John Hickenlooper hot enough for Esquire's "Americans of the Year 2012"

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Esquire magazine has chosen its "Americans of the Year 2012," and is rolling out stories on the fifteen honored Americans this week. Already revealed: Bradley Cooper (the cover boy), Bruce Springsteen, Lena Dunham, Elon Musk, Travon Martin, John Roberts, Prince Harry (Honorary)...and Colorado's governor, John Hickenlooper.

Cooper, not Hickenlooper, made the cover. Other Americans teased on Esquire's website include Serena Williams, Clint Dempsey, Jessica Scott, Louis Freeh and Mike Trout.

The accompanying profile on Hickenlooper was written by Robert Sanchez, a staff writer for 5280, who had much better luck with timing than did his colleague, Max Potter, who spent almost a year shadowing the governor for a cover story published in the city magazine's August edition (the lead photo from that story is reproduced in Esquire). It was turned in before the wildfire season really heated up, and before the shootings in Aurora made violence in Colorado international news. Again.

Those disasters, natural and otherwise, frame Sanchez's piece, titled "John Hickenlooper's Long, Hot Summer" and teased with this: "A drought destroyed $100 million of revenue. Wildfires incinerated 238,000 acres of forest. And then seventy people were shot in a movie theater. It's not easy being the governor of Colorado."

Read the complete Hickenlooper interview here, and click for addition stories on the magazine's "Americans of the Year."

By the way, Coloradans made the Esquire list last year, too, when Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were honored alongside Andrew Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Elizabeth Warren, Warren Buffet, Julie Taymor and Patriots.

Elon Musk, another "American of the Year," founded SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla Motors. That company's namesake had a big year in 2012, even though his big experiments in Colorado were conducted a century ago. Learn more in our post ""Nikola Tesla's career is re-energized by cartoonist Matthew Inman."

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