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Remembering Sandy Widener, John Parr and Chase Parr

6 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
The 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...
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Katherine Archuleta Honored with Parr-Widener Civic Leadership Award

11 months ago by Patricia Calhoun
Sandy Widener, co-founder of Westword and the paper's first managing editor, was killed in a horrific car crash in December 2007 that also took her husband, John Parr, and the couple's daughter Chase. The only survivor was then seventeen-year-old Katy. But Sandy and John also left behind quite a legacy of...
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Sandy Widener and John Parr live on in the Parr-Widener Award

3 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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...
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Flobots' Jamie Laurie Wins Parr Widener Civic Leadership Award, Hosts Sunday No Enemies Event

2 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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 the Parr Widener...
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Wake-Up Call: Remembering John Parr and Sandy Widener

7 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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...
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How a Citizen Revolt Snuffed the 1976 Denver Winter Olympics

3 months ago by Alan Prendergast
Tucked away in the archives of the Denver Public Library is a fourteen-minute film called “The Denver Olympic Story.” An introductory note claims that it dates from 1964, but the contents indicate that it was put together much later, around 1969. It is, in any case, an artifact of a...
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Be An Angel

8 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Sandy Widener, Westword’s original managing editor, was a force of nature, a ball of unstoppable energy – never more so than when she took to rollerblading along the Cherry Creek bike path. Today’s second annual Parr-Widener Scholarship Walk-Run, a benefit for graduates of the East High School A+ Angels mentor...
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East High Angels are flying high in Denver

7 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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...
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Westword's new ownership a 35th anniversary present

4 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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...
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In Memory: Imagining a Great City

9 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
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. John Parr, Sandy’s...

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