From mountains to mall clocks and neon horses.Byline: Bob Welch / The Register-Guard
The ides of March Ides of March
Caesar killed by opposing factions (44 B.C.). [Rom. Hist.: EB, 3: 575–580]
See : Assassination
Ides of March
15 March; prophesied as fateful for Caesar. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
See : Omen are nearly upon us, as are the latest questions that keep readers awake. Such as:
Question. What size lens was used for the Feb. 27 photo in The Register-Guard of the North and Middle Sister? The mountains looked huge.
Answer. Photographer Brian Davies took the photo from Greenhill Road using a 600mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter A teleconverter is a secondary lens which is mounted between the camera and a photographic lens. Its job is to enlarge the central part of an image obtained by the objective lens. . That makes an effective focal length of 840mm - `the same effect as using binoculars," Davies says.
Q. Why do Eugene School District Eugene School District (4J) is a public school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It serves the city of Eugene Elementary schools
A. "It's not intentional, it's just the way the software came," says Sherri Morgan, manager of student information systems. Either way, she notes, a segment of parents will be "left out."
Q. Just east of Autzen Stadium, on Centennial Boulevard, there's a short wood pole along the sidewalk with a white can on it. What is it?
A. It's a `repeater box" owned by ADC (1) See A/D converter.
(2) (Apple Display Connector) A peripheral connector from Apple that combines digital video display, USB and power in one cable. Telecommunication of Shakopee, Minn., and used to help power Digital Subscriber Lines for the Internet.
Q. At the Eugene Water & Electric Board recently, I noticed there's a bunch of nice art hanging from various surfaces. Who did it?
A. More than two dozen local artists. The 30 pieces of art were either acquired or commissioned when the building was constructed in 1987-88 and have been there since.
Q. Why are there no clocks in Valley River Center Valley River Center is a shopping mall located in Eugene, Oregon. As the largest shopping center south of Portland and north of San Francisco, this mall comprises over 130 local and national stores and restaurants. ?
A. "There's no underlying meaning behind our not having clocks," marketing manager Amy Bresler says. "I suppose it was more of an architectural decision."
Q. I know the Eugene Celebration parade was months ago, but this is still bugging me: Who is that guy each year who dresses like a drum major and is followed by an old Datsun with big, booming speakers?
A. Alfonso Stapler sta·pler 1
One who deals in staple goods or staple fibers.
a device used to fasten things together with a staple
Noun 1. , the Eugene Celebration Drum Corps drum major. Stapler and the drummers do about a dozen parades a year. The guy looks about 35 or 40. "The amazing thing is he's 52 and dances and leaps at all these parades," says Al Sanford, the corps' producer/director.
Q. Does the Oregon Festival of American Music Oregon Festival of American Music is an eclectic, thematically-based two-week summer music festival that has been held annually in Eugene, Oregon since 1992. Produced by The John G. plan to significantly alter the exterior of the old First Baptist Church First Baptist Church may refer to many churches: Canada
A. Not the original (1926) brick part of the building, says Jim Ralph, the organization's executive director. And the church's name etched high on the original structure will stay to honor the building's original intent, he says. But the building's 1960 "add-on" will be changed significantly, becoming an atrium.
Q. What became of the neon horses that once graced Interstate 5 in the mid-'90s?
A. Artist Martin Anderson's creations, which attracted national attention in 1993-94, last came out to romp in late 1999 and early 2000 between Yachats and Lincoln City. They're available for sale at Seal Rock's Triad Gallery on Highway 101, the large horses going for $6,500.
Q. The weekly column of Norman Solomon, a leftist left·ism also Left·ism
1. The ideology of the political left.
2. Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left.
left media critic, disappeared from The Register-Guard last fall. It was immediately picked up by Eugene Weekly, and even more quickly dropped. Is something sinister going on here?
A. Only if sinister is defined as making what you think is the best choice for the bulk of your readers.
"We decided we have better uses for the space," says Jack Wilson, editorial page editor of The Register-Guard.
The Weekly ran Solomon once - it was a freebie free·bie also free·bee
An article or service given free: "such freebies as subway and bus maps" New York. - but Editor Ted Taylor chose not to continue the column for space reasons. "We'd love to pick him up but it'd mean deleting a local columnist and we're unwilling to do that," he says.
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