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February 6, 2020

Fifty years on...

It’s a bit surreal to reflect on the passage of time from growing up in Denver to living here today.  I had an interval of ~25 years when I lived elsewhere - both the US & abroad - but always assumed I would end up back in Colorado.  That happened about 20 years ago and I don’t envision relocating despite what my neighbors might prefer. A fellow Denver native & longtime friend from CU days, who has lived in the SF Bay area since we graduated, commented several decades ago: “I approach visits to Denver as I do any other city I’m coming to for the first time.  It has changed so much.”

That has been both true and not true for me.  There has been remarkable change from our youth, a predictable combination of positive (food offerings, entertainment, cultural amenities, architectural design, etc.) and negative (housing prices, congestion, traffic, also architectural design, etc.).  I enjoy “memory anchors” that are familiar like the Observatory at namesake park, the Mayan theater, & the “Clamshell Bank” on South Broadway.  Revitalized locations that transformed the Denver University campus, the shops and restaurants on Old South Gaylord, and Union Station’s Crawford hotel are welcome improvements.  Newer additions such as the Clyfford Still Museum, a plethora of craft brewing establishments and the miles of interconnecting, dedicated bicycle paths throughout the metro area have afforded me new options to explore & enjoy.

With other former classmates engaged in organizing the TJ Class of ’70 reunion, we hope that you will be inclined both to attend the events AND offer your recollections or recommendations for those coming to town who may not have spent time here recently.  Similarly, those who reside outside the area, please consider sharing your reminiscences and/or questions/interests about local developments.  Ideally, we will foster an active exchange of memories, advice and personalized commentaries.

Looking forward to reading your contributions, Tim Thomas (2/6/20)


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