sentencing, which could lead to a lengthy prison stay.

Convictions like these reinforce the idea that the Proud Boys are a violent street gang, says John Tilly, a local Portland activist who alleges he was assaulted by Swinney on August 15, 2020, and who has faced numerous other assaults while photographing Proud Boy events.

Many activists question whether this verdict will actually effect lasting change, or, despite getting one violent figure off the streets, will allow the conditions that created Swinney to continue.

I think that [the verdict] might dissuade some non-long-haul fascists. [But] I dont think were suddenly going to see folks open their eyes to the violence that is deeply rooted in these groups, says A, the person who originally leaked the video used as evidence at the trial. A is also using an initial due to fears of retribution from Proud Boys or their supporters. While I personally object to a carceral system, I feel that looking at the justice system as it exists right now, this was a very favorable outcome for anti-fascists.

These mixed feelings were shared by a number of people who are survivors of violence by Swinney and other far right groups.

Verdicts like these are incredibly rare, says Melissa Lewis, who says she was attacked by Swinney and supporters on August 22, 2020, and witnessed him brandish a revolver. The verdict means very little to me, which Im sure will surprise a lot of people. [I am] an abolitionist, and I know prison will only make people like Swinney worse [when] he will be released in a few years. But I dont shed any tears for fascists who go on the stand and make absolute fools of themselves.

D had similarly mixed feelings even while voting to convict, which they said was the only accurate verdict given the evidence that was presented. On the one hand, the prison system is awful, and it is not anything I necessarily agree with. On the other hand, Swinney definitely should not be able to have such a large audience and should not be able to move as freely as he does. He literally travels the country to go to these events. Hes violent, says D. [Its] one less violent white supremacist on the street. However, I know he is going to come out of the prison system even more radical than he is. This is a victory for the left in a way, but it is not a cure. It is hitting at a symptom of the system, rather than an overhaul.

While the Swinney verdict does appear as a bright spot for those who have been concerned that groups like this are able to operate with impunity, it is not a real solution to the issue. Instead, deeper reforms and community accountability are necessary to unseat the conditions that allow groups like the Proud Boys to flourish in the first place. This is part of the role that anti-fascists see themselves playing: creating a solution to community protection that relies on solidarity and mutual aid rather than the carceral approach that police present.

Even though the cops and media would like folks to believe otherwise, anti-fascism is self-defense. These groups want us dead, says A. People need to see for themselves any time there is an opportunity to expose them.

That exposure is a key part of anti-fascist strategies, which are only continuing in the post-Trump years as the far right continues to descend on city after city. In that reality, there will likely be more court cases like Swinneys, yet the limitations of this legal approach to public safety are glaring and many radical organizers are looking to build up alternatives.

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Tinker Hatfield And Thor Drake Create One Of A Kind Zero SR/F – RideApart10.08.21

Nike Vice President of Design Tinker Hatfield has shaped sneaker culture for over 40 years with his Air Jordan, Air Max, and MAG (from Back to the Future) shoes. Goaded into ditching his scooter by Michael Jordan himself, the legendary sneaker designer has been riding motorcycles since 2003.

Just five years after Hatfield throw a leg over his first motorbike, in 2008, Thor Drake co-founded See See Motorcycles, a Portland, Oregon-based custom shop and caf, and started planning the first One Motorcycle Show. While Hatfield and Drakes design background and motorcycling roots may be vastly different, the two shared a similar vision for a custom Zero SR/F build.

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The Zero motorcycle that we were working with is very beautiful and reminded me of an Italian superbike. Thor and I decided our goal was to Portlandize it, admitted Hatfield.

To achieve such an eccentric feat, both parties drew from the world of aviation to tattoo designs. The team maintains the Zero SR/Fs striking silhouette but added some blue-collar toughness with a riveted polish aluminum fuel tank. Drakes handiwork may call WWII fighter planes or Airstream trailers to mind, but it certainly captures Portlands alternative and edgy side.

The pair add some flair in the form of teal-painted rims, gold handlebar ends and bobbins, and a white powder-coated frame. A new rear sprocket cut in the shape of See See Motorcycles logo also lightens and livens the build. Of course, even with such eye-catching elements, the hand-painted tattoo-inspired custom seat steals the show, highlighting the artistic spirit of the city.

Hatfield and Drakes upgrades werent only aesthetic in nature, however. While the duo didnt need to fiddle with the electric motor or drivetrain, Ohlins suspension and a Brembo braking system improve the SR/Fs handling and stopping power. Drake and Hatfield may come from different worlds, but their shared vision for the Zero SR/F and motorcycles at large couldnt be any more aligned.

Following the builds debut, the custom SR/F will go to the Los Angeles Bonhams Auctions event on October 21, 2021. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Columbia County.

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Shoplifting incident at Oregon Ralph Lauren turns into armed robbery when confronted by employee – Yahoo News10.08.21

Three suspects are being sought in Oregon for an armed robbery at a Polo Ralph Lauren store on Saturday after one suspect pointed a handgun at an employee and made off with an unknown amount of merchandise, authorities said.

The three male suspects entered the store at the Woodburn Premium Outlets around 5:20 p.m. and were seen picking up items, the Woodburn Police Department said.

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After about 20 minutes, police said two of the suspects tried to leave the store but were confronted by a lone store employee. One suspect then pulled a handgun and pointed it at the staff member before leaving the store with the third suspect.

All three suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a light blue Honda CRV with no license plates and heading north of Interstate 5.

Police confirmed that the suspects stole items from the store, but did not specify what they took.

The armed suspect was described as a Hispanic or like-skinned African-American between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-6 with a thin build. He was wearing red joggers, a black Patagonia hoodie, surgical face mask, black beanie and black tennis shoes. He also had a heart-shaped or teardrop tattoo on his left cheek under his eye.

Another suspect was described as a Pacific Islander, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a light-colored hoodie with khaki shorts and tall white socks with white shoes.

The third suspect was described as an African-American between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10 with a medium build. He was wearing a black tracksuit with a single white stripe on the shoulders and pant leg, and a black baseball cap.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident or the suspects to contact the department.

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The man whos seen more than 400 Holocaust movies almost every one ever made has some takeaways – Forward10.08.21

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Rich Brownstein is the author of Holocaust Cinema Complete, a guide to every Holocaust movie ever made.

(JTA) At least 440 narrative films have been made about the Holocaust and Rich Brownstein has seen just about every single one of them.

As a lecturer on Holocaust film for Yad Vashems international school, Brownstein has both a personal and professional interest in viewing and cataloguing so many depictions of Jewish suffering.

Dealing with Holocaust education is akin to dealing with oncology, in that you have to set aside your personal feelings, he says. You cant be drawn in.

Now, Brownstein has published Holocaust Cinema Complete, a comprehensive book-length guide to the ever-expanding cinema of the Shoah. The book, which went on sale in September, contains statistics on the content of the films, essays on their methods, descriptions and capsule reviews and information for educators looking to use Holocaust films in their curriculums. Documentaries are not included, but made-for-TV movies and miniseries under three hours in length are.

Brownstein says he has seen every film that is available to be seen (excluding unreleased outliers such as Jerry Lewis The Day The Clown Cried). In the book, he gives his unvarnished opinions on the giants of the genre, including Schindlers List, Life is Beautiful and Jojo Rabbit and fans of those movies may not like what he has to say.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Brownstein hasnt always focused on such dour subject matter. Prior to moving to Israel in 2003, he worked as a producer for Jewish comedy legend David Zucker (Airplane!) and South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Stone is Jewish), even appearing in an uncredited cameo in the trios 1998 comedy BASEketball, before founding his own video transcription company. He says he has no familial connection to the Holocaust, and first became interested in the subject after reading Leon Uris novel QB VII.

Brownstein spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about his years watching Holocaust reenactments, what qualifies as a Holocaust movie in his book and how the public, and educators, should approach the genre. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

JTA: How did you become drawn to catalogue these films?

Brownstein: I started collecting movies when I was in my twenties. In Los Angeles, I had over 1,000 movies on VHS, and I knew VHS wasnt going to exist anymore. So I started over on digital, but the whole time, I kept a database, and in the database I had created I would separate Jewish and Holocaust films from others. So I was always attuned to it.

After I moved to Israel, I had a cousin who was on a Young Judea [year abroad] course. And I asked her what she was learning and she said, We have a Jewish film class. We just watched Private Benjamin [a 1980 comedy starring Goldie Hawn as a grieving Jewish widow who enlists in the Army]. I said, Private Benjamin is not a Jewish film. It has a Jewish character, but that doesnt make it a Jewish film. I happened to have known the educational director for the program he and I grew up in Portland together. And so I went to him and said I would teach a class for free, on Holocaust films. And he said, Fine, free is a very good price.

And then, my daughter was a high school senior, and most Israeli high school kids used to go to Poland on their class trips, and she was the spokesperson for her class. Someone asked her if she would represent the State of Israel at Yad Vashem, at their international conference. I looked at the program, and one of the seminars that they had was on using the documentary Shoah in the classroom.

I called up the director, whom I did not know, and said, I think this is the stupidest thing Ive ever heard, that you would consider using a 10-hour documentary in a classroom. Students would fall asleep. To have a symposium where youre advocating to people using Shoah pedagogically is reckless. And he said, You sound like you know what youre doing, so well try you out [on a class]. And his blurb is on the back of my book.

Why do you think there are so many Holocaust films?

Well, I actually dont think there are that many Holocaust films. I think that in terms of the total number of WWII films, for example, its a tiny fraction. We just know about Holocaust films because 25% of all American-made Holocaust films have been nominated for an Academy Award. And from 1960 through 2015, every other year, one of the best foreign language films nominated [at the Oscars] was a Holocaust film.

So you think that theyre coming at you like snowflakes in a blizzard, but theyre not. Theyre just very well targeted and very well marketed, and we have a hunger, especially in the Jewish community, for this story to be told properly.

I think that the percentage of good Holocaust films is far greater than the percentage of good non-Holocaust films. That is, I think that if Im recommending 50 Holocaust films in my book, out of 450, that means Im recommending 11% of Holocaust films. I couldnt recommend 11% of non-Holocaust films.

You use a categorization system in the book. Can you break it down for us?

You cant compare apples to oranges; you have to compare apples to apples. I created these categories its a grid. The first [box] is victim film. So if a film took place during the Holocaust and it was principally about a Jew, then its a victim film, and there are like 100 of them. If a film took place principally during the Holocaust and its about a Gentile saving Jews, then its a righteous Gentile film. If its after the Holocaust and its primarily about a survivor, then its a survivor film. After the Holocaust and mostly about a perpetrator, a Nazi, then its a perpetrator [film].

And then I had a little bit of a problem with with this general theory because of Sophies Choice and Inglorious Basterds, which dont fit into any of these categories but clearly are Holocaust films, so I added a miscellaneous or tangential category.

You consider Harold & Maude and X-Men to be Holocaust films. Is anything that references the Holocaust a Holocaust film?

No, not at all. There are many, many films that arent Holocaust films in my eyes that other people think are. The most famous ones are The Book Thief [a 2013 drama about a young girl in Nazi Germany who steals books to share with a Jewish refugee] and The Sound of Music [the famous 1965 musical about a wealthy family in prewar Austria, in which several characters are Nazis], neither of which I consider to be Holocaust films.

Harold & Maude, if you think about it, she lives in a train car. And theres a scene where shes in the train car with Harold, and he points to the umbrella over her hearth, and she says, That was when I was a kid in Vienna, and shes tearing up. And then she says, But that was all before. Shes clearly a survivor, and then they reveal the tattoo. Its not just that she happens to be a survivor and Hal Ashby threw that in there. Her entire being is shaped by her experience.

X-Men, too, not that its a great film, but you dont have X-Men without Magneto suffering in the first three minutes, in Auschwitz. The mutants are a metaphor for Jews during the Holocaust, and its not a hidden metaphor. Magneto rips down the gates of Auschwitz! Of course its a Holocaust film.

JTA readers already know that your favorite Holocaust film is The Grey Zone, a 2001 drama about the Jews who worked as Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau. What are your least favorite Holocaust films, and what distinguishes a bad Holocaust film?

It depends on how far down into the sewer you want me to go, because there are some that are spectacularly horrible.

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Kate Winslet in The Reader.

Lets talk about The Reader [a 2008 drama, based on a novel by Bernard Schlink, that won Kate Winslet an Oscar]. The Reader is a story about an East German woman after the war, who is really, really hot. But she cant read. And so she makes this really sketchy deal with a young man, that if he reads to her, they can have sex. And then we find out, after all of this hot sex, that this really nice lady was a Nazi guard, who had, with other women Nazi guards, locked 300 Jews in a barn and burned it down. And she gets put on trial. But she cant adequately defend herself, because shes illiterate, and were supposed to feel bad for this woman who killed 300 Jews in a barn, because shes illiterate. Thats really weird. Thats a bizarre notion.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [a 2008 British drama about a child of a Nazi guard who befriends a Jewish boy held prisoner in Auschwitz] is the same idea It was an absolute train wreck. It was just a terrible, terrible, terrible movie.

The glorification of Nazis, Im going to say, the humanization of barbarians is a hard no for me. Im gonna hold the line there. And thats my main complaint about Schindlers List. Oskar Schindler was a repulsive, repugnant, horrible human being while the first five-and-a-half million Jews were killed. He didnt care; he participated. And then all of a sudden, he grew a conscience, so he became a normal person. He didnt become a good person. You would think somebody who was a cog, who had been participating with the Germans since 1936, that guy doesnt get elevated.

I know this is an incredibly difficult thing to hear and say, but almost every Holocaust film that ever came out of Canada, and was directed by a Canadian, theres not a one of them that I can recommend. Every single one of them is horrible.

Your book is structured partially as a teaching guide. In general, how do you think Holocaust films should be used in educational settings?

Holocaust film should be a supplement to lessons. If you are teaching the Holocaust using Holocaust films, then you should rethink your teaching methods, because they are not the beginning of Holocaust education. They are the end of it.

So, if you want to teach about what happened in Birkenau, you can, if your students are old enough, mature enough, you can show The Grey Zone. But not before youve spent weeks explaining what this place is, and the history of it.

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Stanley Tucci and Kenneth Branagh in Conspiracy.

You can teach about the Wannsee Conference, and you can show the film Conspiracy [a 2001 made-for-TV drama about the planning of the Final Solution] a wonderful film, with Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. Its one of the finest films Ive ever seen. But if you dont know what theyre talking about, then its a complete waste of time.

What would you like to see filmmakers and audiences keep in mind when it comes to making, or viewing, Holocaust films?

Well, lets establish from the beginning that every [historical] narrative film, Holocaust or otherwise, whether were talking about Lincoln or Argo or Apollo 13, is a fictionalized account of something that happened. Every narrative film is fiction. If the intention is to represent something true, that happened, then it is raising the bar, and you need to be able to ascertain what elements of the truth are relevant and what are irrelevant.

Theres a difference between watching Inglourious Basterds and watching Schindlers List. Everybody should know, after watching Inglourious Basterds, that Adolf Hitler was not killed in a movie theater by Ryan the temp from The Office. But you dont know when youre watching Schindlers List that Jews were not marched into a dual-purpose shower that actually did have water, but that was hermetically sealed, and that the Jews, going in, actually thought that they might be gassed. The misrepresentation of the shower scene in Schindlers List is so egregious that it ruins the veracity of the film.

The second thing is within the context of all filmmaking, where does it stand? Do I need another one of these? Every story has been told, basically. We all know, within general strokes, whats going to happen. There arent a lot of alternatives people live or they die. But are they going to tell a new story in a new way?

I have to make this really clear: When I sit down to any movie, Holocaust or otherwise, I am the most optimistic person in the world. I want the movie to succeed. I believe in everything that Im watching until they make me disbelieve it. And even then I sit there and I try to find some reason to like this movie.

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Honolulu is ranked 8th in this years Best Cities for Hipsters list heres why – KHON208.23.21

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HONOLULU (KHON2) LawnStarterrecently published a list of 2021s Best Cities for Hipsters to live in, comparing 150 of U.S. biggest cities based on anti-mainstream factors, and Honolulu ranked eighth.

LawnStarters Jeff Hernan wrote the list based on several different factors.Coming in first place was San Francisco, California, then Portland, Oregon, followed by Oakland, California.

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We looked at everything, from thrift stores to farmers markets, to vegetarian restaurants to car friendly, bike friendly communities and tattoo parlors, said Hernan. So, lots of things rolled into this.

According to Hernan, Honolulu has just about everything ranging from cool shops to mom-and-pop restaurants. Also, there are unique, pop-up farmers markets for community members to enjoy.

Honolulu ranked Number 2 for the farmers markets per 100 thousand residents, so there is a lot of really cool things in Honolulu that you dont normally think about, said Hernan.

Hernan said you dont have to be a hipster to enjoy the unique activities Honolulu has to offer like paddle-boarding at Magic Island Beach Park, eating at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, or even getting a new tattoo.

Great weather helps, and of course you have just about the perfect weather too, so that really helped out a lot because we also factor climate information as well, said Hernan.

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Friends and family grieving over shooting death of 18-year-old Makayla Harris, a recent Grant High graduate, – OregonLive07.25.21

Makayla Maree Harris had graduated from Grant High School last month and was a week into her caregiving work at a senior living center in North Portland when she went out with friends Friday night.

The 18-year-old never made it home.

Someone gunned down Harris and wounded six other people in a hail of bullets fired at a crowd in a suspected gang-related drive-by shooting.

Harris was with a group of friends about 2 a.m. Saturday near the food cart row along Southwest Third Avenue near Harvey Milk Street in downtown when she was killed.

She was just getting ready to start her life, said her aunt, Patricia Center, twin sister to Harris mother.

Another man in the crowd is believed to have had ties to the Blood gang and was the intended target, according to investigators and relatives. He wasnt wounded.

It was so sudden and so senseless. It was heartless, Center said. She didnt have any involvement in any of this. Thats what makes it harder.

Harris mother, aunt and other family members were awakened with calls that the teen had been rushed to OHSU Hospital but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

She died of a gunshot wound to the chest, her aunt said.

Harris was born and raised in Portland, the baby sister who had six older siblings. She had attended Madison High School, where she had played volleyball, before transferring to Grant High School, family members said. She also had been a cheerleader for a Pop Warner football league team, the Portland Steelers.

She was kind of timid and quiet growing up, but when she was with her peers, she was the goofy one making everybody laugh, Center said.

As soon as she turned 18 on Jan. 26, Harris approached her mothers employer at Assumption Village about working there, too, said Michael Maslowsky, the chief executive officer of the senior care homes parent company. Assumption Village provides assisted and independent living.

Harris often visited Assumption Village and had attended the employee Christmas parties, he said. Her mother has worked at the residential community for five years as a medical technician.

Many of our staff had watched her grow up, Maslowsky said. She had aspirations of studying to be a nurse. I think Makayla really admired her mom and had seen what her mother contributed.

Harris had applied to be an entry-level caregiver in the assisted living facility. Caregivers bathe, dress and help the residents get around and eat.

She started literally a week before she was killed, he said.

Shunta Gray, the Assumption Village administrator, called Harris a beautiful soul' who showed compassion for her elderly charges.

In a letter to residents alerting them to the tragedy, Maslowsky called Makayla an intelligent, engaging young woman who was excited to begin her chosen profession in health care. Her aspiration was to work with the ill or infirm as a nurse. I have no doubt that she would have splendidly realized that goal, he wrote.

Her mother, Felicia Martinez, is distraught, and her family is staying with her in shifts, Center said.

Theresa Duncan, another aunt, said the entire family is reeling.

Some idiot who has an effing gun and is so careless and reckless and stupid has taken away an 18-year-old from their loved ones, Duncan said. Its devastating. Its ridiculous. It has to stop.

Harris was close with Duncans daughter, Kyla, who also had recently graduated from high school.

The cousins spent the night together last week at the Duncans home, and they had seen Makayla in her caregiver scrubs last Thursday, Theresa Duncan said.

Makayla had the most contagious smile youve ever seen, she always wanted to have fun and be around her family and friends, Kyla Duncan wrote on GoFundMe page that she started for Harris.

On Monday afternoon, Kyla Duncan was getting a tattoo of Makaylas face on her left shoulder.

We were best friends, she said. She said she and Makayla were planning to rent an Airbnb in Portland in September to celebrate Kylas birthday. They already had matching tattoos of their respective birth dates, she said.

Center said the family wants whoever is responsible arrested. Were praying that somebody steps up and says something, she said. If not, this is going to continue to happen.

Family and friends expressed their grief on social media

My baby sister was taken from us, Shauna Harris wrote on Facebook. We are supposed to grow old, talk about each others outfits at the family gatherings, we had plans! I love you more than anything, baby girl.

Philip Humphrey, the Grant High coordinator for Self Enhancement Inc., remembered Harris as a personality in such a small package. He posted a photo on Instagram showing him beside Harris at her graduation last month.

Im heartbroken waking to such tragic news, he wrote Sunday. My prayers go out to you daily & friends who love you. You deserved so much more than this.

Several sisters said they were sorry they couldnt shield her from the violence.

Little sister, at times I swear you thought you were older than me ... I prayed and asked God to look after you sissy, wrote India Yoanna. Im so sorry you had to experience something like this !! Im sorry that these disrespectful people did this to you!! I wish I never seen you like that but now I know how serious this situation is.

Friends posted their selfie photos with Harris and pictures they took in their high school graduation gowns after the Grant High ceremony at Providence Park.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said Portland police responded to an extremely chaotic scene with lots of injured people in the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue around 2:10 a.m. Saturday and found more than half a dozen victims of gunshots.

Police provided emergency medical care to those who were wounded and secured the scene for fire medics and ambulances to respond. One witness told The Oregonian/OregonLive he heard at least 15 to 20 shots ring out and said he watched an early 2000s blue Mustang turn left on Harvey Milk Street and go down Third.

Police have not announced any arrests. They declined to release the names or conditions of the others who were shot but said earlier that all are expected to survive.

Police said they suspect some of the witnesses to the shooting left immediately without talking to investigators.

Lovell said Saturday that police believe some percentage of those shot downtown were innocent bystanders. It was one of two deadly shootings Saturday morning. A man also was killed in in the East Portlands Parkrose neighborhood. The two deadly shootings were among four shootings early Satuday, the chief said.

Royal Harris, a longtime community activist who lost his younger brother to a gang-related homicide outside a Northeast Portland nightclub in 2013, said he had two connections to the downtown shooting: a teenage niece was Makayla Harris best friend and a young man who was wounded is the father of his grandson.

He called the shooting tragic and expressed frustration about what he sees as a lack of urgency by police and the mayor to respond to the gun violence affecting so many young people and their families, especially Black families.

Among homicides victims in Portland through June this year, 47% were Black, according to the city.

Those who were shot and wounded in the crowd Saturday were downtown, enjoying the summer, Royal Harris said. The clubs are open. Theyre mingling.

Harris said he supports more of a police presence in the entertainment district -- and overall on city streets to serve as a deterrent to shootings.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, during a news conference Saturday, said hell advocate for more resources for police and more officers on the street but didnt offer any details of what he meant.

The City Council has given the Police Bureau the green light to create a new team of uniformed officers to patrol Portland streets to try to slow the pace of surging shootings throughout the city with greater community oversight, but the Police Bureau has had trouble finding officers to staff it.

We dont need more resources, said Harris, who recently held a march against gun violence. We have all the resources. We need to deploy them properly, and we need to have a heavier street presence of officers.

Malorie Mooers said she attended Madison High with Makayla Harris in 2017 and 2018 before Makayla transferred to Grant and they had shared some classes.

She was always so kind to me, so funny and knew how to truly light up every room she was in, Mooers said.

Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon, called the shooting bone-chilling and heartbreaking.

It leaves me with just such profound sadness and frustration and guilt that we havent been able to pass stronger gun laws, she said.

The Legislature isnt taking gun violence seriously, she said. It has had the opportunity but hasnt banned so-called ghost guns, firearms that carry no serial numbers, she said.

Lawmakers also havent closed the so-called Charleston loophole, she said. It allows gun sellers to complete a sale if the state hasnt done a background check on the buyer within three days.

I feel like the Portland community really needs to find the answers that are going to be the best for healing and protecting their communities within the city, Okamoto said.

Royal Harris said his bigger question is: Would the response have been the same if it were a young white lady? Would there be a different response from city officials and the mayor beyond the perfunctory We need to do something?

So many young people in this generation are experiencing a level of violence and death thats unprecedented, and its just tiring, he said. Much like the pandemic, they dont see the sun coming up over the horizon.

Police have asked anyone with information or video of the shooting to contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079, or Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3774.

-- Maxine Bernstein

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Tinker Hatfield on NFTs, Paying College Athletes, Michael Jordan, Prince, and Everything Else – Complex07.25.21

When Phil Knight calls, you pick up the phone. When a captain of industry has an idea but no executor, the first thing he needs is an audience. For Knight, who co-founded Nike in 1971 and turned it into the worlds most powerful sneaker brand in the ensuing decades, the idea was to find a way to get college-level athletes paid.

Radical changes to state law and NCAA rules that went into effect on July 1 meant that, for the first time ever, athletes at schools across the country would be allowed to profit off their name, image, and likeness without jeopardizing their playing careers. Knight, whose company helped establish the idea of a players image as currency through gargantuan deals with superstars like LeBron James and Michael Jordan, figured there was some way he could use the new rules to help student athletes at the University of Oregon, his beloved alma mater.

The audience on the other end of the phone was Tinker Hatfield. At 69, he is still Nikes most celebrated designer and, beyond that, the most influential sneaker designer there is. He is responsible for a majority of the most important Air Jordan and Air Max shoes. His first name is among the most appropriate ever given to a human being. Hatfield is warm in conversation, a reservoir of the goodwill hes accrued. Having worked at Nike since 1981, he is well acquainted with Knights challenges.

Both men were student athletes on the Oregon Ducks track team before transforming the sportswear industry. Hatfield was a school record-holding pole vaulter who competed at the 1976 Olympic Trials and Knight, at the end of the 1950s, a middle-distance runner under the mighty coach Bill Bowerman, with whom he co-founded Nike. They remain engaged fans and frequent attendees of Ducks sporting events. Knight, 83, is a wizened spectator on the sidelines, often hidden behind a black pair of wrap-around shades. Hatfields work permeates the athletic programs through sneaker designs, logos, and more.

Now, theyre testing new boundaries that question the fundamentals of traditional agreements between schools and the players who represent them.

One of the big motivations here is to take advantage of the rule change, Hatfield says, and try and set some kind of example for how athletes can start to benefit more from all the work they put in and all the stress that they endure and the injury issues.

At Knights prompting, Hatfield created a piece of art featuring star Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, and turned it into a non-fungible token, a digital art piece that Thibodeaux could sell. It shows him in three different poses, his name stretched big across the background and Hatfields signature scribbled into the corner. The Ducks player announced the NFT on July 6 and has listed it on marketplace Opensea, where editions are selling for 0.045 ETH (around $89.12) each.

Though Hatfield and Knight are inextricably linked with Nike, the collaboration between them and Thibodeaux on the NFT does not involve Nike in any waythe brand hasnt offered a public stance on the NCAA rule changes.

For the sportswear execs, two men who have given considerable money and energy to the University of Oregon, it is a move toward creating a more reciprocal relationship for athletes who bring in money at top schools without reaping direct financial benefits. They are keen here to play just within the rules, even though neither made history by adhering closely to them. Knight is more cunning than his bored, set gaze suggests, and Hatfield can be brazen, operating with a level of independence afforded by his storied career.

Their work with Thibodeaux is a hopeful experiment, a suggestion that talent at universities like Oregon deserve more than room, board, and tuition.

Everybody else is makingeverybody else meaning the advertisers, the NCAA, the coachestheyre all making millions and millions of dollars, Hatfield says. So Phil Knight has really been driving this particular project. And he called me up and said, Weve got to do something.

The NFT world is new territory for Hatfield, but that seems to be the kind of territory he is most comfortable in. If there is a new frontier he will be there, likely wearing a fedora. As a designer hes turned the invisible physical by exposing the cushioning on the first Air Max model in 1987, turned the theatrical practical when he made Marty McFlys self-lacing shoes a reality, and been involved in an incredible number of classic Nike shoes.

In this interview, he discusses his intentions with the Thibodeaux collaboration, his views on paying college athletes, the perks and pitfalls of exclusive footwear, the sneaker resell game, and more. It veers well beyond his day job as Nikes vice president of design and special projects, Hatfield narrating through different scenes and subcultures. The conversation has been edited and condensed, its wider tangents trimmed to better tame the wandering portfolio of Tinker Hatfield.

The project was made possible by the changes that allow players to profit off names, image, and likeness. How important is that to you that theyre able to get paid?I think its extremely important. Now, I was a full-ride athlete myself, in the 1970s, in track and field. And I remember, even though I was being taken care of within the rules of a full-ride scholarship. I mean, there was so much work involved.

Did you ever feel like you shouldve been compensated when you were at Oregon?I never thought about it, to be honest, because I was just happy to be on the University of Oregon track team. If I hadnt been injured my sophomore year, they were going to throw me out on the football field, too. But the reality was I just remember not having any money. I remember not being able to call up somebody and ask them out on a date because I couldnt afford to take them anywhere. And here I was with a full-ride scholarship. I was signing autographs, well-known around campus, and yet I wasnt definitely in the same situation as maybe other people. A lot of kids go have jobs during their schooling.

Did you have a job when you were there at the University of Oregon?No, no. I think thats cool because you actually can maybe accumulate some kind of way to pay for other things as you go through school. But my job was I barely could squeak by trying to be an architecture student. And then I got injured, and I was doing rehab. And of course there were the practices before and after and during, and the travel. There was quite a lot of time involved. So I felt like I had two jobs.

But the reality is, in todays world, the players, and lets just sort of look at football as an example. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago, there was probably less training, less film time, less practice time, less sort of, studying the opponent, less everything. So these players now, the number of hours they have to put in is probably double what it was.

Its a lot closer to a professional level.Yeah, it really is. And Im close to the program, and, of course, I know people from other programs. And I see it firsthand. And Im like, man, its incredible what these young people have to go through. Its the same in basketball and other sports. And its the same for the women. I think Phil Knight, again, has accurately identified something legal that we can do to help people do better financially while theyre in school. And we also know that for every athlete, male or female, that makes it beyond college, and maybe makes some money that way, there are a thousand that dont.

The sad part about the way the NCAA works, in my opinion, is that they dont have a post-college safety net for athletes who probably didnt have as much time to study and didnt make pros. Or if they did make the pros and they were out maybe a year or two, theyre kind of just floating around trying to figure out what theyre supposed to do next. I think thats something that we can help change. So thats why were doing this.

How did you land on the NFT thing?Well, Phil Knight called me, and he said, What do you know about NFTs? And I said, Not much.

Really? I wouldve thought that Phil Knight would be the guy who wasnt necessarily aware of the NFT world.He wasnt that much. Evidently, someone had mentioned to him that in the world of art there were some people making really enormous amounts of money selling these non-fungible tokens. I didnt even ask him how he knew about it. But he asked me what I knew, and I said, Not much. And he said, in his typical fashion, Well, figure it out because I need you to do something with Kayvon Thibodeaux. And he had identified Kayvon as a charismatic and, of course, very visible athlete. Hes somebody that we thought that we could work with. And it turned out to be the case. Hes fantastic. He was just at my house the other day.

A couple days ago, he came over, or drove up after the morning practice and film session. Drove up. And I had already had some of the images printed out. We signed a few together. Im not quite sure what his plan is. But the reality is, I did the art. I didnt even talk to him. He didnt even know I was doing it. I did the art. And then somebody contacted him, and I think he was game to do this whole thing. All these years, Ive been very careful not to contact athletes myself.

Youre not allowed to.Im not allowed to contact them. But if they call me or come over and say something to me, then I can engage in a conversation. But it has to be initiated by the athlete. So in this particular case, someone contacted him, and then he contacted me to find out more about what I had done.

And so then I sent him an image, and he liked it. I told him that we were already in the process of turning it into a non-fungible token. And I had to basically rely on a code-writing digital expert here that I know. He helped set up my account. And then you have to go through several steps. And then you have to mint the image. And then the idea was to then sell it. I sold it to Kayvon because I couldnt gift it to him. So even though the rules have changed, theres still something

You still cant give something to someone.I cant gift him anything. But the way it works through this cryptocurrency process is that we entered into an agreement. And he also had to enter into an agreement with the University of Oregon. And both entities, me as the artist, and the University of Oregon, because their logo is in this art, we took the minimum amount of the potential proceeds. So my take on it would be 12.5 percent. And the University of Oregon, at first, was going to do the same. But then they were able to do a special sort of one-time exclusion and got their take down to 10 percent.

But the reality is that Kayvon, when its all said and done, he owns this file. And lets just say he makes $100,000. He gets to keep roughly 78 percent of that. Thats the hope, is that it goes into a level thats actually meaningful.

Tinker, how much influence do you think Nike can have in these conversations about athletes being compensated at a college level?I did this just with Phil. Nike didnt even know about it. And there was a reason why that was the case. Nike has not really portrayed a position. And I think theyre working on it right now. So were careful, Im careful anyway, to distance ourselves from Nike.

And even though some of the media mentions Nike, Nike has really no involvement right now. And its partly because Nike has to craft some kind of position on the whole thing. So I think this thing happened pretty fast. And the rule change occurred, I think, on July 1. And I believe Nikes, again, trying to weigh the pros and cons of making a statement. So, what do you say?

We have so manywe meaning Nikehas these relationships with the NCAA and the actual universities. And they may or may not be very keen on all of this. But I want to be really crystal clear that this is Phil Knight and myself as individuals trying to help college athletes.

Do you think theres a future in which sneaker brands could give endorsement deals to college players? Is that something we might see in 10 years or less?Thats a great question. I thought about that but maybe for a minute. But it seems to me, to take out some of the ambiguity of the whole thing, that it would be fantastic if there was a policy that would allow company endorsements for the athletes. I think that would be an interesting solution. Now, I dont understand the legal issues, and of course the complexities of working with state and private institutions, and then of course those folks back in Indianapolis. But the reality is, it seems to me like there might be.

Well, Ill just say this. Phil Knight, hes a provocateur. He provokes change. Hes an innovator. Hes not a designer, but hes an innovative thinker. And I think that sometimes he gets a little bit frustrated with, I believe, institutions that dont think a little bit more outside the box. So I think this is maybe his way of poking the ant hill a little bit, and then maybe there will be a bigger and better solution. I dont want to speak for him, but thats just an impression that I have

I think one of the ways that college players have been quietly getting paid before all these changes is by selling exclusive sneakers theyll get from a big school like Oregon. Do you think athletes should be allowed to profit off that, or is that something separate to you?Well, the way it works at Oregon anyway, I cannot speak for any other school because I do these limited edition designs, Jordans in particular, for mens football and women and mens track and men and womens basketball. So those particular sports, I do these limited edition sneakers. And Nike pays for some of it. I pay for some of it. Its kind of a little bit loosey goosey about whos covering that cost.

Wait, Tinker, you pay for those sneakers out of your pocket?I do. Well, some of them. I mean, a certain amount, yes. I want to, personally, just contribute. And what it does is it shows a commitment on my part to do something good for the athletes.

But to read the rules for the whole sneaker thing is that they get to wear them, and they dont get to keep them until they are finished with their eligibility. So they wear them, and they check them back in to the equipment organization. So the equipment managers receive them back. Theyre all numbered. They have this elaborate sort of system of locks where they keep each athletes shoes in there.

And then depending on whatever the team or the athletes doing, they check them out. And then they get to wear them, and then they bring them back. Then once they are finished with their eligibility, then they get to keep them. And youre right. A lot of those athletes sell them to sneaker collectors. Im going to just throw a number out. Theres probably no more than about 300 pairs that might go to, say, the mens football program, and maybe a couple hundred to some of the other programs. Just fewer people. But we hold some back, by the way, for all the influencers and rappers and movie stars and whatever and pro athletes who call. As soon as one drops.

Do they call you directly?Oh, yeah. Ill be talking to somebody, and I wont mention any names, but Ill just tell you a story. Ill get a call from somebody famous, and I know they played at Texas or something. And Im like, So you want a University of Oregon limited edition Jordan?

Like, are you an Oregon fan now?And I said, But you went to Texas. How could you do that? And theyre like, Oh, no, no, no. This is not about that. This is about like these are, like, so cool. [Laughs.] And so Im like giving them a hard time. But then we definitely try to cover those people as best we can, because it definitely is, I guess youd say, an interesting storyline. But its also the publicity ratchets up depending on who wears them.

But for people who end up selling them, does that offend you on a personal level, or do you feel like thats still OK in this whole idea of athletes being able to profit in some way?No. I think its fine. Although sometimes I wonder if theyre not maybe short-sighted. Because if they held onto them, they not only maybe might appreciate them and keep them, or if they held onto them, they would actually appreciate in value. But they tend to not be very sophisticated so they just sell them to a collector. And there are all these people that track all this stuff and are calling them and whatever. And I think they undersell. The collectors know a whole lot more about it than the athletes.

But I will tell you a quick story. Several years ago, we were doing shoes for the football team. And then basketball season was coming around, and we did some shoes for the basketball team. And again, were talking about just a very limited number of shoes. And then Im like, theres the Pit Crew at Oregon.

I was on campus when the Pit Crew Jordan 3s first came out. That was a big moment for me personally. I remember later on, when the football players got the white pair, and there was a guy who lived in the apartment below me, and I saw he had them. Like, oh my God.Sometimes I still am amazed at how valuable people think these things are. So I was in contact with the president of the Pit Crew, and I said, Look, I have done up a Pit Crew version of these shoes, and he about fell. I could tell on the phone he about fell out of his chair. And I said, But heres the deal, I said, I want to encourage the Pit Crew to go to more than just mens basketball games. So heres how I want to do it. I want to send you 80 pairs, and you hand them outbeing the presidentyou hand them out to the people who have gone to more than just mens basketball.

In other words, kind of, he developed a point system. And the point system got you on the list to get a pair of Pit Crew Oregons. And by the way, those are some of the most sought-after because there werent as many.

Anyway, I sent the 80 pairs down. We sent them down, and they got handed out. And the idea was that when other people kind of got with the program and started going to support, say, womens volleyball or whatever, then wed send more. Because I had about, Im going to say, about 280 pairs, I think.

And I thought, well, the Pit Crew basically won these or earned them by going and supporting not just mens basketball but other sports, that theyd hold them in high regard and be very cool on campus if they wore them. Well, the very first weekend, six of those pairs went onto the secondary market. So I called up the president. I dont really follow this stuff, but I had people tell me, and so we looked it up. And sure enough, six out of the 80 pairs.

And I immediately called up the president, and I said, I am hereby suspending this entire program. And he was bummed. And I kept the other roughly 200 and, say, 20 pairs. So there were only 80 that actually went to the Pit Crew. But I said I considered it a failed experiment. Because theyre not playing sports, so they could sell them immediately, and some did. And they were going for a couple grand or whatever. But then they quickly escalated to like six or seven grand after the collectors got them.

So I just stopped. I said, Look, I cant do it. I am not a cash machine. Im not an ATM for the Pit Crew. Im just not going to do it that way. As much as I really appreciate the fact that theyre supporting the basketball team, I just told him, I cant do it.

So then what we started doing with the rest of the Pit Crew shoes was we started giving them out to other people. By the way, again, the influencers and rappers and pro players, and also certain people that are known sneaker collectors that were friends with, we just started judiciously sending them out. So they were leaked out or they were sent out in a very measured and slow fashion. And actually, I still have some. So those became very, very popular because of that extra level of exclusivity. So those six people who sold those sneakers blew it for the rest of the Pit Crew, in my opinion. And I think that the president felt a little bummed, obviously, about the whole thing. Because he probably should have encouraged them not to do that. But I dont know.

Its kind of something you expect at this point, where weve gotten to a place where any pair of remotely desirable sneakers is going to be resold. How do you feel about how big the whole sneaker resale market is at this point?I think its OK. Definitely its a bittersweet thing where you know that some people just love them, and they want to get them, and they search for them, and you find a guy like PJ Tucker, who plays for Milwaukee now. He was wearing a pair of shoes that was for another player. He just loves sneakers. He would never sell. You know what I mean? Hes got a huge collection. And I think thats really fun. And if he did sell them, it was kind of like, Well, Im trying to get this one versus that one. And there are all kinds of rock stars and rappers, like I said, and people. And sometimes they trade.

I just think its kind of fun overall. But I also realize that there are some more business-minded people that have figured out how to make hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year or so by using bots and getting exclusive sneakers before anybody else. And then, of course, its a business transaction. So that part maybe doesnt thrill me as much at all. But I think that was probably predictable. Right?

Yeah, like did we go too far? Did we do too much to make these things so desirable?Maybe so. I dont know. I mean, a lot of people used to well, not a lot. But I would get inquiries from people who would blame me for violence around sneakers. Like a kid gets their sneakers stolen, or gets beaten up, and maybe in some cases even severely injured. And they were trying to blame me or blame Nike for this phenomena. And my answer to the reporters that I did speak to about that was were just trying to do a great job with the design work, and were trying to create great performing shoes and also objects of desire. I think its more of a societal issue that people would commit violence to obtain something materialistic like that. So I tried to sort of move the conversation toward just lack of morals or just people with lack of opportunity, and this is one way they could get something valuable was to just beat somebody up and take their sneakers. So I mean, I just couldnt figure out any other way to describe my position. Were just trying to do great stuff. And we have no control once those sneakers go out.

Do you pay attention to the frustrations people have with it, like people getting frustrated over the Nike SNKRS app?Its a funny thing, I kind of keep my head down. And Im working on stuff all the time, inside and outside of Nike. So I dont really pay attention or understand the Nike app and sort of Nikes desire to get people to join in and then get access. I dont necessarily have an opinion about it because I try not to be, I guess you could say, distracted by that kind of thing.

But having said that, I dont know if in the long term its going to be a good thing or not. I mean, I think, of course, time will tell. I dont know numbers. I pretty much try to protect myself from knowing too much, because then, say, in an interview like this, I might say something thats inaccurate or maybe not in keeping with corporate policy. So its best if I dont even know half the time.

I just think its related to the NFT project youre doing, in a way, in terms of the whole ecosystem of sports and sportswear being so digital. Do you see more NFT things happening at Nike in the future?Yes. Again, Im not going to speak for Nike, but Ive already done two or three more art pieces for other players. They dont know about it. Weve actually created the NFT for them. But were sort of reluctant to start spitting them out too fast and too furious. But we want to learn from the Kayvon project before we get too much more aggressive about this whole thing. The plan, I think Phil and myself, I think we think that we can probably continue to do it. But I think its a sort of wait and see attitude a little bit until we try it again.

So weve been talking to Kayvon about the process of how he should handle this image, this file, the NFT, how he should handle it himself. He owns it, so its his property. And he can sell that entity or that, well, in this case, the artwork any way he wants. He can sell copies over and over and over again to literally hundreds of people who might want to have one of those posters. Or maybe hell find somebody that wants to own the file themselves and will pay a large amount of money. That remains to be seen.

Im, again, trying not to be too intrusive. I mean, Ive been talking to Phil, but Im trying not to influence the athlete much, because he owns it. Its his personal decision. And I think hes probably talking to all kinds of people about how he should do it. Hes just such a big and powerful guy, but hes also sharp as a tack, and he is putting a lot of thought into this. And hes also willing, which thats part of I think why Phil chose him is that I think Phil knew him enough to know that this guy could probably handle it and not let it mess with his mind. Hes very solid. Very solid young man.

Yeah, so NFTs, there might be some people that could get fully engrossed in this thing and spend all their waking hours trying to figure out what to do with it. But I think Kayvons way more sophisticated.

So youre in the NFT game. You had that Michelob collaboration before that. Can you talk about any other non-Nike projects youve been working on?Yeah. If you go on Zero Motorcycles website, the electric motorcycle company out of Santa Cruz, I collaborated [with them]. Zero Motorcycles is like the most successful of all the electric motorcycle companies. And theyve been at it for maybe 10 or 12 years, and theyve been doing quite well. They finally came out with this really monster super bike version of an electric, and I have one.

But anyway, I got contacted through a company here in Portland called Kamp Grizzly and an individual Peter Jasienski. Hes a friend of mine. He contacted me and said, Look, Zero would like for you to collaborate with a guy named Thor Drake, who owns See See Motor Coffee Shop here in Portland. Hes a well-known motorcycle modifier and he races. Hes a good businessman. Hes got this real cool brand called See See.

Anyway, we met. And then I did a bunch of drawings of what I thought how we could take this super bike that they had, which kind of looks like maybe like a real high-end Italian motorcycle, like something real snazzy. They wanted us to sort of modify it and make it into a show bike that was just super unique. And so we basically kind of steampunked it. He basically tore the whole bike apart, and based off my drawings and his own creativity, Zero now has this show bike that theyre about ready to start promoting around as kind of a brand image thing. So theres a little bit of a kind of Portland hipster punk, like people with tattoos. Its like a little bit of Portlandia somehow made it on this motorcycle. So Im pretty proud of that.

Are you saying youre a Portland hipster, Tinker?Im not. Im not. Some people might think that, but Im definitely too old, and live in a different circle of friends. However, Im a good observer. So I thought, well, why not tap into that vibe, if you will. So I did. So the seat and part of the motorcycle looks like tattoo art like youd see here in Portland. And Thor redid the tank, which is really basically a storage compartment. Because this is an electric bike, it doesnt really have a gas tank. But it looks like it has one. And he redid that in polished aluminum with rivets like an Airstream trailer. And we sent out the wheels to get painted in a wacky color.

The taillight, I sketched this up after looking at an electrical transition lining. Anyway, theres kind of a storyline around trying to think about electricity, Portland, and the fact that Santa Cruz is kind of cool and hipster-y as well, if you think about it. And I think its something they were really happy with. I think theyve actually started promoting this bike as like an art piece that helps with their branding. So itll go to shows and get photographed. I think its already started. They call it a collaboration between Zero, Thor Drake, and Tinker Hatfield.

Any chance we can get an HTM reunion, get the band back together?You know, I was just thinking about that. I went to a concert last night, first concert Ive been to in a while. And I was wearing a pair of HTMs.

What was the concert?Liv Warfield. She sent a tape in to Prince, and ended up becoming a backup singer for Princes all-girl backup band called 3rdeyegirl.

But anyway, so I went to that concert last night, and I ran into a bunch of musicians that were there that I know. And they all said, Oh, I cant believe youre wearing those HTMs out here in this dirty, gravely parking lot. Blah, blah, blah.

Which HTM sneaker was it?Its the one, its when Flyknit first became a technology for us.

HTM Lunar Trainer maybe.We did this wacky version. And by the way, Nike wasnt digging Flyknit, at first. So thats where HTM comes in kind of handy. We were able to basically introduce Flyknit to the world through HTM, because nobody else gets to make that decision but Mark and I and Hiroshi. So its called LunarEpic. It was a running shoe, but its really got this sort of extra tall collar on it.

Anyway, its an HTM project. And a bunch of people recognized it, and theyre just like, I cant believe youre wearing that out here and getting those things dirty. And I said, Oh, you know, Ill probably get another pair somewhere. Anyway, so that was fun. It was really a great experience last night, because none of us probably had seen very much live music until just now.

So this woman, young lady, wasnt even a real performer. But she somehow got connected with Prince. And he was so impressed that he heard her and she became a regular in his band. And I remember, we had Prince play for a Michael Jordan party at the last time the NBA All-Star game was in New York, a few years back.

Did they play basketball together? Because I know Prince played basketball.[Laughs.] I dont know. Thats a good question.

Shes become this incredibly powerful performer. And she spent some time here in Portland on the track team before she decided to become a singer, or became a singer. And shes killer good.

So she killed it. She was a track athlete. Shes from, I dont know, back east. But she came out to Portland State to be a pentathlete. And then I think she got married or had a baby here. And she started singing in a band with local musicians. And they said she was so nervous she wouldnt even face the audience at first.

Anyway, somehow Prince saw a recording of her doing something and was smitten, and hired her. And now, of course, she has a few years under her belt, and shes killing it. It was funk. It was a little bit of Prince-like music, but it was more funk and soul and blues. And she hired almost all of herjust for that performancealmost all of her old bandmates that were here, to perform with her. And it was just unbelievable. And I actually know almost all of those people, just because of the music scene.

I gotta go back. Is Michael Jordan a Prince fan then? Because I feel like you wouldve designed a purple pair of Jordans for him at some point.[Laughs.] Well, yes, he is a Prince fan. And Im sure he still is even though, of course, Prince is gone. But the story about Prince showing up and performing, he brought his whole band, 3rdeyegirl. As I understand it, he didnt really want to do the gig because he had to bring everybody from Minneapolis or whatever. The last second, he finally agreed to do it.

His set, this big huge party, started at 1 in the morning. I got advance notice. It was in this big building where there were different things going on in different parts of the building, different floors. Like Ariana Grande was doing something somewhere. And there were all kinds of celebrities all over the place. But I got a tip that Prince was going to play. And then we found out what part of the building he is. And were talking about maybe 200 people. Hes playing to 200 people, which would be intimate for him.

So I was standing right underneath his microphone. Three-foot high stage, his microphone, and Im looking right up at him. It was incredible. But Michael was, like, two people behind me, and he was grooving. He was having a good time. So yeah, hes a Prince fan, for sure.

Did you give Prince a pair of sneakers?I didnt. But we have an entertainment marketing guy named Reggie Saunders. Maybe you know him.

A legend. Reggie is a legend. Ive never met him personally, but his name is paraded around so much.Oh, he knows everybody, and he takes care of everybody. So Reggie has sent a lot of stuff to Prince. And Reggie was the one who actually kept kind of working the beat to get Prince to show up, so he deserves a lot of credit for that. And it was a marvelous performance. And I think Prince passed away just two or three months after that. Thats my recollection, it could be off by a month or two.

So Michael was, Id say, its safe to say hes a pretty big Prince fan. And his wife Yvette was definitely a Prince fan. They were just boogying behind me. And Im standing next to Queen Latifah. On the other side of me is Chris Rock. The scene was just ridiculous.

I want to take it back to Oregon real quick, because we actually ran a story about Oregon Air Jordans and things like that, and one of our writers had talked to Dennis Dixon about his experiences with those shoes. And he mentioned that there was some moment where Michael Jordan had some criticism around the Jumpduck logo that turned the Jumpman logo into a duck.Oh, yeah. He did not like it at all. He said, Dont mess with my logo.

So Michael Jordans a Prince fan but not an Oregon Ducks fan.[Laughs.] I would say that he is definitely a North Carolina fan, and Im not so sure hes a Duck fan. Lets put it that way. He really objected. I did it without asking him. I turned the Oregon Duck into the Jumpman. And you probably saw it on the back of one of those limited edition shoes. And he called me up and gave me hell for it, so I agreed not to do it again.

But Im one of those people that just goes ahead and does whatever I want and asks for forgiveness after the fact because I dont like being told no. You know what I mean? So I dont mind being scolded for having done something, but I dont like to be told no. So I tend to operate that way anyhow.

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