When Westword debuted in September 1977, pundits around town were predicting the demise of the paper. People gave it a month, a week, a year at most. After all, the only business more risky than starting a restaurant was starting a newspaper. And a free newspaper? Forget it.
Imagine a great slogan. State legislator Federico Peña was a dark-horse candidate for mayor back in 1983, but he stood out in a crowded field with his progressive politics, his ethnic background, his age -- he was just 36 -- and a very smart slogan: Imagine a great city.
katy tartakoffThe reminder for the memorial site at muchloved.com came in at 5:01 this morning. I did not need it: Not a day goes by that I do not think about Sandy Widener, John Parr and Chase Parr, the three members of a much-loved Colorado family who died in a horrific car wreck three year ... More >>
This city is full of angels. On Sunday, I helped kick off the Parr-Widener 5K Walk-Run, an annual event that benefits the A Angels, a mentoring program at East High School, and is named for John Parr, Chase Parr and Sandy Widener, who died in a car crash at Christmas 2007. (Katy Parr, then ... More >>
In the 21 months since John Parr, Sandy Widener and their daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a horrific car accident, I've trained myself not to grab the phone to call Sandy, a wonderful writer and college pal who was one of the founders of Westword, to hoot over some journalistic dust-up. ... More >>
Helping East Highs mentoring program is a walk in the park.
Saturday, June 28, was a good day for the Independence Institute. Its sixth annual ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) Party attracted a record number of participants to the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club for the “most politically incorrect” event of the year. But while Jon Caldara’s group advert ... More >>
Back in 1982, Sandy Widener, one of Westword’s co-founders who by then had gone on to far more respectable employment with Rocky Mountain Magazine, was charged with coming up with a campaign slogan for Federico Pena, a lawyer/legislator and very dark-horse candidate running for mayor of Denver. Jo ... More >>
Letters from the week of 2/21/2008
Letters from the week of 1/27/2008