The Monday after Barbara Walters dished with John and Patsy Ramsey on a very special edition of 20/20, Colorado Governor Bill Owens appeared with the queen of celebrity chats on Good Morning America, criticizing her for giving two people he obviously wants to keep under an umbrella of suspicion a free ride. Walters defended herself at the time, and later told her fellow yakkers on The View that she felt "sorry" for the Guv.
After the arrest of two juveniles in the murder of schoolteacher Emily Johnson, mayoral spokesman Andrew Hudson publicly vilified KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles for his lurid speculations about the killing -- and Boyles struck back with a vengeance, providing some of the past year's most colorful fireworks. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it!

After the arrest of two juveniles in the murder of schoolteacher Emily Johnson, mayoral spokesman Andrew Hudson publicly vilified KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles for his lurid speculations about the killing -- and Boyles struck back with a vengeance, providing some of the past year's most colorful fireworks. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it!

Best radio personality vs. private mouthpiece feud

Peter Boyles vs. Sam Riddle

KHOW was the scene of even more fun when Peter Boyles and Sam Riddle, former spokesman for the late secretary of state, Vikki Buckley, got into a hilarious on-air spat over Riddle's new role as a spokesman for the parents of Isaiah Shoels (one of the students slain at Columbine). The bickering ended with Riddle implying that the proudly sober host still had a cocaine habit and Boyles offering to settle things with his fists anytime, anywhere. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it again!

Best radio personality vs. private mouthpiece feud

Peter Boyles vs. Sam Riddle

KHOW was the scene of even more fun when Peter Boyles and Sam Riddle, former spokesman for the late secretary of state, Vikki Buckley, got into a hilarious on-air spat over Riddle's new role as a spokesman for the parents of Isaiah Shoels (one of the students slain at Columbine). The bickering ended with Riddle implying that the proudly sober host still had a cocaine habit and Boyles offering to settle things with his fists anytime, anywhere. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it again!
Since shortly after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey became his second career, Peter Boyles has ridiculed Lisa Levitt Ryckman -- or, as he calls her, "Lisa with the Two Names" -- for allegedly being a lapdog for John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boyles would like to see tried in connection with their daughter's death. Ryckman struck back in a letter to the editor of Westword in which she revealed that she'd refused to appear on an episode of a Gerald Rivera show that was also set to feature Boyles out of sheer "disgust." At press time, the pair still hadn't kissed and made up. Thank goodness!

Since shortly after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey became his second career, Peter Boyles has ridiculed Lisa Levitt Ryckman -- or, as he calls her, "Lisa with the Two Names" -- for allegedly being a lapdog for John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boyles would like to see tried in connection with their daughter's death. Ryckman struck back in a letter to the editor of Westword in which she revealed that she'd refused to appear on an episode of a Gerald Rivera show that was also set to feature Boyles out of sheer "disgust." At press time, the pair still hadn't kissed and made up. Thank goodness!

Best performance by a Coloradan in a national magazine

Jessica Biel

Desperate to dump the goody-two-shoes image she'd earned as one of the stars of 7th Heaven, seventeen-year-old Jessica Biel, a healthy (very) Boulder girl, took off both those shoes -- and everything else, and posed for a raunchy cover and nude spread in Gear. The pictorial earned the mag a $100 million lawsuit from Aaron Spelling, producer of Biel's TV series, which prompted this response from publisher Bob Guccione Jr.: "As for his assertions that Gear is sleazy, it's like the pot calling the kettle black. We are an entertainment magazine with serious journalism. But I must have missed the serious cultural references in Melrose Place and 90210."

Best performance by a Coloradan in a national magazine

Jessica Biel

Desperate to dump the goody-two-shoes image she'd earned as one of the stars of 7th Heaven, seventeen-year-old Jessica Biel, a healthy (very) Boulder girl, took off both those shoes -- and everything else, and posed for a raunchy cover and nude spread in Gear. The pictorial earned the mag a $100 million lawsuit from Aaron Spelling, producer of Biel's TV series, which prompted this response from publisher Bob Guccione Jr.: "As for his assertions that Gear is sleazy, it's like the pot calling the kettle black. We are an entertainment magazine with serious journalism. But I must have missed the serious cultural references in Melrose Place and 90210."

Best print reporter vs. print reporter feud, first place

Mike Klis vs. Tracy Ringolsby

Mike Klis and Tracy Ringolsby, baseball writers for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, respectively, have been on the outs since last summer, when Ringolsby knocked a Klis article about the impending departure of Rockies general manager Bob Gebhard not once, but twice during appearances on 950-AM/The Fan. But the situation boiled over in late May, when Ringolsby told Klis, who was engaged in a heated conversation with the News's Clay Latimer in the Coors Field press box, to "get the fuck out of here." Klis responded by jumping on Ringolsby from behind and punching him in the head. No charges were filed, but relations between the two remain as icy as a snowcone in Antarctica. Brrrrr.

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