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Marylhurst on Barbara Roberts' Bucket List

Excerpt from an article by Janie Nafsinger in the Portland Tribune, February 15, 2012.

It's a Sunday afternoon with Barbara Roberts at one of her neighborhood hangouts. The former Oregon governor has just finished reading excerpts from her recently published autobiography, and she's now taking questions from the audience.

One man pipes up: "I still want you to run for president," he tells Roberts, drawing laughs from her and the rest of the crowd.

"Too old and too tired," she replies, beaming.

Now 75, Roberts has held most elected offices that exist around here, from school board member to state legislator to secretary of state to governor. She's now halfway through a two-year appointment to the Metro Council.

So, what's left that she really wants to do? "I've started a bucket list," she says. So far there are three items on it.

Item 1: Ride a hot-air balloon.

Item 2: Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.

Item 3: A year from now, when her appointment to the Metro Council is done with and her book tour has wound down, Roberts plans to finish her college degree. She never did; when she was secretary of state she worked on a degree in communications at Marylhurst University but set it aside when she ran for governor. She likely will return to Marylhurst, where she has about a year's worth of credits left to earn on that degree.

"They offered me an honorary degree, but I said no, I want to earn this one."

Read the Full Article on PortlandTribune.com

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