Cowtown Wowtown

Get ready for your close-up, Denver!

A few weeks ago, a Tonight show crew came through town, gathering footage for a segment that will air tonight, a preview of what delegates can expect when they come to town a year from now for the Democratic National Convention. The piece features some of the usual suspects, including Jack A. Weil, founder of Rockmount Ranchwear, inventor of the snap-button Western shirt and, at 106, the world’s oldest working CEO.

Jack A. – also known as “Papa Jack” (his son Jack B. is also in the business, as is grandson Steve) – is also featured in the current Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau “Know What the Locals Know” marketing campaign for the city But it wasn’t so very long ago that Papa Jack was an unsung hero in a city that was too self-conscious about its cow-town roots to actually celebrate something Western – much less promote it nationally.

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Sean Cronin