Vortex Photo: Courtesy Gerry Lewin

↑ #1
1970
Governor Tom McCall orchestrates Vortex I, an instantly legendary, drug-laced free music festival, to distract would-be antiwar protesters. Where was he during Occupy?

↑ #2
1961
Meier & Frank starts selling Wham-O’s brand-new Slip ’N Slide for a mere $6.66. Pre-PlayStation youth exults.

↓ #3
1967
At an average 83.6 degrees, our hottest summer on record. Unfortunately, not all moods lift—racially charged riots cause massive damage in North Portland.

↑ #4
1977
Our greatest sports summer begins with the Trail Blazers’ NBA championship and ends with soccer legend Pelé’s swan-song game at Civic Stadium. Recent sports seasons make this one look better and better.

↓ #5
1968
Newsweek hails Portland as “the Hippie’s New Nirvana,” and the city braces for an influx of 20,000 “San Francisco longhairs.” Sadly, the invasion never occurs; cultural tension is limited to local kids and their dads.

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1957
Elvis gyrates at Multnomah Stadium (now JELD-WEN Field). The Oregonian reports “ear-splitting tumult.”

↓ #7
EVERY SUMMER BEFORE 1910
Portland’s frontier conditions cause “the summer complaints.” With diarrhea, cholera, and dysentery rampant, our earliest summers have a very steep PR hill to climb.

↓ #8
1888
Worse than dysentery? Pioneer brewer Henry Weinhard promises free beer to flow from Skidmore Fountain—and is forced to renege, ruining what could have been Portland’s best summer ever.

This article appeared in the August 2012 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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