In other words, Temple doesn't want his staff to follow Littwin's Animal House example too literally, engaging in what actor Tim Matheson's Otter describes as "a really futile and stupid gesture" before going down in flames. And if, a month or so from now, Scripps announces that the Rocky's life will end at 149 — or maybe on that 150th birthday — newspaper lovers in Denver will still have the Post. Although maybe not forever.
"I am as committed to Denver as I ever was," Singleton says. "But I'm also committed to solvency, and the economic circumstances that all newspapers find themselves in today has a tendency to change some of our long-term goals. We have to play the cards that are dealt to us."