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Scout's Honor

Owens is known for dealing deftly with the media. For instance, he just happened to release news of the separation in the middle of Labor Day weekend, guaranteeing that it would appear in the Denver dailies when readership is lower than nearly any other day of the year. Whether Owens also phoned Post owner Dean Singleton and the Rocky's Temple around the time his marital woes were reaching the public is less clear. "The governor did make personal calls on Sunday afternoon," says Owens spokesman Dan Hopkins. "He wanted some of his friends to know what had happened before the news coverage began, but he's not going to disclose to whom he made those personal calls." Owens considers Singleton and Temple friends, Hopkins concedes, "but that doesn't mean he called them."

Temple follows Hopkins's lead. "I don't discuss any private conversations I have," he says, "so I'm not going to discuss whether or not I did have a conversation with anybody in my office or in my capacity as editor." Singleton feels the same: "I'm not going to comment on any conversations that are personal in nature, but I can assure you that I get involved in no news coverage at the Denver Post. I don't think owners should get involved in news coverage."

For his part, Moore says he met with Singleton on September 1, and "we talked about this as well as a lot of things. But this is something I feel strongly about. We talked about this with Elway's situation, too. This is different, of course, but some of the decisions are the same. We just don't want to take cheap shots."

Everybody's doin' it: Journalists in the 49 other states only wish campaigns in their neighborhood were as wacky as the one under way in California. The race to (maybe) replace Governor Gray Davis has attracted a cast of characters straight out of director Tod Browning's carny cult flick Freaks, with candidates running the gamut from near-midgets (diminutive sitcom pro Gary Coleman, whose entry fee was paid by the East Bay Express, an Oakland-based sister paper of Westword) to bulgy cinematic giant Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As the current Republican frontrunner, Schwarzenegger has attracted plenty of attention and drawn fire from the likes of www.thesmokinggun.com, an inquisitive Web site that recently uncovered a saucy interview the former Mr. Universe gave to Oui, a defunct skin mag, back in 1977. Not only did Schwarzenegger say he'd participated in a "gang bang" with a "black girl" who "came out naked" at a Venice, California, gym, but he provided details on the mindset of those willing to join in; participants were "just the guys who can fuck in front of other guys. Not everybody can do that. Some think that they don't have a big-enough cock, so they can't get a hard-on." Arnold admitted to no such difficulty with his equipment: "Women have told me they're curious about its size -- you know, outgoing chicks who're just trying to be outrageous or horny. I hear all kinds of lines, including, 'Oh, you're hurting me; you're so big.'"

Remind me: Do steroids pump up that area, too? Or do they make it shrivel?

In public statements made after his Oui declarations rose again, Schwarzenegger said he had "no memory" of the article in question -- but his candor during the '70s seemingly inspired Clear Channel radio personalities Peter Boyles and Reggie McDaniels. On Boyles's August 29 KHOW chat show, while discussing the possible fallout from the Schwarzenegger bombshell, the two men revealed that they'd lost their virginity in group-sex situations. "It was when I was 13, and I'd been playing baseball with older guys; I think the girl was about 17," Boyles says. "And much the same thing happened with Reggie as a young kid in St. Louis."

Boyles wondered if such an indoctrination to the ways of the flesh was a relative rarity or a commonplace "blue-collar, working-class-poor experience," so he tossed out the subject to listeners. According to him, "Some people called the show and were upset that we'd even brought it up. But others said they'd had similar experiences. I would imagine that a lot of guys had experiences like that."

As for me, the only woman I've had sex with is my wife, and we don't like crowds. As a youngster, however, I reserved a special place in my heart, and elsewhere, for virtually every model in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Does it count as group sex if I flipped through the pages?

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