The October issue of Home Building News featured Rick Bernard and Bernard Custom Homes with an article by James M. Goodrich, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association. The following is an excerpt.
Sixty-five part Street of Dreams participants celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Portland’s nationally recognized Street of Dreams (SOD) show on Monday, September 11. The group that gathered on the Basco Entertainment Stage included past SOD builders, show chairmen, and developers.
Two in-the-know participants, Don Graham and Rick Bernard, had stories to tell. Graham, recently retired from NW Natural and the caterer for many years of “Street” events, and Bernard of Bernard Custom Construction, a builder in seventeen different “Streets,” entertained the crowd with a two-man show with 25 years of memories. They included little things, such as “the time we burned up three cars in the parking lot in the 1978 show at Skyview,” or “the porno pictures that were shot in one of the homes at Taboridge in 1980” (permission had been given for the photo shoot [for a Meier & Frank furniture ad), or “when the builder at the 1981 show in Jackson School, in Hillsboro, got tired of people sitting on his lawn eating their lunch and turned on his irrigation system,” or the “builder in 1979 show at Sandstone who didn’t know what to do when a buyer showed up with a brief case full of cash wanting to buy the house, furniture, and all decorator items.” He had never been paid in cash before.