As a young boy (4 yrs. old), I recall sitting in a clinic in downtown Portland. It was the early 1950’s. My doctor was an ancient man, a Dr. Joseph Brown Bilderback, who spoke with an accent and called my young mom, ‘mama’. We lived in a poor section of NW Portland. Somehow my Mom got me into this, even then, prestigious doctor. 

“The Children’s Clinic was founded in 1911 by Dr. Joseph Bilderback. He was the first Pediatrician in the Northwest and founded the Pediatric Department at the Oregon Health Science University. 

(1969) Named Doctor of CenturyDr. Joseph Brown Bilderback, who opened his office here in 1909, was named “Doctor of the Century” Thursday evening by the Multnomah County  Medical Society. In the ceremonies at the Hilton Hotel, the 1,100_member society recognized the 99 year old dean of Portland physicians for “his  long and dedicated service to his patients and fellow physicians.” 


Aside from the fact that I had no idea then and only today how truly special that doctor was (I always knew I liked him), I recall sitting in the waiting room and reading a simple children’s magazine called Highlights. Do you recall that magazine? There was a drawing someplace inside where you attempted to find hidden objects in a greater drawing. I loved that magazine then and in later years also when I took my children to the dentist or doctor.

“The publication has been delighting generations of children — and their parents — since the first issue rolled off the presses in 1946, teaching the values of positive self-worth, creativity, curiosity and problem-solving. Regular features in the magazine, such as the “Hidden Pictures” page and the morally instructive cartoon panels starring Goofus and Gallant, have helped entertain, educate and challenge thousands of youngsters across the country — many of whom discover the magazine while sitting in doctors’ or dentists’ offices.”

Hidden Picture for Summer by Liz Ball.0Some memories from a young age are truly very pleasing…Dr. Bilderback and his magic elixir for me (Vitamin B12…I was anemic), his gentle ways and those Highlights children’s magazines are a nice memory.

GMME YoungSwittersB at 5 years of age (1953)