John Parr, Westword co-founder Sandy Widener and their oldest daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a car wreck in December 2007, a tragedy that dimmed some of Denver's brightest lights. In tribute to this exemplary family (the only survivor was younger daughter Katy), friends and colleagues created ... More >>
Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the sad day in December 2007 when Sandy Widener, Westword co-founder, was killed in a car crash that also took the life of her husband, John Parr, and their daughter Chase. Only then-seventeen-year-old Katy Parr survived. Every December 22, I find a reminder in ... More >>
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.
See also: - Remembering Sandy Widener - Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Flobots on the Occupy Movement - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Survival Story Sometimes Denver can feel like a very hip Mayberry. While waiting to meet the founding members of Flobots at the Denver Bike Cafe, ... More >>
Um, so, yeah, you'll be happy to know that the whole Tebow mania thing hasn't died down in the Mile High City. Not in the slightest. Apparently, being utterly eviscerated by the Patriots around this time last week has done absolutely nothing to dampen the spirits of Denverites. Exhibit A: When Brad ... More >>
Okay, I know we're all a little Tebow crazed around here these days and with good reason, but is anybody else here befuddled by the retooled version of John Parr's mid '80s tune "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," in which England's elder mullet ambassador has inexplicably revised the original lyric ... More >>
Tim Tebow's latest miracle versus the Jets inspired Bronco Planet to share a musical nod to No. 15: a version of "I Believe" from The Book of Mormon (by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, locals made good and Broncos fans) in which puppets yelp lines like, "I believe... that reading the defense and calling ... More >>
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.
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
In journalism, "30" means the end. But after thirty years, it's not easy to let somebody go.
Once hailed as the perfect community, Northglenn is ready to fight for its life.
City visionaries offer their top moments in Denver design history.
Peter Park is in the urban-planning game for good.
After years as a family-themed ski resort, Denver's mountain tries super-sizing.
An ultimatum from the feds may lead to a line in the sand for Denver developers.