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Positively Entertainment & Dining

14634 SE Market Ct

Portland, Oregon 97233

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Collection Officer

Internal Revenue Service

Field Officer

I.R.S.

Education

BA

Economics

Cal. State Long Beach

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Positively Entertainment and Dining -- Feature Stories

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RON RUEDI - JOYFUL SURVIVOR

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Ron Ruedi & the Hurricanes - Photo by Bruce Polonsky
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Ron Ruedi's popularity demands a large venue.
For well over ten years, Ron Ruedi was a one-man band act at the now-defunct Satellite Lounge in the Rockwood/Gresham area.He was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for playing at least three instruments simultaneously for 29 hours, one minute on December 3-4, 1976, at a children's charity fund-raiser in Columbia, Maryland.
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Ruedi took no breaks, playing hundreds of songs with no repetition.The performance took a toll on his body, leaving him with blisters and swollen feet and hands, along with exhaustion hallucinations part of the way through, but he survived.Such intensity is typical of Ruedi's performances.
Ruedi generally limits himself to just the electric guitar these days.Now he has a kickass rock'n'roll band (The Hurricanes) to fill out the sound.
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By the early 1960s, barely into his teens, Ruedi was playing classic surf-rock instrumentals with Dick Dale.
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Finally, Ruedi asked if the audience was showing up for the headliners and going away when the opening act started."No.We just play as though every show was our last day on earth."Ron Ruedi learned from that attitude and plays that way today.Even if there are only a few people listening (a very rare event), he puts his heart and soul into the music and the performance.
Along the way, Ruedi earned a BA in Economics at Cal. State Long Beach (taking as many as 22 credits per term), and also served two years in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam.He maintains his pride in the Marine Corps; on patriotic holidays (especially around the November 10 anniversary of the birth of the Marines), he sometimes performs in his old uniform, which still fits him well because he clearly works out and stays in excellent shape.With the demands he puts on himself on stage, he can only keep up the pace by staying in shape.Ruedi lives a healthy and drug-free life (including no nicotine or alcohol), but has a metabolism that brings a hyperkinetic intensity to every gig.Dancers in the audience get a workout at each show, too.
The past few years have brought Ruedi a series of setbacks that would make many less determined musicians despair.First, there was the visit to the doctor who had the old "good news, bad news" line for him.The good news: The source of Ruedi's health problem at the time was identified.The bad news: The problem was a large brain tumor; he was given little chance of recovering from an operation and only a few months to live without the operation.Ruedi went through the 15-hour operation, dying once on the operating table.After the operation, he had to learn to walk, talk and write again.The only thing unimpaired was his music.
Later, Ruedi again ended up in the hospital with spinal meningitis, this time dying and revived twice.In one of his death-events, he had an out-of-body experience, leaving his body, then the hospital and even the earth.He was disappointed when he came back to earth and to his body, but received a message on the way back.God told him: "Do your music."Considering the source of the command, he was not inclined to disobey.But yet again, he had to learn to walk, talk, and write again.And yet again, the only thing unimpaired was his music.
Audiences are all glad that Ruedi came back and that he chose to follow his music.As a deeply spiritual person, Ruedi considers bringing joy and excitement to audiences through his music to be a blessing from God.Whatever one's beliefs, listening to him is a blessing.
When told that Ron Ruedi would be the feature article in Positively Entertainment, Pat Pattee of KISN radio fame could only say: "It's about time."
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Ruedi was much more humble, merely appreciating the attention with a somewhat perplexed attitude.It is clear that he is more comfortable with people knowing about him through hearing his music than reading about him.He deserves to be heard.Appreciation follows easily and naturally.
As a guitarist, Ruedi pulls out techniques that are startling.He knows the standard licks and adds his own flavor to his playing.He will do an open-string solo using his left hand on his whammy-bar.Later, he will put his guitar pick in his teeth and intricately finger-pick his electric guitar on a rock'n'roll number, where most lesser guitarists just strum power chords.
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In addition to a great musician and performer, Ron Ruedi is also a very charming, kind and funny person.His great long reminiscences of performances and the musicians he has known can bring one to tears laughing.As a result, talking to him can be almost dangerous.Cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing, eyes water.Life becomes a sacrament in and of itself.Considering the troubles Ruedi has seen, it is at once surprising and comforting.
On the other hand, Reudi has a serious side, spending much volunteer time with children's organizations, probably due to his foster home upbringing.


Positively Entertainment and Dining -- Feature Stories

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Ron Ruedi delivers hot, one-man act at Tippy CanoePositively Entertainment and Dining -- Feature Stories

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RON RUEDI
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This weekend offered music from Ron Ruedi, a talented performer who plays guitar, bass and the drums all at once.Ruedi broke records in the Guinness Book of World Records three times consecutively.While he plays three instruments, he sings hits from BB King to Kool and the Gang, an act you must see.
Ruedi works for the Internal Revenue Service and has entertained for 30 years.You haven't seen rock and roll until you've seen his amazing one-man band act.
There is also a personal side to Ruedi that many may not know; he suffered a brain tumor and spinal meningitis, but fought through it to continue as the one-man band he is.Ruedi had to learn how to walk and talk all over again.Somehow, he fought his way back to singing professionally.
Tippy Canoe offers a wide variety of appetizers and full-course meals.The appetizers include more than just chips and dip; they range from oysters to sautéed mushrooms.
This writer's conclusion is that you owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy an evening at Tippy Canoe.No matter what part of town you come from, you will enjoy the scenic ride there.It doesn't make any difference how old you are, Troutdale's hospitality will make you feel right at home.


Local icon Ron Ruedi serves ...

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Local icon Ron Ruedi serves local folks, leads The Hurricanes in classic music mode

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Ron Ruedi is a multi-talented musician who has shown his love for this community with his actions and his music. Ruedi has performed for bar patrons at Lydia's every Friday and Saturday night for 13 years and still plays there every Saturday. He also played at the Satellite (near Lydia's) for about the same amount of time years ago. He performed seven nights a week for three years straight.
This musical performance includes a tour of Portland's history, playing the songs of entertainers who lived in the Portland area. Ruedi brings a local flavor to artists who have gone on to fame and fortune. He can also be found at the Brass Rail in Troutdale on Thursday nights. He continues to entertain even during breaks. He holds the interest of the audience by keeping up a running dialog of wit and humor. One of his fans is Pat Pattee, old time KISN DJ, who played the songs on the radio that Ruedi continues to play today.
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Ruedi has always loved and played music. One example of this is the fact that he holds a Guinness World Record for a one-man band act for 14 hours. Continue reading →


Local icon Ron Ruedi serves ...

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Local icon Ron Ruedi serves local folks, leads The Hurricanes in classic music mode

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Ron Ruedi is a multi-talented musician who has shown his love for this community with his actions and his music. Ruedi has performed for bar patrons at Lydia's every Friday and Saturday night for 13 years and still plays there every Saturday. He also played at the Satellite (near Lydia's) for about the same amount of time years ago. He performed seven nights a week for three years straight.
This musical performance includes a tour of Portland's history, playing the songs of entertainers who lived in the Portland area. Ruedi brings a local flavor to artists who have gone on to fame and fortune. He can also be found at the Brass Rail in Troutdale on Thursday nights. He continues to entertain even during breaks. He holds the interest of the audience by keeping up a running dialog of wit and humor. One of his fans is Pat Pattee, old time KISN DJ, who played the songs on the radio that Ruedi continues to play today.
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Ruedi has always loved and played music. One example of this is the fact that he holds a Guinness World Record for a one-man band act for 14 hours.
Ruedi usually plays with his band the Hurricanes. They enjoy packing the floor with dancers. Ruedi's rock and roll sound is enhanced by the fact that he has saxophone in his lineup.
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Ruedi is also featured every year at Gresham's "Rock Around the Block" event.
Ruedi's day time job as an IRS field agent meant meeting a lot of people. He has apparently done enough good work with veterans and others in the community that he was gifted with a beautifully restored car. He had taken his 1932 Ford Coupe into Weston GMC repair shop and it was restored with loving craftsmanship way beyond his expectations. It was returned to him as part of his retirement celebration. Now it has new upholstery and several amenities he wished for but didn't expect to receive. To his amazement, it was gifted to him for his years of services to veterans and others in the community.
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After completion of the project, the car was delivered to Ruedi at the "Rock Around the Block" celebration. It was delivered personally by Mr. Weston, who drove it up to the bandstand where Ruedi and the Hurricanes were playing.
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Ruedi says he had some advance notice of the work that had been performed, but he was not prepared for the excellent job the Weston crew had accomplished.
Be sure to check out the fabulous Ron Ruedi and his fine band. See ad and Bandstand for information.
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Local icon Ron Ruedi serves local folks, leads The Hurricanes in classic music mode


Local icon Ron Ruedi serves ...

www.positivelyentertainment.com [cached]

Local icon Ron Ruedi serves local folks, leads The Hurricanes in classic music mode

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Ron Ruedi is a multi-talented musician who has shown his love for this community with his actions and his music. Ruedi has performed for bar patrons at Lydia's every Friday and Saturday night for 13 years and still plays there every Saturday. He also played at the Satellite (near Lydia's) for about the same amount of time years ago. He performed seven nights a week for three years straight.
This musical performance includes a tour of Portland's history, playing the songs of entertainers who lived in the Portland area. Ruedi brings a local flavor to artists who have gone on to fame and fortune. He can also be found at the Brass Rail in Troutdale on Thursday nights. He continues to entertain even during breaks. He holds the interest of the audience by keeping up a running dialog of wit and humor. One of his fans is Pat Pattee, old time KISN DJ, who played the songs on the radio that Ruedi continues to play today.
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Ruedi has always loved and played music. One example of this is the fact that he holds a Guinness World Record for a one-man band act for 14 hours.
Ruedi usually plays with his band the Hurricanes. They enjoy packing the floor with dancers. Ruedi's rock and roll sound is enhanced by the fact that he has saxophone in his lineup.
...
Ruedi is also featured every year at Gresham's "Rock Around the Block" event.
Ruedi's day time job as an IRS field agent meant meeting a lot of people. He has apparently done enough good work with veterans and others in the community that he was gifted with a beautifully restored car. He had taken his 1932 Ford Coupe into Weston GMC repair shop and it was restored with loving craftsmanship way beyond his expectations. It was returned to him as part of his retirement celebration. Now it has new upholstery and several amenities he wished for but didn't expect to receive. To his amazement, it was gifted to him for his years of services to veterans and others in the community.
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After completion of the project, the car was delivered to Ruedi at the "Rock Around the Block" celebration. It was delivered personally by Mr. Weston, who drove it up to the bandstand where Ruedi and the Hurricanes were playing.
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Ruedi says he had some advance notice of the work that had been performed, but he was not prepared for the excellent job the Weston crew had accomplished.
Be sure to check out the fabulous Ron Ruedi and his fine band. See ad and Bandstand for information.
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Local icon Ron Ruedi serves local folks, leads The Hurricanes in classic music mode

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