Dick Kreck

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Gaetano's takes another hit

    Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it...and repeat it. On Sunday, a car crash outside of Gaetano's sent a minivan spinning off West 38th Avenue up to the restaurant's front door, and pushed a Ford Probe right through the patio on Tejon Street into one of the nice, new plate-glass win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    It's been A Wonderful Life for the Wynkoop Brewing Company

    In the Christmastime classic, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, as George Bailey, gets a taste of what the world would be like if he had never been born. It's not a pretty picture, and it reminds Bailey, and the audience, of the joy he created. The Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded in 1988, has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    All in the family: How do the Smaldones feel about the revamped Gaetano's?

    "Here's the thing," confides veteran journalist Dick Kreck, "the family is not crazy about the new Gaetano's." One family's opinion of this Italian institution might not matter, but we're not talking just any family, here. We're talking The Family, as in descendants of the Smaldones who founded the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    How Wynkoop Brewing almost wasn't the oldest brewpub in Colorado

    The Wynkoop Brewing Company is Colorado's oldest brewpub. But it almost wasn't. In the spring of 1988, John Hickenlooper and his business partners took out an ad in a homebrewer publication promising the public that "Colorado's first brewpub," as they were calling it, would open for business on Aug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Denver Press Club's Pen and Sword celebrates authors, hacks included

    At tonight's inaugural Pen and Sword open house at the Denver Press Club, a turn-of-the-century treasure at 1330 Glenarm Place, thirteen club member-authors will offer "the stories behind the books" from 6 to 9 p.m. But the stories, and the night, won't end there. Stories rarely end that neatly.

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    LoDo one of country's 10 great neighborhoods, even if no one knows how it came to be

    General Larimer.​Yesterday, the American Planning Association officially named LoDo as one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 -- even if the Washington, D.C.- and Chicago-based nonprofit has a rather unusual view of the history of that neighborhood: "Founded by General William Larimer, Jr. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2009

    All Bets Are off

    Raising the stakes at Colorado's casinos.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    A real mob scene at Gaetano's

    Dick Kreck will be reading from his book Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family tonight at the Tattered Cover in LoDo, with Chuck and Gene, the sons of Clyde Smaldone, on hand to answer questions about their infamous relatives. But for a real taste of what the Smaldone family meant ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 25, 2009

    Guys and Wise Guys

    Get a taste of Denver history when Dick Kreck discusses his book on the Smaldone family.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Phil's Place was quite the place on Father's Day

    An historic event: Dick Kreck signing books at Phil's Place.Phil's Place, a watering hole at 3463 Larimer Street, was the unlikely setting Sunday for a book-signing event by Dick Kreck, the former Denver Post scribe who's the author of Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family. After al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Denver Post alum Dick Kreck in faceoff with Mr. Beer

    Dick Kreck is no longer a staffer at the Denver Post, as he makes clear in a voicemail introduction still lingering in the Post system: In the message, he explains that he accepted a buyout offer circa June 2007 and won't be in the office again -- "ever." Nonetheless, he continues to write an occasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Beerdrinker of the Year: A judge's tale

    It's good to be the judge, and I should know since I spent Saturday afternoon dressed in a black robe and a wig, drinking beer and making history -- beer-drinking history. The event was the thirteenth annual Beerdrinker of the Year contest at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, and I'd been asked by Color ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Gaetano's: all in the famiglia

    I dropped by Gaetano's last night for a Tasty Treat (a sausage and green chili strips baked in a pizza crust) and a taste of history. Wynkoop Holdings bought this classic joint back in 2005, taking over a restaurant that started as Ralph and Mamie Smaldone's Tejon Street Cafe back in 1934, then move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Are the Denver dailies' 150th birthday sections keepers?

    An image from the Rocky Mountain News' online version of its Denver@150 section. Today, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post feature special sections honoring Denver's 150th birthday -- and they're not merely clones of each other. Indeed, both have qualities that recommend them, with the Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2008

    Librarian Rousted Outside McCain Town Hall Is a Former Reporter

    The item on the Denver Post's Politics West blog about the ticketing of Carol Kreck outside a July 7 town hall appearance by presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain refers to her as a "60-year-old librarian," following the lead of the ProgressNow Action website, which sent out a news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    Lowdown on LoDo

    Clip and save: After the shootings early Sunday morning, June 22, there's lots of talk about violence in LoDo -- and if people can't be clear about what they're talking about (and judging from the conversation so far, they can't), at least they can be clear about where they're talking about.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Entertainment Editor Ed Smith Latest to Exit Post

    These days, it's far from unusual for newspaper employees to voluntarily leave their jobs. However, the impending departure of Denver Post entertainment editor Ed Smith, whose last day is April 11, remains noteworthy given his reputation at the paper -- he's widely admired by the folks with whom he' ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Adrian Dater Flames ESPN

    There is a limit to freedom of speech for this hockey scribe.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2007

    Making the Post List

    As noted in this June 11 blog, Denver Post editor Greg Moore announced to his staff that sixteen people had decided to accept a buyout package offered to workers age fifty and older -- but he also conceded that these individuals had the right to change their mind prior to a June 15 deadline. In the ... More >>

  • News

    June 14, 2007

    Going Public

    The fight is on at Colorado Public Radio, where one high-powered boardmember has resigned, and at the Denver Post, where the bloodletting has begun in earnest.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    No Play

    The last item of the May 24 Message column noted that execs at the Denver Post had been discussing the future of the Sunday Style section, and suggested that its survival was unlikely. Turns out, though, that Style lives on -- sort of. The Tuesday, June 5, Post presents the debut of LifeStyle, a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    More Messages: Ashes to Ashes

    Much of the August 5 edition of the Rocky Mountain News concerned the paper's move from its longtime headquarters, at 400 West Colfax Avenue, to a made-to-order building at 101 West Colfax, a few blocks away; the Rocky will share the address with the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2006

    More Messages: Challenge From a Schoolyard Bully

    In the August 3 edition of Westword, the lion's share of the letter below is slated to be published. Its author? Consumer advocate and self-proclaimed "troubleshooter" Tom Martino, whose local duties include hosting a weekday talk show on KHOW and reporting regularly for Channel 31, Denver's Fox-TV ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    The Message

    7th Hell

  • News

    May 13, 2004

    The Message

    New Deal

  • People & Places

    March 25, 2004
  • News

    October 9, 2003

    Denver's Chronicler of Crime

    One cop's passion became a historian's goldmine.

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2003

    Rhyme Time

    Limericks add sauce to literary stew

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    The Message

    News directors debate what is, and isn't, breaking news.

  • News

    May 23, 2002

    Letter to the Editor

    Here's our top-ten list of ways the Post's new leader can make his paper better.

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Journey's End

    The media outlets that helped Ocean Journey float aren't mentioning their roles now that it's sinking.

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Social Studies

    The society columnist for a neighborhood newspaper is the talk of the upper crust.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best gossip columnist

    Dick Kreck, Denver Post

  • News

    December 2, 1999


    Dishing dirt on the bigmouths of Denver.

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Off Limits

    Crossing the line on Rebel Hill...

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Taken in Vain

    When LoDo isn't just lower downtown.

  • News

    November 21, 1996
  • News

    October 10, 1996
  • News

    December 27, 1995
  • Dining

    March 1, 1995
  • Dining

    February 16, 1994