Hall of Shame

The people and places that made 2000 what it was. Blame them.

Oh, and then there was this from the New York Post: "The semi-dormant feud between Talk Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour appears ready to explode...Sources say that Tina has commissioned a hard-hitting piece in her magazine on J. Shelby Bryan -- the ousted chief of bankrupt Internet firm ICG Communications -- who is also Wintour's boyfriend... When Wintour found out that the hit was in from Tina, sources say she tried mightily to get her countrywoman and one-time colleague in the media empire of S.I. Newhouse Jr. to kill the story. The two reigning British editorial divas had always publicly denied talk that they were rivals either on the social scene or in the Newhouse empire...Sources say the piece is expected to run in the February or March issue."

We're sure that ICG's laid-off workers will be the first to pick up a copy -- to read in the Denver unemployment lines.

Patrick Roy

Kenny Be

Sure, he's Canadian, but Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy is still allowed to be innocent until proven guilty in this country. On the other hand, he's already been convicted of causing this town some major embarrassment. Two days after Mayor Wellington Webb renamed Auraria Parkway "Patrick Roy Boulevard" to honor Roy for his record-setting 448th career victory, the star hockey player was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and destruction of property committed during an act of domestic violence. The dramatic turn of events started when Arapahoe County deputies responded to the Roy household in Greenwood Village in the early hours of October 22, after someone there had called 911 and then hung up. Roy and his wife, Michele, told police they had been arguing about their in-laws, of all things. Roy admitted to angrily tearing two doors off their hinges; although no one was injured or bruised, Colorado law requires that an arrest be made when there's probable cause to believe domestic violence may be involved. On November 7, Roy pleaded not guilty; a trial has been set for March 5. If he is convicted, he could theoretically be deported.

Fortunately, Patrick Roy Boulevard flows into I-25, which leads north.

The Victoria's Secret Rapists

In late September, local police asked the press and the public to help officers find two people -- a man and a woman -- who had kidnapped and raped at least three women and attempted to do the same to twenty more. Although the police often seek the public's aid in solving crimes, the details of the case were astonishing. The rapists' ruse went like this: The woman, posing as a saleswoman for Victoria's Secret, would roam the 16th Street Mall, inviting women to a special lingerie sale. She'd get their phone numbers, then call them later and arrange to pick them up in her car. But instead of taking them to a lingerie sale, she took them to an apartment complex in Aurora, where her boyfriend raped them at gunpoint. With help from one of the women who'd been approached, police finally found enough clues to lead to two arrests. Melissa Marie Todd, 22, was apprehended by FBI agents on October 4 in Illinois and charged with sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy. Her boyfriend, James Harry Gipson, 26, was arrested later that month in Iowa after a multi-state manhunt; he has been charged with rape and burglary.

Amy Van Dyken

Sure, swimmer Amy Van Dyken brought home the gold again, but her performance at the Sydney Olympics will best be remembered for what she left behind -- specifically, a glob of saliva, which she hawked into the lane of Dutch rival Inge de Bruijn. The incident, caught on camera and commented upon by NBC swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines, made national -- and international -- headlines; Van Dyken, who won the gold in the fifty-meter freestyle in 1996, lost to de Bruijn in the finals and was labeled an Ugly American with a bad case of sour grapes. The trademark expectoration wasn't anything new for Van Dyken, however. She'd been quoted earlier in the year as saying that she always spits into competitors' lanes. In fact, she said she was proud of it. After all, spit happens.

C'mon, Amy. We know you donate your time to sick kids; we know you were inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in December; we know you and your fiancé, Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, make the cutest couple ever. But seriously, Amy, spitting is gross. Maybe that's why your tiny hometown of Lone Tree has yet to hold a parade for its favorite daughter.

Glendale

With cigars in their mouths and strippers' names in their phone books, Mike Dunafon and Chuck Bonniwell look like they'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. But whether they should be running a city, even a little one like Glendale, is another matter entirely. The two made a name for themselves in 1998 when they founded the Glendale Tea Party in an attempt to oust Mayor Joe Rice and overturn the regulations on strip clubs that Rice had championed. Dunnafon and Bonniwell, along with Dunafon's girlfriend, Debbie Matthews, who owns Shotgun Willie's, quickly got three of their supporters elected to the city council and did manage to overturn those disputed rules. But Tea Party supporters eventually tired of big ideas and bluster, and they turned on their buddies. This past April, the Tea Party lost all but one seat on the city council, and Dunafon lost the race for mayor to Rice. The election, which inspired a record turnout, was the most expensive in the tiny city's history and was marked by bitter rancor, threats, lies and personal attacks -- all typical of Glendale politics since the Tea Party came to town. Although the group staged one last power play, attempting a recall of city council members Jay Balano and Chris Perry, residents voted to keep them in office. These days, the Tea Party is reported to be interested in Central City, a town with its own crazy politics.

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