Bullseye had its 40th Anniversary Boardwalk Bash party at the factory in Portland, OR in August. As with only the best parties, there was a dunk tank. Various department supervisors took half hour shifts perched on the precarious ledge while subordinates hurled balls like meteors and comets at the trigger. Were some tensions relieved? Oh, I think so.
We were treated to an appearance by the Unipiper, a local fixture here in Portland. You might have seen him in the opening credits of the TV show Portlandia, or know him as the guy who wears a Darth Vader costume and goes around on a unicycle playing “The Imperial March” on flame-throwing bagpipes.
The food was great: barbecued ribs and chicken, sides, and cakes with the Bullseye 40th anniversary logo. The manner in which the ribs and chicken were prepared is worth mentioning: they were cooked in the lehr, an annealing oven with a conveyor belt that allows cast glass to cool gradually, preventing thermal shock. It takes a piece of glass (or chicken or ribs) about one hour to get from one end of the lehr to the other. Once the food was annealed, it was slathered with company founder Dan Schwoerer’s secret barbecue sauce recipe.
More party photos in our Flickr album here.
All in all, what better way is there to spend a Saturday? Here’s to 40 years of Bullseye, and 40 more!