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2002 Stories by David Holthouse

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  • Reel Liberation

    published December 19, 2002

    As a Florida schoolboy, Gary Nurkiewicz used to take his dad's Nazi propaganda films for show- and-tell. "They're 16-millimeter, so it was easy... More >>

  • Houses of God

    published November 28, 2002

    God said, "Love thy neighbor." He did not say, "Love thy neighbor...unless you live in Lakewood." Somebody wasn't playing by God's rules one... More >>

  • Trial and Tribulations

    published November 21, 2002

    The voice in his ear kept whispering, "This is only a formality." It whispered other things, but they were mostly gibberish. The one phrase he... More >>

  • Book, Chapter and Verse

    published October 17, 2002

    In the beginning, the Big Bang created the heavens and the earth. The Big Bang, not God. Also, camels and lions were never immortal, and neither... More >>

  • Burn This

    published September 12, 2002

    On the last day of August, in a vast, white wasteland, beneath a blazing, bone-bleaching sun, Jesus did combat with Satan, kung-fu style. The... More >>

  • Between Rock and a Hard Place

    published September 5, 2002

    The dope man never saw it coming. Long-haired, pale-skinned and heavily tattooed, he sat in the champagne-colored leather back seat of his... More >>

  • Skin Deep

    published July 25, 2002

    Leon, a 29-year-old pipefitter and self-proclaimed "Soldier of the Fourth Reich" from West Virginia, was wearing a T-shirt printed with the... More >>

  • White Like Me

    published July 25, 2002

    It's been a week since I became a skinhead. Seven nights ago I did a few tequila... More >>

  • Sip of Fools

    published July 18, 2002

    On the flatbed trailer is a bed of nails, and on the bed of nails is a contortionist who is performing oral sex -- on himself. "Damn, look at... More >>

  • Waiting for Joe

    published June 20, 2002

    May 28 was a classic Memorial Day-weekend Saturday in the metro area. It was a day to spend time with the family in the park or take in a Rockies... More >>

  • No Reservation Needed

    published June 6, 2002

    Marcus didn't feel at all like an aristocrat when he woke up next to his wife in their room at the Aristocrat Motel. He felt like a 27-year-old... More >>

  • Shine On

    published June 6, 2002

    The first annual Erickson Scott commemorative Italian scooter rally began the morning of June 2 with a festive Sunday brunch of powdered... More >>

  • Top of the World

    published May 16, 2002

    Kim Clark is one of five American women on the first all-women climbing team to attempt Mount Everest. A former Keystone ski bum who is now a... More >>

  • Tricks of the Trade

    published May 2, 2002

    It's midnight in Denver, and Kid Rock the pimp is checking his traps. Cruising down East Colfax Avenue, he keeps one eye on the three pagers... More >>

  • The Hot Seat

    published April 11, 2002

    The football season may have ended in January, but the Denver Broncos began running a new play on March 5. That's when team lawyer David A. Bailey... More >>

  • Feelin' It

    published April 11, 2002

    Disco sucks" are fighting words to the finely honed ears of Charles Fields, widely known in the world of house music as DJ Feelgood. As a child... More >>

  • Living in Exile

    published March 21, 2002

    On February 14, Denver mayor Wellington Webb made Tom Strickland his valentine. At a press conference at Civic Center Park, Webb presented the... More >>

  • Down and Out

    published March 21, 2002

    Thirty-six and a half months per bullet. That's what Joseph R. Morrison got when he was sentenced March 1 to five years and three months in... More >>

  • Charbroiled

    published March 21, 2002

    Six-foot-four, 300-pound "Big John" O'Brien cooks up "big ass" burgers. He drives a "big ass" bus. And that's fitting, say his ex-employees,... More >>

  • Good Cop, White Cop

    published February 21, 2002

    Last February, Officer Ronnie Williams of the Denver Police Department observed Black History Month by holding a press conference in City Park in... More >>

  • Alternative Tentacles

    published February 14, 2002

    It was hour fifty of the Warp, the infamous 72-hour marathon rave and underground-theater festival that takes place every November in a medieval... More >>

  • High on the Vibe

    published February 7, 2002

    It is a Monday night in LoDo, and a famous sky is melting. Over and over on a multimedia screen, the blue swirls and golden orbs of Van Gogh's... More >>

  • A Hard Hit

    published January 24, 2002

    Inside Denver's Office of the Medical Examiner, two coroner's assistants unsealed a body bag containing the empty mortal shell of Eric Daniel... More >>

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