Keep Portland Unique. There’s a headline that just doesn’t read right.

But, our city’s inimitable catchphrase almost wasn’t. Really.

Adding to the weirdness, our famous aphorism (weird word) was inspired by a similar slogan that originated in the capital city of Texas. Yes. That’s right, y’all! Texas. A state about as Un-Portland as Alabama, Mississippi or Kansas.

Terry Currier, owner of Portland’s legendary Music Millennium, had a friend in Austin. Thankfully, for those of us who embrace our atypical (or untypical) national autograph, Terry knew how to use a telephone.

If you’d like to know more, take a listen to my enlightening (and weird) conversation with Terry Currier.