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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Readers will get the last word

Our final post on this blog, for an indefinite period, will be our weekly music video tomorrow afternoon. We're planning to let readers leave comments on recent posts until late next Tuesday night, but at that point commenting will cease, and this site will go into archive mode for a year or more.

We'll miss the blog and its many denizens until we get back to it. But our life is cycling back to being a complete tax nerd for a while, and that feels righter by the minute. It's familiar territory, but we'll be much better at our job as an author and researcher having spent so much time here.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words they have left here over the past week and a half. We know we went fishing for compliments, but still, they mean a lot.

Comments (18)

Go have fun. You're not obligated to entertain us, and I figure we'll have some surprises for you when you get back.

After 10 1/2 years of incredibly valuable public service, I think you're entitled to a little fishing on the Compliment River.

BTW, are you going to let anyone else into your noncharitable underdog pool this year? I will really miss that feature of the blog.

Jack, congratulations on your writing gig.
Me? I'm selflessly devastated with the Blog going into hiatus.
Besides my daily life line back to my hometown, I will miss the community feeling the Blog brought with the commentators, such as TTR, Bill McDonald, Tenskwatawa, Mr. Grumpy, Gibby, et al. I feel like I got to know them as much as I did you.
I do have one wish, well, actually two: One, you have got to have a Christmas break, you just have to, so I hope we have a Virtual Christmas Party during the Holiday Season so we can get caught up. Two, somehow, I would like to see the Buck-a-Hit tradition somehow go forward, be it a way to donate to the six charities you have designated over the years.
Best wishes Jack.

We're all better for reading BoJack, we'll be lesser (informed) for the hiatus. Vaya con Dios.

Can you share some insight into what your upcoming work(Legal) is all about? So far your description has inferred greatness(?), but no details.....why not?
Like all of your readers at Blog Central, you will be missed greatly by me. Good luck and good cheer.

Heh, heh, heh... You said, "cycling." Heh, heh, heh...

Here's what I wrote on your fifth anniversary, six years ago: "My conservative friends think the Big O is a liberal rag. My liberal friends think it's a conservative rag. We don't mention WW. But no one, not a single one, rags on this blog. Rave yes, rag no. Keep up the common sense Jack."

What I wrote six years ago is still true today.

I'll miss the blog and your insights. I'm reminded of the period when Mike Royko quit Chicago Sun-Times when Rupert Murdoch took it over. Hopefully, your writing incited people to get off their duff and do something positive.


Because he cares and the need to protest is in his blood I predict Jack will only last a couple months at most and will be back in some capacity.

Something will happen which he won't be able to resist.

At least I hope.

Our collective hopes have been dashed. April first has come and gone and we now know that Jack's decision was not an April Fool's gag.

Jack, you have provided an invaluable public service. I have visited this site several times a day, every day, for a decade and it has always been excellent. No one has done a better job than you of questioning the politburo style press releases of local government, which the local media, sadly, usually just publishes as news.

On a personal note, I want to thank you for posting my guest opinions and supporting my quest for City Council back in 2006.

My voter's pamphlet statement had the following line:

"I'm a Listerine"... Jack Bogdanski, Jack Bog's blog.

I was very proud of that endorsement.

Over the last several years I have evolved from a casual observer to a hardcore fan of this blog. At this point, I check it more than once a day. You even let me contribute once when I forwarded you some photos and you posted them the very next day.

I am sad, even depressed to see you go, as there really is no other voice in Portland quite like yours. I have learned a lot from your vigilant reporting and consider myself the wiser for having read your posts. I am now "on alert" to discern the real story behind official story.

Best wishes in your pending work, Jack. I can't wait to hear that your back in the saddle right here. To be honest, the city, the state and the community needs you.

Bogdanski for mayor.

Over the last several years I have evolved from a casual observer to a hardcore fan of this blog. At this point, I check it more than once a day. You even let me contribute once when I forwarded you some photos and you posted them the very next day.

I am sad, even depressed to see you go, as there really is no other voice in Portland quite like yours. I have learned a lot from your vigilant reporting and consider myself the wiser for having read your posts. I am now "on alert" to discern the real story behind official story.

Best wishes in your pending work, Jack. I can't wait to hear that you're back in the saddle right here. To be honest, the city, the state and the community needs you.

It's all about the walk Jack. Enjoy your next leg of the journey.

Even those public servants whom you've needled from time to time would privately acknowledge that you've pursued the public interest. It's something that the city should recognize -- maybe the council will name a streetcar after you.

Thanks so much for all the great info. I'll miss your unique writing style.


Best wishes to you, Jack. You and your blog will be missed. You will leave a dark, cavernous hole... That no one else will fill. I wish that I would have discovered you many years ago, I am a latecomer to the party. Take care. I wish you joy and health in your future. Sayonara.

Jack - I was busy yesterday and am posting this a day late, but I hope you'll read it.

As I read through the comments above, I agreed with everyone about the great good you have done for the public by giving voice to the truth - shining a light into dark corners. Nothing could be more important for keeping or restoring our liberties.

But I have to give mention to your personal essays - the short anecdotes and the longer pieces filled with memories and more current events and thoughts. Your writing is superb. You engage the reader's emotions without being overtly emotional. Your words hit the mark and can gladden, sadden, or just make one think or remember what once was. We were lucky to have enjoyed snippets of your life that you generously shared with us.

I would like to encourage you to pull together these writings and put them into a book. Even if it just for your family, it will be priceless. My father wrote his memoirs at age 90 - I am glad he lived that long to be able to finish his book. All of his stories and colorful past are saved for generations to come and encompass tales of what Portland was like pre-depression and beyond. You will add to your collection over time, but the writing you have done so far- everything from your seeing President Ford at Stanford, moving to Portland, McCartney marrying a woman from a family who made their money from trucking in NJ, and taking your daughter to a soccer game... is a wonderful read. Maybe there is a best seller in there, but if you haven't done so already, do it for your family.

Glad you are leaving the site up - the archives will be a good read when you are gone. On hiatus I mean. Thanks.

I've been dreading this day for 2 weeks now. Tomorrow will be sad...........


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