5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. / Portland, OR, 97211
Monday, February 25, 2019
6 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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6 pm doors, 7 pm eventFree. First come, first served. Arrive early!All ages welcome
Presented by Fred Leeson, retired Oregonian journalist and
G. Meyer is one of Oregon’s greatest entrepreneurs and a national leader in the
“one-stop-shopping” phenomenon that merged full-line grocery stores with
clothes, shoes, hardware, sporting goods, small appliances and many other
retail categories. With no more than a grade-school education, Meyer
built a multi-state retail empire during a career that spanned nearly 70 years
in Portland. Though well-known from his pleasant appearances at store
openings, Meyer was an aggressive, relentless retail genius who never spoke of
his ethnic history, early business failures, obscure religious beliefs or his
family difficulties. Speaker Fred Leeson’s presentation will peel back
the layers of this brilliant and multi-dimensional personality.
Leeson was a newspaper reporter for nearly 40 years for the Oregon Journal
and Oregonian in Portland. His journalistic assignments included
local governments, courts, business news and Portland neighborhood
issues. He reported on the sale of Fred Meyer Inc. after Meyer’s death
and multiple lawsuits that followed it. After retiring from the
newspaper, he learned of a trove of Meyer-related transcripts and memorabilia
that had been kept at the Oregon Historical Society. This prompted his research
for his book, My-Te Fine Merchant; Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution.
*Photo Credit: Oregon Historical Society
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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