Past Public Presentations

glenn millerTragic Star


Glenn Miller was a beloved big band leader. He began his career working with a variety of dance bands before helping to organize the Dorsey Brothers band. Miller went on to form his own band that had multiple hit recordings. His career was cut short during WWII when the airplane he was on disappeared over the English Channel.

This multimedia presentation will be a Zoom livestream conducted by Gordon Neal Herman in conjunction with Friendly House.The presentation is free and open to seniors.  It takes place on Friday, January 8th at 1.30 pm.  For more information about class registering for the presentation and the Zoom link, contact Friendly House

bing xmasChristmas with Bing Crosby


By the beginning of WWII, Bing Crosby had become a major singing star. Through the last half of his career, he sang many Christmas favorites with his renditions of White Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas creating two modern classical Christmas hits. In this multimedia presentation, we will explore the last half of Bing’s career through the Christmas favorites he sang.

This presentation will be lived streamed hosted by the Hollywood Senior Center of Portland in conjunction with Another Time Music.  The program is open to all by requires advance registration. The program is free with donations accepted.

nat king coleThe Man with the Golden Voice


Before becoming a singing pop star, Nat King Cole was an award-winning jazz pianist leading a piano trio during the 1930s. It was his singing that propelled him to stardom in the 40s.  In the 1950s he became the first black host of a national TV show. From his start in Chicago to his international fame, this presentation will trace Nat King Cole's career in music and video.  Gordon Neal Herman will be giving this presentation at Friendly House located in Northwest Portland at 1737 NW 26th Avenue on February 25th at 1:30 pm. There is a $10 fee | $9 for members