Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call: We're bullish on Denver

Thirty years ago, Denver boosters were so worried that the city was considered a cowtown that they launched a campaign to appear more cosmopolitan, banishing any bovine connections. Westword responded by adopting the cow (and its bullish brethren) as a mascot for our annual Best of Denver, which celebrates everything that's great about this city -- Western-influenced or not. (We're already rounding up categories for our Best of Denver 2009, which will be published March 26, and you can vote in our online Readers' Poll right now.)

Despite our Best efforts to celebrate Denver's frontier heritage, this city is still self-conscious about its cowtown reputation. But not today. Today, on Dress Western Day, the National Western Stock Show Parade will march from Union Station to the State Capitol, led by former Denver resident Baxter Black and featuring a bunch of boosters -- who'll all be wearing boots and hats, even if they park them in their closets after today.

But right now, Denver is on the mooove.

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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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