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Brown, who was the nation's first black lieutenant governor when he served from 1975 to 1979, wore out his welcome during Lamm's first term. Brown is perhaps best remembered for granting a state pardon in 1978 -- while Lamm was out of town -- to a man who'd been convicted of pistol-whipping another man to death almost twenty years earlier; Lamm rescinded the pardon when he returned to the state. Brown also got in trouble after a speech in which he described how he'd crashed a training plane in an Alabama field in 1943 and how the farmer who'd found him had branded the letter K on his chest. But Brown later admitted that the incident never happened and that the K on his chest had resulted from a Kansas fraternity prank. State Democratic Party headquarters no longer has a forwarding address for Brown, but he's believed to be living in New York.

Nancy Dick followed Brown as Lamm's second-in-command, filling the office from 1979 to 1986. Stymied in her attempts to run for higher office, she later represented a Japanese cosmetics company. She now has her own company in Denver called Dick and Associates, but couldn't be reached for comment.

Callihan ran on the ticket with Romer and lasted well past the first term -- despite his novel concept of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for Native Americans in a Mayflower moving van parked in front of the State Capitol back in 1988. He quit the office abruptly in 1993, with less than a year to go before Romer's third term. Callihan wanted to make some fast money in a business deal that involved the rights to Kenny Rogers Roasters franchises, he explains; he used the money to pay off $60,000 in debt that he'd racked up while maintaining homes in Gunnison and Denver at the same time. (Unlike the governor, the lieutenant governor does not get a home along with the title.)

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Callihan eventually returned to Gunnison and bought back a business he'd started after college, printing phone books for Cañon City and Gunnison, as well as Fremont, Custer and Hinsdale counties. He never ran for office again. "I promised my wife I'd take a fifty-year sabbatical from elected office, so when I'm 96, I can run for the nursing-home board," he says. "I did my duty. I loved the work, but I hated the politics. There's nothing quite like being out of politics."

Cassidy, who'd been president of the state Senate, was appointed to finish out Callihan's term and didn't run again in 1994. He left elected office to become the director of the Jefferson (County) Economic Council before taking the helm of CACI in 1997. "Everyone should do some public service, but I don't think it should be a career," says Cassidy, who jokes that he's still trying to live down the fact that he was lieutenant governor. "I really felt like I had done my part." Although he says he shares a bond with other seconds-in-command, "we don't get together for beers or anything."

Schoettler, who'd been the state treasurer, became Romer's lieutenant for his last term and then ran for governor in 1998. Since losing to Owens, she's been writing a column for the Denver Post and was recently appointed by President Bill Clinton to lead the U.S. delegation at the World Radiocommunications Conference this spring in Turkey. The six-month position requires her to live in Washington, D.C.

As for Rogers, he told the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee last week that if the proposed bill becomes law, he thinks Owens will still pick him to be his running mate for a second term. (Then again, Rogers also thought it was a good idea for one of his staffers to sue the boss.) Apparently as ambivalent about the proposal as Rogers, the committee split its vote 6-6, which means it can bring the measure up later this session. Lawmakers are also scheduled to consider another, almost identical bill that would make the change effective in 2006 rather than 2002.

"I ran because I wanted to serve. I ran because I am committed to Colorado," Rogers told the committee. "In every relationship, whether they be husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, there are disagreements. People do not expect public officials to get along."

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