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August 28, 2009

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Those portions are still served with your meal at the truck stops. I find myself at one way too often. Great widow maker menus still live on.

Wasn't there a 'Trader Vic's' restaurant downstairs? I remember my grandmother always used to stay there whe she cam to visit.

Oh no sir, that is the Hotel Vintage Plaza and Hotel Lucia now, they wouldn't be caught dead serving a continental breakfast. But Pazzo is pretty good!

Justin, Trader Vic's was at the Benson. About where the steak house is now. I really miss that place. Anyone know where the closest one is?

I remember in 1981 $28 for 2 rooms there. Breakfast pancakes you could roll yourself up in...

Memories....

When I came to Portland from San Francisco to operate one of Bill Failing's failing radio stations, we put the studio in the lobby of the Imperial. The hotel was owned by the Gentner family. Cattle and sheep ranchers from Eastern Oregon often came in and made that their "big city" headquarters while in Portland. We called the station, Kool Jazz, KKUL. We didn't make much of a "splash". Ron Tonkin was one of our biggest fans but, unfortunately, not a big financial supporter. That was the trouble with jazz radio..loved by many, supported, financially, by very few. It was the same story when I was sales manager for KJAZ in San Francisco. --a HUGE following, very limited revenue.

Roger W. Morgan
Paradise 93.5 FM Radio
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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