Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Colorado Inside Out Time Machine mini-marathon tonight

Just in case you didn't spend enough time in front of the television last night, Colorado Public Television is giving you two more hours of very good reasons to stay seated: a mini-marathon of the time-machine shows that the crew behind Colorado Inside Out, which normally focuses on current events, produce each year with a cast of very amateur actors.

Myself included. In the most recent time-machine show, which originally aired this summer, the Colorado Inside Out panelists traveled back to 1912, and I played Maggie Brown, fresh from her trip on the Titanic. That show will wrap up the mini-marathon at 8:30 p.m.

The schedule begins at 7 p.m. tonight with the Emmy Award-winning 1959 episode, which was smoking (literally).

At 7:30 p.m., the 1935 show takes the panelists back to the Dust Bowl era; this edition won two Emmy Awards and a Colorado Broadcasters Award (despite my performance as Helen Bonfils).

The marathon continues at 8 p.m. with last year's Emmy nominated 1951 show, which celebrates the birth of television and the fact that Ethel Merman was a resident of Denver for a few glamorous years.

The shows will repeat over the holiday weekend; check the CPT12 website for more details. From the archives: "Titanic anniversary is awash in conspiracy theories"


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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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