John Parr

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Flobots' Jamie Laurie Wins Parr Widener Civic Leader Award, Hosts Sunday No Enemies Event

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Sandy Widener and John Parr live on in the Parr-Widener Award

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Westword's new ownership a 35th anniversary present

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The new Flobots album, The Circle in the Square, celebrates worlds big and small

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Video: Tim Tebow joins Brad Paisley on stage at the Pepsi Center

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    John Parr turns "St. Elmo's Fire" into "Tim Tebow's Fire"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Tim Tebow Muppet-friendly "I Believe" song & five other tributes to The Chosen One (VIDEOS)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Michael Hancock imagines a great slogan: New mayor credits city with making him who he is

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Remembering Sandy Widener, John Parr and Chase Parr

    katy tartakoff​The reminder for the memorial site at 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    East High Angels are flying high in Denver

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Remembering John Parr and Sandy Widener

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Be An Angel

    Helping East High’s mentoring program is a walk in the park.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    In Memory: Imagining a Great City

    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 >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 2/21/2008

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    January 17, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 1/27/2008

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    Remembering Sandy Widener

    In journalism, "30" means the end. But after thirty years, it's not easy to let somebody go.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007
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    November 30, 2006

    Change of Plans

    Once hailed as the perfect community, Northglenn is ready to fight for its life.

  • News

    January 6, 2005

    Let's See What Develops

    City visionaries offer their top moments in Denver design history.

  • News

    January 6, 2005

    Building for the Future

    Peter Park is in the urban-planning game for good.

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    Winter Park Grows Up

    After years as a family-themed ski resort, Denver's mountain tries super-sizing.

  • Culture

    August 8, 1996
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    May 9, 1996

    Ring Around the Sprawler

    An ultimatum from the feds may lead to a line in the sand for Denver developers.