Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

High Anxiety

In today's New York Times piece on the Colorado Legislature adopting "Rocky Mountain High" as a second official state song -- "Colorado Has Song in Its Heart, and Not Drugs on Its Mind" -- reporter Kirk Johnson offers this gem:

"A lot of people probably think it's already the state song," said Richard Grant, a spokesman for the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. The bureau is already planning how to use "Rocky Mountain High" in promotional materials, Mr. Grant said, adding that he also hears no drug references in the lyrics.

"It's certainly going to appeal to a lot of young people," Mr. Grant said. "It's just a cool thing to take a rock song and make it the official song."

Would you buy a used convention from this man? -- Patricia Calhoun

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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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