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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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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 >>
Get a taste of Denver history when Dick Kreck discusses his book on the Smaldone family.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
There is a limit to freedom of speech for this hockey scribe.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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