Portland July 30, 2017
Some People Don’t Know That Portlanders Were The First To Do These 5 Things
Portlanders may lead the country in recycling, food culture, and keeping things weird, but these are 5 things that residents of our great city were actually the first in the world to create. While the list is not long, the mark on society is significant and lasting.
1. Chainsaw Chains
Portlanders know a thing or two about trees. Back in the heyday of logging, Portland inventor and businessman Joseph Buford Cox invented the chipper type chain for chain saws. Basing his design on the C-shaped jaws of the larva of the timber beetle, Cox's design is still in use today.
Long before Wikipedia took over the internet, Portland computer programmer Ward Cunningham developed the world's first wiki. Cunningham is a leader in design patterns and extreme programming, and programmed WikiWikiWeb in 1994.
3. The Computer Mouse
American engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart hails from Portland, and under his guidance at Augmentation Research Center Lab in SRI International, the computer mouse was invented. He was also in charge of projects that resulted in the creation of hypertext, networked computers and graphical user interfaces, making his substantial mark on the internet, computers, and the world.
4. The Simpsons
Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, introduced the world to this lovable family and continues to tell their story today. The Simpsons is notable as the longest-running prime time show in history, as well as the longest-running animated series and sitcom.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight hails from Portland and created one of the largest global sports brands in world. Nike's "swoosh" logo is one of the most recognizable logos in the world. Knight also owns the stop-motion film company Laika.
Do you know of any other Portland firsts? Feel free to share below!
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