Jim Bartko: 1965-2020

Jim Bartko: 1965-2020

Editor’s note: This is the Jim Bartko obituary that appeared in The Register-Guard March 19, 2020. Jim Bartko, a former University of Oregon associate athletic director who was instrumental in the school’s rise to prominence as a collegiate sports power and brand, died Monday. He was 54. Bartko collapsed after working out on Sunday at the Oakway Fitness Center. Paramedics transported him to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart...

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Two foul balls go gently into Dylan Thomas’ ‘good night’

Two foul balls go gently into Dylan Thomas’ ‘good night’

Daughter-in-law Deena, here with our son, Jason, and their three boys. When a foul ball flies toward you, a spectator, there’s not much time to prepare. It’s pretty much instincts. Either you try to catch the ball or try to get out of the way, right? But on May 29, the foul ball at Sheldon High that shot into the air like a NASA rocket launch and arced over the estimated 45-foot-high screen and toward me wasn’t so simple. Though the...

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After 900 miles on the PCT, 10 lessons I’ve learned

After 900 miles on the PCT, 10 lessons I’ve learned

As a Pacific Crest Trail section hiker, I don’t deserve — nor would I want — to wash the sweat-soaked socks of the “thru hikers” who go 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada each year. They’re major leaguers; I’m the kid in the Prince Puckler baseball toss at Ems games who misses the entire board with my throw. But having just ­finished another section — 217 miles from just north of the Columbia River to ­Snoqualmie Pass east of...

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To Haiti, with, I thought, love

To Haiti, with, I thought, love

From the April 3, 2016 Register-Guard By Bob Welch It was March Madness season. She Who Was Leaving Me had packed her bags and was ready to go. My job was to shuttle her, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law to Portland International Airport, where they were headed to Haiti on a medical mission. That’s when I remembered I’d forgotten. The card. Midway through the 10-day trip, a surprise “mail call” was traditionally offered, where the 17...

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> Beachside/Yachats 2016

Award-winning authors Bob Welch (nonfiction) and Jane Kirkpatrick (fiction) join print-on-demand specialist Roger Hite for Beachside Writers Workshop’s flagship event of the year. The three-day workshop will inspire, inform and affirm you as a writer, whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned vet. At Beachside, we aren’t about competition or putting people on the spot. We’re about making you comfortable with the idea of being a writer...

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