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From the week of October 19, 2000

His and Hearse

A tisket, a casket: I enjoyed Harrison Fletcher's October 12 "Death Takes a Holiday," on the goths with the hearses. It brought back a lot of memories for me. Around 25 years ago on the East Coast, a friend acquired a 1964 Caddy hearse. It was extremely rusty and didn't run real well, but the interior was beautiful, and for Deadheads like us it was a fun car. The casket rollers were removed, and Mike usually had a mattress back there. The hearse always attracted lots of attention -- not always the right kind. Once they went to the beach, and the motel they stayed at would not let them park it on their property. It seems that a hearse with Grateful Dead stickers may not have been the best thing for business.

The engine finally died, and the old thing went to the junkyard. I would love to get one of my own. A mid-1950s Caddy with a big block Chevy and overdrive (for reliability and better fuel efficiency) would be perfect. Once again, thanks for the memories, and best of luck to these young men and their great cars.

And an aside to Kenny Be: Thanks for your October 12 take on the "Golden Girl," Amy Van Dyken. Between her nasty comments and her expectorations in the pool, she qualifies as an unmitigated pig.

Pat Desrosiers
Denver


The Hits Keep Coming

Land sakes! Why is Michael Roberts picking on Clear Channel radio stations? Sure, some land was destroyed ("KBPI Wrecks the Rockies," October 5), but you gotta admit those KBPI jocks are wild! Besides, on its sister station, KHOW, area know-it-all Peter "I used to be pretty crazy myself" Boyles promised on the air to do whatever it takes to repair this disaster.

Many thanks, Peter. I mean, I assume that the area has been returned to its original beauty, since you never mentioned it again, and I know you would never be told to shut the fuck up by the nice folks you work for.

Tony Clapper
Westminster

Willie or won't he? It's obvious that Michael Roberts doesn't listen to KBPI. I'm a constant listener, and the DJs' programming and the broadcasting are fine and within FCC regulations (they even have a disclaimer). So what if Willie B. wants to throw a chicken out of a third-story window? As far as I'm concerned, chickens should learn to fly anyway. And as far as the "mudding event" goes, the owner should have posted signs and taken other necessary precautions to keep people off the land. I'm sorry, but two big rocks aren't going to stop a Humvee. KBPI, Willie B. and the "Locker Room" cannot be blamed entirely for this or previous incidents. If people are dumb enough to follow a voice up into the mountains because that voice decided to share plans on the air, then that's their own fault. We also have to look at the utter stupidity of some of the KBPI listeners. Some of them will do almost anything just to see a concert.

Next time Roberts writes an article on KBPI, its DJs or affiliates, make sure he mentions all of the good they've done, too, like Willie B.'s raising somewhere around $20,000 for breast cancer.

Samantha Webb
Denver

Can you yahoo?Let me see if I've got this right: According to Michael Maloney's letter in the October 12 issue, because the Hendricks Mine damaged some land in the course of its mining activities, that land is forfeited in perpetuity and can't be restored. Any bunch of ORV-driving yahoos can drive right over the "No Trespassing" signs and tear it up all over again any time they feel like it. Or do they only get the land they can keep torn up more or less continuously? Either way, that covers a lot of land in Colorado.

Maloney must be right, of course, because he makes use of the truculent sarcasm and the obligatory word "whine" that are the hallmarks of the true know-it-alls who seem to make up about 99 per cent of the population these days. But why tell us? It's the courts and the legislature that will really think this is cute.

Earl Noe
Boulder

Stiff competition: I want to thank Michael Roberts for bringing attention to the continuing ethical lapses over at KBPI and the rest of Clear Channel Broadcasting. But he left out my favorite story, which he reported back on April 29, 1999. After the Columbine shootings, Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News received an anonymous voice-mail message. It contained an edited, out-of-context comment about Columbine from the Howard Stern show, which aired on KXPK-FM/The Peak, a competitor and serious threat to every one of what were then Jacor's rock or talk morning shows. The question here: Who might have access to equipment that could record Howard Stern, and who would have a reason to anonymously alert Dusty? (Since Clear Channel, which owns every other radio station in the country, is in a position to do me great financial harm, please withhold my name, too.)

Saunders, of course, raged about the comment in his column without having actually heard the unedited broadcast. And because the comment appeared in the newspaper, this opened the door for every soon-to-be Clear Channel DJ and talk-show host in the area to go on the air and rail against Stern, initiating a massive public campaign to remove their competition from the airwaves. Columbine was a horrible tragedy, but for Clear Channel to exploit those deaths to eliminate a competitor is despicable.

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