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Growing up in Indianapolis in a large family, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Janice Spearman never doubted that education would offer a passport to a bigger world. “My parents were just high school graduates and education was very important,” more

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Grant Beacon Middle School (GBMS) Principal Alex Magaña experienced the transforming power of education at an early age. “I came from a family that was always looking for work,” he says. “We moved around all over, from California to Kansas to... more

People of South Denver

Restaurateur? Chef? Author? Philosopher? Arts patron? Dan Landes defies easy classification. When asked to define himself, the multi-faceted force behind the recently renovated, re-imagined Campus Lounge thoughtfully pauses before responding. more

People of South Denver

When Karen Duell majored in business in college, she dreamed of someday starting her own company like her father had, never guessing she’d find her real calling years later, building mutually beneficial partnerships between public schools and the... more

People of South Denver

For Brian Eichenberger, directing and conducting the Columbine Chorale is a labor of love and family legacy. After co-directing for years, he inherited the position from his father Richard, who taught music at South High School for decades. more

People of South Denver

Forced by his parents to play American football while growing up in Mexico City, musician El Javi (who goes by the single name) bailed on the sport when his family relocated elsewhere in the city and he could no longer play on the team. more

People of South Denver

When Pete Contos immigrated from Greece to Denver in 1955, he had no idea he would launch a small dynasty of beloved restaurants, including Denver’s ultimate 24-hour diner, Pete’s Kitchen, and perennial neighborhood favorite, Pete’s University Café. more

Capitol Lifestyle

When Marty Seldin accompanied his dad on a gambling junket to Las Vegas in the late 1960s, he had no idea he would one day make a living as an independent casino rep, arranging such trips at a variety of venues for loyal clients... more

People of South Denver

You might say chocolatier and founder of Deiter’s Chocolates, Adrienne Johnson-Conway’s relationship with the Old-World Bavarian chocolate she learned to love and create started in the cradle. “My Mom grew up on East Colfax near Erich Dietrich’s... more

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DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp credits her Midwestern roots with instilling the deep sense of responsibility toward community and ethical leadership that would later steer her toward shaping the direction of higher education. As an undergraduate math... more

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When Stuart Milligan played the youngest son in a Washington Park United Church of Christ production of Bye Bye Birdie at 10 years old, he had no idea he was debuting for what would later prove to be his future career. The Boston-born, Denver... more

People of South Denver

When Pete Contos immigrated from Greece to Denver in 1955, he had no idea he would launch a small dynasty of beloved restaurants, including Denver’s ultimate 24-hour diner, Pete’s Kitchen, and perennial neighborhood favorite, Pete’s University Café. more

People of South Denver

Bohemian? Hand-crafted? Artistic? Whimsical? Although Charlotte Elich’s stores’ unique sensibilites defy accurate description, if you live in Platt Park or surrounding neighborhoods, you probably know her by the distinctive flavor of the... more

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Harry Tuft

Photo by Sara Hertwig.

Former Denver Folklore Center owner and beloved performer Harry Tuft’s story echoes the restlessness of the changing times in which he came of age. He played piano and clarinet while growing up in Philadelphia. But it was the... more

People of South Denver

Growing up in Indianapolis in a large family, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Janice Spearman never doubted that education would offer a passport to a bigger world. “My parents were just high school graduates and education was very important,” more

People of South Denver

When Denver native Rose Keating graduated from Metropolitan State in 1974 with a degree in computer programming, she decided to head east, instead of west, to seek her fortune. “It wasn’t that Colorado didn’t have jobs,” she says. “I just knew I more

People of South Denver

In a classroom within the Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing, adult ESL students from around the world sit studying the differences between two pictures of a scene involving a family visiting their doctor. Bud Demko, teacher... more

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While coming of age in upstate New York, Iliff School of Theology President and CEO Tom Wolfe set his sights on learning to fly rather than on following his father into the clergy. more

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Brian Augustine is a happy man. A familiar face at the Sunday South Pearl Street Farmers Market where he chats with neighbors, charms canines and sells the Denver VOICE... more

People of South Denver

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, as a self-described jock and oil painter, now-Washington Park resident Janet Anderson dabbled in drawing but never considered art as a future career. more

People of South Denver

Glass-blowing artist Brian Ziegler credits growing up in Burlington, Colorado, on a ranch his grandparents first homesteaded, with sparking a passion for challenging, hands-on work. “I also always had an artistic flair... more

People of South Denver