By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
By Michael Roberts
By Melanie Asmar
The Flight Stuff
After reading Andy Van De Voorde's February 29 story about DIA travel expenses, "The Out of Towners," I have one comment: We're probably paying double what we should for all those flights, since the price of airline tickets went through the roof at DIA. Just another reason we should never have built the thing.
I can answer Patricia Calhoun's question, "Who'd have dreamed we'd ever be nostalgic for the old, paid-off, close-by place?" asked regarding Stapleton in her February 22 column, "Roll On."
Born and raised in Wheat Ridge, I never suspected we'd lose Stapleton in the first place--because I can't remember ever meeting one single Coloradan who didn't oppose DIA from the get-go. Sure, many were run-of-the-mill conservatives who oppose any government expenditure. But everyone I knew seemed aware of two blatantly obvious facts:
1. There was (and is) nothing wrong with Stapleton. Stapleton could serve Denver for decades to come.
2. Former mayor Federico Pena's motives were his own glory, not the best interests of Denver. That's why his airport campaign lied about the new airport's necessity, cost and distance (he claimed it would be five minutes farther than Stapleton). Most of us saw through those lies long before the campaign succeeded and he bailed out.
Why the majority of Denver's voters failed to notice this before approving DIA still puzzles and saddens me, but that Patricia Calhoun advocated DIA (yes, Pat, we still remember) is disgusting. Perhaps if anyone in the local media had stepped down from the platform and spread the truth to Denver's voters in time, we could have spared ourselves a lot of time, money, embarrassment, suitcases and environmental impact.
Too late now, Pat. You failed to do your job. You're telling us you just now finally realized that we miss Stapleton terribly? Of course. Maybe someone from the suburbs clued you in. Well, from now on, unless you find a specific, current issue about DIA to cover, you'd better drop the topic, because you're a fool and a hypocrite.
Michael Roberts's February 27 "Rock's Roles," about Sidney Louie Gunter, like many stories about the beginnings of rock and roll, was interesting. It is true that in 1952 Alan Freed was not the first to use the expression "rock and roll."
And if Sidney Gunter was the first to use it in 1950, he was also a few decades late.
In 1934 a group named the Boswell Sisters released a record entitled "Rock and Roll." The Boswell Sisters were white, and I can't attest to the beat of the song, as I have never heard it. Later, in 1939, Buddy Jones released a song entitled "Rockin' Rollin' Mama."
According to some trivia books, "rock and roll" had been a musical euphemism for sexual intercourse in rhythm and blues songs for over thirty years before either Sidney or Alan Freed came on the scene.
For Christ's Sake
Regarding Michael Roberts's coverage of Joe Christ in the February 22 Feedback:
How can he glorify such a sick, misogynistic piece of trash as "filmmaker" Joe Christ? This is a man who makes short movies making fun of quadriplegics and making drug use look like lots of fun. In every one of his films he ridicules Christianity, including a reference to Jesus being sodomized in one movie, and another in which he calls the Lord a piece of s**t and a p***k.
I've had the misfortune of attending one of Christ's screenings and am really sorry to read that he's moved here from New York recently. New York seems like a much better place for slime like him. I'm glad he won't be opening his gallery here with his "serial killers" show.
I wasn't surprised to read that Joe Christ is a big fan of Boyd Rice. How can Christ say he's not a satanist? His newest movie has Genesis P-Orridge in it, according to Roberts's article. P-Orridge is the leader of a cult, the Temple of Psychic Youth, and is known to follow Aleister Crowley's philosophies. Also mentioned was the editor of Screw magazine--now there's a fine example of great reading.
Joe Christ seems to like to associate with scum. The big question is, why do we have to read about it?
The Rest Is History
Doesn't Phil Goodstein have anything else to do with his free time besides bad-mouthing his fellow historian, Tom Noel? Whenever Phil's name appears in the print media, you can rest assured it is on the snippy end of a book review attempting to pan one of Tom's latest works, or on something like Goodstein's cynical letter published in your February 22 issue.
Come on, Phil, you have to admit that Tom Noel has done a lot more to inspire people to get interested in local history than most history professors would. Have you ever seen him tramping up and down Larimer Street leading a walking tour like some kind of historical Pied Piper? With police whistle clenched firmly in teeth, Tom has guided scores of history lovers across Denver's streets, down its alleys and into the very hearts of many a simple shopkeeper, grocer or tiny downtown restaurant owner. I think you would find disagreement if you tried to tell any of those tour-goers that Tom's primary mission is to glorify robber barons and devious politicians!