Jim Carner was born on February 19th, 1952 and grew up in New Jersey. He went to Reed College for a while, which is where I met him. He certainly was an interesting person, an erudite connoisseur, and much more. We were close friends for years. Aside from being a reliable and conscientious purveyor of drugs to a privileged community of friends (let's face it), he is remembered in Portland for his activity as a concert promoter (a "budding impressario" as Rick Mitchell called him in a Willamette Week article) who brought King Sunny Adé to the Masonic Temple one unforgettable night in 1983, with Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson as the opening act. People still treasure their copies of the gorgeous 11x17" poster for that concert. He died of a heroin overdose on Sunday, October 13th, 1985. I am not the only person in the world who remembers Jim Carner with love.
Here's another picture of Jim Carner, taken by Beth Keegan. He was in the doorway of his little house on SE 37th Ave.
last updated November 17th, 2013 by Jan Chciuk-Celt
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