Denver's spent decades trying to convince the rest of the country that everyone in this town doesn't walk around singing the tunes created by John Denver, a man who a) wasn't born in Denver (he hailed from Indiana) and b) wasn't born John Denver (his birth name was Henry Deutschendorf).
But this morning, when Good Morning America unveiled the window devoted to Denver on Times Square, the background music was "Rocky Mountain High."
Denver's also spent decades trying to convince people that the city isn't in the middle of the mountains -- but skiing is front and center in the window display, which cost Visit Denver $50,000 to create. At least the Ski Train, which is featured in the diarama, got a nice plug on the show. (For Kenny Be's look at the window, click here.)
Good thing Denver's not trying to convince the world that this is a city of snappy dressers. Because Mayor John Hickenlooper, who was on hand to cut the ribbon around the window and stuck around to talk with the GMA team, wore a Bill Cosby-like holiday sweater. (What happened to the holiday vest his mother made?)
Turn on Channel 7 -- fast -- to hear Hick's interview on the two-hour delay for GMA in Denver. -- Patricia Calhoun
An update! Hickenlooper just did a commendable job of plugging the city -- and it turns out that his sister knit his holiday sweater. So we'll forgive him leaving the vest back in Denver. This time.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.