I was sitting at West Cafe having lunch with my dear friend April Severson, when who should pop by but one of our former Governors?
He informed us that “someone” had recently asked him who his list of top 10 Oregonians would be. I can’t imagine who would have asked him this, but in any case, he said he hadn’t finalized his list, but he had the first 5. So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:
A former Governor of Oregon’s Top 5 Oregonians (in the order he listed them, he said I could quote him on this)
1. Phil Knight
2. Dan Wieden
3. Thomas Lauderdale
4. April Severson
5. Arlene Schnitzer
So there you have it – I already knew that April is mighty special, but it’s always nice to hear it from unsolicited outside sources.
“They broke the mold after making this one,” he said.
I couldn’t agree more!
Update: There is a lot of well-deserved scandal surrounding this former Governor, and for the life of me I can’t understand why he got away with what he did for so long. I do not at all condone his actions, and I never have. I’ve met him exactly one time in my life, and that was this run-in at a cafe in 2012 that lasted approximately 2 minutes. That doesn’t change the fact that I agree that my friend April is amazing and deserves to be on anyone’s top 5 list of the best of our state.
Thinking my friend awesome is a credit to him, but it doesn’t mean that it erases the child rape that he and his cronies called “an affair,” and it in no way means I’m trying to “rally support for him.” I’ve received a lot of hateful comments on this blog post, some even saying that they hope my daughter is raped so that I understand the damage that this governor caused. I find that threatening, don’t you? I’ve deleted all those comments and keep hoping the vehemence stops being directed at me. These people are clearly still very upset with this governor (rightly so, mind you), but completely misguided in thinking I have any connection to him. Seriously, the extent of my conversation with the man was to politely acknowledge his presence because that’s what you do when you meet people. I’m not one of his cronies, I’m not a fan of his, and I’ve never said that I was.
I’m sorry this post – meant solely as bragging on my friend April – has caused so much confusion, especially when the result is people suggesting my child should be molested. I have a lot more to say about that, but I’m experiencing that anger that makes my vision go blurry, which is a good time to walk away.