Paper Trained
Patricia Calhoun's "Birth of a Notion," in the January 29 issue, gave me chills. I didn't live in Denver in the Seventies, or even the Eighties, so I appreciated learning how far we've come and also what we've lost. Congratulations, Westword.

Larry Smythe

I just wanted to wish you a great twentieth birthday. I have lived here 23-plus years, so I was here when you were born. And I'm so glad you were born. I have read you almost since day one.

Keep on trucking.
Linda Steves
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Drive Time
I thoroughly enjoyed your twentieth-anniversary issue. I had forgotten some of the buildings and places I've been to during the 35 years I have lived in Denver. It brought back nostalgic feelings for the architecture of the old lower downtown, but I didn't recognize the prize for what it was at the time. Having had office space in a renovated 100-year-old building in the "old" lower downtown, the feel of the city was different in the Seventies. Even the creatures in the South Stands were different in the Sixties and Seventies.

I only have one niggling complaint: In "The Man With the Golden Arm," the quote attributed by Bill Gallo to John Elway was wrong. It was Keith Bishop who said, "Okay, boys, we've got 'em right where we want 'em." Sorry to be picky; just trying to keep the Bronco lore on track.

Rich Hays

Bill Gallo's Sports column is the first one I turn to after reading Patty Calhoun's opening editorial. I have enjoyed his writing since he was with the Rocky. His piece on John Elway in the twentieth-anniversary issue was well-deserved, but we need to give credit where credit is due.

In the beginning huddle starting "The Drive" in Cleveland, it was not John who said, "We've got 'em right where we want 'em." I remember reading the interview with John after that game, and he credited the comment to one of the linemen. Elway said that the laughter broke the tension and relaxed everyone.

Ted Blomquist
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I would like to commend Bill Gallo on his super writing skills. I have been watching and cheering for our Broncos since 1968 and have read articles about Number 7 too numerous to mention. This article was the very best of them all, without a doubt. Thanks, Bill!

G. W. Millspaugh

Busting Broncos
I must agree with Glen Wilson (Letters, January 22). Asking for any obligatory public financial assistance is pure bigotry! If they want the taxpayer to "contribute" to this new stadium, then they should offer a "taxpayer day" during which all so-called taxpayers can enjoy a day at the game at no cost to them! We are not cheapskates. Purchasing Bronco paraphernalia is one of my ways of showing my support for our great team!

Henry Herrera
via the Internet

The Broncos did it--they beat the Goliath of the NFL: the Green Bay Packers. But the story behind the story is John Elway. At age 37, he brought home the ultimate prize. How did he do it? How did he garner the fortitude to stick it out, to stay focused, to dispel discouragement over all those years? Was it the multi-million-dollar salary? I think not. I think it was his wife, Janet, who held the team together--that is, the home team. I think she gave him the home-field advantage. I think she stood by him and encouraged him while reminding him "it's just a game." That's right--I don't think he could have done it without her, and it is she who should get the trophy.

William J. Wolfe
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As I watched five minutes of "the" game, I heard that John cried to his sister last year after their loss in the playoffs; it was one of those moments when I was embarrassed to be a part of the human race. With millions of children starving and homeless in the country, a person in his pathetic. Now we won the big game. The taxpayers will be duped into paying for a new stadium so we won't lose this precious team and so Pat Bowlen can make $50 million more. Do you want to buy him another fur coat? I can't believe we humans have only come this far.

With the year 2000 coming up fast, why not try to become better humans? Pro sports are degrading this country. Instead of buying a new sports item or ticket, send the money to some children's center in need. You will feel better for it.

J. Peters

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that there isn't any more crying about the new uniforms? Methinks it is because of the win.

Gary Glasser
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Picture this: Broncos. Beer. A close game. And by God, we won! The game, that is. What happened afterward can only be named a loss. Anyone watching and half-interested remembers the excitement of that Sunday game. I was downtown to witness LoDo packed with elated fans who vented years of past Super Bowl defeats. But what should have been a wild but harmless pride party turned into a police state from some dark-future sci-fi novel. One would walk a block only to meet people with runny noses and red eyes saying, "Go back. They're throwing tear gas!"

The reason? I'm still not clear on this. The media reported full-sized sport utility vehicles toted like backpacks and the city set ablaze by gangbanging teenagers like Japan by Godzilla. I saw none of this. But I did come across a man on crutches who had been mowed down by a police car and then maced in the face. And I saw a tear gas canister thrown at a group of young people who decided to bare all and "moon" a few cops but who never once acted in a violent manner or destroyed private property.

Which came first--the angry people or the gas? And I ask the city of Denver this: Are we already in that dark future?

Josh Burke
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