A long, heady trip through Denver’s pop-culture wasteland

Run, children! It’s Blinky the Clown!

Along with being the world’s number-one source on all things geeky, the widely read blog Boing Boing clearly has a soft spot for Denver, courtesy of blog co-editor Mark Frauenfelder, who grew up around here and who's apparently been feeling a bit nostalgic lately. On Monday he posted a lengthy travelogue of a recent visit to Casa Bonita, and then followed that up on Tuesday by launching, of all things, an open conversation on Denver pop culture.

So began an epic thread even by Boing Boing’s high-traffic standards – as of earlier this morning, 197 comments have been posted, reminiscing about all the great stuff Denver childhoods are made of, from Celebrity Sports Center to Teletunes to Cinderella City to the Yum Yum Tree to Wax Trax to Rainbow Music Hall to Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlor to Funtastic Nathans… we could go on, but our heads might explode in a profusion of Jolly Ranchers, sopapillas and Betamaxes of Blinky’s Fun Club birthday parties. (Learn more about Blinky in a piece about a documentary profile of him, accessible here.) Westword even gets a few shout-outs. (We remember you, too, “S2StewS2” and “DeuceMojo”! Never forget what we had!).

Check out the nutty trip down memory lane – and while you’re at it, pop your Warlock Pinchers cassette into your ghetto blaster and crank that motherfucker up. -- Joel Warner

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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