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CulturePulp celebrates 35 years in print with a delightful look back at all the ridiculous crap that was obsessing Portlanders in the '70s.

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. For those readers who didn't grow up in Portland, OR in the 1970s, here are a handful of explanatory links:

a. Ramblin' Rod: Willamette Week obituary and Wikipedia entry

b. Bill Walton: NBA biography and Wikipedia entry

c. Blazers Coach Jack Ramsay: Wikipedia entry

d. Organ Grinder Pizza: Puget Sound Pipeline entry and "Pizza Pete and the Restaurant of Doom"

e. "Kite Man": Discussed here and here (please note that I apparently flubbed the gender of the kid who says "I like frogs!")

f. The "Expose Yourself to Art" photograph: Photographic Image Gallery remembrance

g. The Bigfoot "Patterson film": A detailed description from 1996 and a Wikipedia entry that touches on an apparent confession of the hoax

h. The Taurean monster (a.k.a. the giant caveman alien) from "The Galileo Seven": Discussed here, here and here

i. "In Search of ...": episode guide

j. D.B. Cooper: Wikipedia entry and a discussion of the case at Outside Online

k. The exploding whale and Paul Linnman: Official description (with video!) and Wikipedia entry

l. "Bumpity": The Bumpity Page and the "Bumpity Returns" website, where you can purchase a documentary on the history of this children's-show character (much, much more on Bumpity next week)


Lettering too small? You can download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 37 right here: CulturePulp37a.pdf

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