Alex Aronson is hard to pin down for an interview. He's on a bus
when I finally reach him by phone, and he is returning from an
excursion to Oregon's state Capitol. "What are you up to?" I ask.
"Well," he says, "I'm covered in gold body paint and shiny gold
clothing." The only thing missing from his homage to the golden pioneer
perched atop Oregon's Capitol is an ax. Aronson explains that his was
confiscated when he went into the house chamber to watch the
swearing-in of the state legislators--among them, founder and president
of the Oregon-based Bus Project, Jefferson Smith.