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Thursday, May 15, 2008

''Books are not rolls, to be devoured only when they are fresh.'' Clifton Fadiman who was born today (May 15, 1904- June 20, 1999). He was a critic and editor (Book of the Month Club) and host of the once popular “Information Please” radio show, who throughout his life urged young people to be serious and to read classic literature.

On this day in 1940 the first McDonald’s opened in San Bernardino, Californa.

An editorial in the Denver Post this morning tells us that the city is falling short in raising the $55 million promised to bring the Democratic National Convention to Denver this August. At this point, it would be easy to say “so what” and just figure they can’t do anything but hold it here at this late date. But in my opinion that would kick away a big, big opportunity to promote Colorado through a national email and TV fund raising effort. Here’s the comment I just posted on the (click here to see it): Denver Post editorial:

How about an outreach to small contributors on a website, get Obama and Clinton to both pass along an email to their small contributors encouraging support of the convention with $25 on the website?

How about getting Mayor J.Hic, or better yet Elbra Wedgeworth who did such a great job bringing the convention here to Denver, on Oprah to talk about the convention. Or a special Jerry Lewis style telethon that would raise money for both the Dem and GOP convention? Support it through all the symphony orchestras across the country, maybe get them all to turn one of their free city concerts in early summer into fundraising events for the conventions. Maybe do something similar through small theatres, promoting Colorado theatres at the same time.

With some imagination, raising money from small contributors could promote Colorado and increase our tourist traffic for the next 100 years.

We'll brainstorm this at our next IDEA Cafe, tomorrow (Fri, May 16)and each Friday until the money is finally raised at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant here in Denver. More info and RSVP at

Let’s start the brainstorming right now! What do you think Denver could do to raise the money from small contributors? Post your comment here or better yet on the Denver Post editorial.

Mayor J.Hic (and you) would be more than welcome to join us for the next Denver Speakers Corner, June 8, 4 p.m. North Pavilion, Civic Center Park. More info, including a video of our first meeting, and optional RSVP at

We can't get the Mayor on Oprah, but we can get him (and you) on YouTube!

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