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The second-most interesting birth certificate in America went public late last week, a few days after movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he'd fathered a child fourteen years ago with his housekeeper and is splitting up with Maria Shriver. But unlike Barack Obama's, this certificate had been redacted so as not show the name of Ah-nold's kid.
The date, October 2, 1997, would have been right around the time Schwarzenegger was planting his seeds in Denver, as well.
In early 2005, he and a group of investors proposed a $65 million development project in LoDo called Stadium Walk, which would have included a fourteen-screen movie theater, a Planet Hollywood restaurant, 150 condos, stores and offices. But the movie theater backed out in 1998 in a dispute over another development, and although Schwarzenegger and his partners tried to salvage the one-block-square plan, they eventually sold the property and moved on ("The Lost Action Hero," August 28, 1997).
Prominent Denver architect David Tryba had been hired to design Stadium Walk; he described Arnold as a savvy customer in a 2003 article in the Los Angeles Business Journal. "We went head to head with him and it was tough. Arnold really went through the details and knew his stuff," Tryba said. "He's a strong guy, and not just physically. But I was surprised at how smart he was for an actor."
Looks like Schwarzenegger won't be able to walk away from his California conquest as easily as he walked away from Denver.
Making book: Tim Tebow made an appearance at one of the informal workouts organized by Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins on May 19. Tebow's arrival briefly ended the grousing by some fans, radio sports-talk guys and a couple of players that the would-be starting quarterback isn't putting in enough effort.
Although Tim Tebow the person would probably love to be working out at the Broncos facility in earnest, the NFL player lockout does mean more time for Tim Tebow the media empire. Part of the reason the former University of Florida Gator hasn't been at the practices is because he was hosting a charity golf tournament in Florida and then filming underwear commercials in New York for Jockey.
And on May 31, the Tebow media machine will start rolling again with the release of Through My Eyes, the player's autobiography, which will be backed by a book tour that begins not in Denver, but in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was raised.
What can a 23-year-old tell us? According to the publisher's own description, "Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values...have molded him into the person that he is today."
Tebow's faith — and his appearance in a 2010 TV ad paid for by Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family during Super Bowl XLIV — have received a lot of attention, and it turns out that after a June 4 book-tour stop in Denver, Tebow will head to the Springs for a Sam's Club appearance. After that, it will be back to Florida. So it may be a while before we see Tebow back in his cleats.
Scene and herd: And while Tebow may be big, he apparently didn't have enough juice to get comped tickets to the U2 concert from his pal Isaac Slade. Or so Mr. Fray informed a stadium full of fans last Saturday at Invesco. Evidently, all his tickets were spoken for. "This is your house," Slade said with a laugh, recounting his chat with Tebow, implying that the quarterback should have been able to pull some strings otherwise. And he must have done just that, because Tebow tweeted a photo of himself and Bono on Sunday.
Thanks for the info. In focusing on empire, you forgot to menition, or more likely, are unaware that a lot of this off time has also been spent as guest speaker at events to inspire youth, along with daily workouts. Tim Tebow has been quoted a number of times as saying his book was written to inspire kids; so while a 23 year old may not have much to share with those more seasoned, I think he hopes to inspire children and young adults.