By Joel Warner
By Michael Roberts
By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
The Naked Truth
This is in response to Richard Fleming's "Cover Up in the Locker Room," in the May 31 issue--and in support of the other side of the story. As usual, many facts were left out and many half-truths were stated.
Ed Godoy is not a peeping Tom. If there were any sure proof that he was, the City of Boulder would have seen to it that he got some help for such a problem. Ed Godoy was a loyal employee at the North Boulder Rec Center for eight years. He is still an employee of the City of Boulder. Why? Because he's a good employee, a good man with a great family, and a person well-known in the city. Your article started by saying rumors had circulated around the rec center. Rumors! What happened in the mid-Seventies at the center never, ever happened with the staff of the Eighties. Ed Godoy was trying to get a bead on the thief at the rec center, because prior to the Christmas holiday there was a rash of thefts in the men's locker room. He had tried changing the keys and locks, personally monitoring the locker room, all to no avail. When he went into that ceiling, it was to catch a thief. That was his only mission.
Caroline Schuler was, for whatever reason, on a witch hunt. She knew better than anyone how popular a guy Godoy is; everyone who meets him walks away with a smile on his face. Many people wonder why someone would do this to such a person. The fact that no action was taken is proof that there is some doubt about what really happened. No one except Schuler has accused him of this crime--not the police, none of his other co-workers, none of the city's directors.
Schuler's low marks on her evaluation had nothing to do with this incident. She was a pain in the ass to most who worked with her and for her: a hardworking person with good intentions, well-organized, driven, but a pain to work with. The only person who made Schuler's life hell was herself. She went after a good man based on rumors. Whose life do you think has been hell?
All Mel Breaks Loose
In regard to Bill Gallo's review of Braveheart ("Kilt in Action," May 31), it sounds to me like Bill has a raging case of the green-eyed monster. Get off your mainstream-bashing horse and recognize talent when it presents itself. Obviously, Braveheart isn't the epic that Lawrence of Arabia is, but it is well-done.
The cause justifies the violence (done in a realistic fashion rarely seen), and if the camera spent a lot of time on Mel Gibson, it might have had something to do with the fact that the story was about the character Gibson was portraying.
In my opinion, Mr. Gallo consistently misses the mark on his reviews...but then, we're all critics, aren't we?
Don't Touch That Dial!
I take strong exception to views expressed by Michael Roberts in his May 31 piece "Dial `M' for Mediocre." Specifically, Roberts observes in a discussion of public radio that "a lot of jazz and classical music played by two of the outlets can be heard on other signals that don't require taxpayer assistance." Here he should have been more diligent in his analysis of jazz found on the airwaves in Denver.
The jazz that is heard in Denver, with the notable exceptions of KUVO-FM and Dick Gibson on KEZW-AM, is comprised of incredibly shallow and banal "contemporary jazz," which has no relationship to the American art form known as "jazz." It exists today solely as a marketing concept, not an artistic direction.
I do recognize that Roberts's article was focused on "morning-drive-time" radio programming. However, his statement did a disservice to his readers. There simply is not "a lot of jazz" to be found elsewhere. Instead, he should have acknowledged the fine contributions of Carlos Lando and his staff at KUVO and Dick Gibson at KEZW toward making their rich programming available to the metro community, the time of day and the funding origins of each station notwithstanding.
For a guy who doesn't like most of the radio stations in Denver, Michael, you sure know quite a bit about them--the music, commercials and everything. I could see where as a writer you could put down a few stations in Denver. But you are putting down every station in Denver. You don't like anything and probably anybody, either.
But I don't really think that is the case. I think it is all just for the fun of it to see how many people will write in; that way the staff at Westword will know how many people are reading your paper. You are a really talented writer, because I have seen articles you write about things other than music. I cannot believe Westword keeps paying you to write about the same old stuff that you do. It's always put down this artist, put down that artist. You would probably be afraid to write about music that you like once in a while, because then people might put you down.