– Ncy Glass, EDN
You may not know Eugene Drix, but you have probably used words from the “Drixionary”.
Drix describes himself as “…an enthused participant in the ever-more-important Art of COMMUNITY BUILDING”. A little searching on the internet and you’ll find that he not only fearlessly weighs in on events, issues, what have you, but he does it with the insights of a George Carlin and the aplomb of a Jimmy Stewart.
According to his LinkedIn profile: “…my background experience and education plus personal knowledge base have turned me into a Verb. “Drixing” is the ability to connect the dots within human minds. If you want to connect people, just put DRiX in the middle.”
Drix spoke at Monday’s Eugene City Council meeting and presented the City with yet another of his astounding “gifts.”
The last such time Drix presented the city with a “gift” it was in the form of a word. It was Drix who offered the City the idea of the word “WE-Gene.” “It’s not YOU-gene, or I-gene, it’s WE-Gene” says Drix. “It really sums up the efforts of others to make our City the best City.”
The City Council agreed by quickly coining the words into an award, The “We ‐gene! Awards” – Honoring the best of neighborhood spirit. The We‐gene! Awards is a volunteer recognition program administered by the City of Eugene, Neighborhood Services Program designed to provide public recognition to people, organizations or projects that have made important contributions to the livability and health of Eugene’s neighborhoods.
A BA in Broadcast Communication from the University of Oregon plus over 30 years of Radio, TV, Print & Internet production, seems to have given him a full knowledge base to match with his unique angle on the world.
At the Monday meeting, Drix gifted the City Council a word to honor the new Matthew Knight Arena. “This building is going to be around a very long time and it is really Oregon’s arena. It’s Oregon’s arena. It’s Oregon’s arena.” It’s the “O-rena!”; the newest entry in the Eugene Drixionary.
Watch for more Drix, coming soon to EDN — ed.