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Fred Leeson is a journalist and author who has lived in Portland, Oregon, almost steadily since his arrival as an adolescent in 1961. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from the Lewis & Clark Law School. Leeson was a reporter at the Oregon Journal from 1972 to 1982, and at the Oregonian from 1982 to 2007.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Leeson shopped at Fred Meyer stores at Hawthorne, Rose City, Walnut Park and Hollywood. To-day, he lives close to Hollywood West, which he visits frequently. In 1973, Leeson, then 24, spent about an hour interviewing Fred Meyer, who was 87. During those minutes, Meyer displayed many of the traits reflected in this book.
Leeson’s earlier books are Rose City Justice, a history of the Portland legal community, and Multnomah, a history of Multnomah County, written with Jewel Lansing.
At the time of this writing, Leeson was president of the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, an architectural preservation education and advocacy organization that owns and operates the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon.