Heroes and rascals...shipwrecks and lost gold...
Since 2008, the Offbeat Oregon History syndicated newspaper column has entertained and informed Oregonians with the weirdest, quirkiest, funniest, and most outrageous true stories in the surprisingly long history of their young state. Now, for the first time, those stories have been collected together, re-researched, augmented with freshly discovered information, and presented to listeners in audiobook form - starting with this volume, in which we've selected the most inspirational heroes, the most scurrilous rascals, and the most hilariously quirky mavericks of our state.
Highlights of this volume include:
- Heroes like Robert Pamphlet, the Canadian rumrunner who rescued a boat full of shipwrecked mariners - and was sent to prison for it...
- Rascals like Joseph "Bunco" Kelley, the legendary Portland waterfront shanghaier, opium smuggler, and all-around underworld entrepreneur...
- Mavericks like Art Lacey, the man who smuggled a war-surplus B-17 bomber past the watchful eyes at City Hall and installed it proudly over the pumps at his Milwaukee gas station...
And over 50 others.
Some of the biggest rogues were gentlemen ...
...and some of the biggest gentlemen were rogues.
This audiobook was a delightful, amusing and sometime eyebrowing raising romp through stories of scamps, scoundrels, saviours, and 'stand-up' men and women in Old and not so Old Oregon. I'd enjoyed the author's Wicked Portland as an audiobook and was thrilled to be introduced to such an amazing cast of characters of both genders. Men certainly don't have the copyright on knavery and skullduggery.
Sometimes you might think that when it comes to narrating a book, it's wise not to let the author near it. I'm glad Fiinn J D John read the book. He is a superb reader with a great sense of pace and pausing and a lightness of voice. I'm still laughing days after I finished book.
Please sir, can we have some more?!?