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Susan Dugan

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

Mar 3, 2017 10:10 AM People

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

Apr 6, 2017 2:14 PM People

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

Mar 3, 2017 10:10 AM People

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

Feb 7, 2017 11:51 AM People

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

Jan 6, 2017 3:45 PM People

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

Dec 7, 2016 7:46 AM People

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

Nov 7, 2016 11:28 AM People

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

Sep 6, 2016 5:05 PM People

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

Jul 31, 2016 9:50 PM People

When Marsha Willis’ family moved from Carlsbad, New Mexico, to Chicago in 1952, the six-year old found herself unexpectedly swept up by the winds of social change already stirring in larger cities throughout post-war America. more

Jul 2, 2016 11:02 AM People

As a child, Denver mosaic artist Deborah Williams’ favorite toys turned out to be her father’s art supplies. “He was a fine artist who worked with Vance Kirkland,” she says. more

Jun 2, 2016 12:40 PM People

You might say Len Hierath’s whole life has been an exercise in living the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention.” more

May 5, 2016 12:32 PM People

Growing up in East Texas on the border of Louisiana, poet and DU Professor Bin Ramke had a conversation with his uncle one day which raised the possibility that ordinary words harbored extraordinary secrets more

Mar 31, 2016 3:43 PM People

Maria Vazquez’s passion for dance is in the blood. Her mother and grandmother all danced sevillana, the folkloric dance to the traditional folk music of her hometown, Seville, located in southern Spain. more

Mar 3, 2016 4:29 PM People

Best-selling children’s book author and Colorado Book Award winner Carmela La Vigna Coyle’s intense childhood relationship with reading and writing began as a love-hate one. “I was a late reader due to challenges from dyslexia,” Coyle says. more

Feb 4, 2016 1:51 PM People

Volunteering with juvenile delinquents while in college kindled Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark’s passion for helping young people. In time, her passion evolved into a desire to help youth find their voices and enter into respectful dialogue. more

Jan 1, 2016 1:30 PM People

When Mark Overly graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1982, he had no idea he would later create Colorado’s largest coffee roasting company. more

Dec 4, 2015 8:06 AM People

“I always wanted to be a vet,” says veterinarian Dr. Apryl Steele, who recalls watching surgeries at various neighborhood veterinary clinics at nine years old. “I also had a cat that was my partner in life and I think that’s where it started." more

Nov 6, 2015 8:10 AM People

Steven Toltz, CEO of Dependable Cleaners, never doubted his future career. “I remember walking up the stairs forty-five years ago with my father and thinking, someday I’ll be walking up these stairs by myself." more

Oct 1, 2015 10:38 AM People

Celeste Callahan still recalls in cinematic detail the moment in 1976 that would literally change the course of her life. more

Sep 3, 2015 12:17 PM People

Denver fine artist and printmaker Leon Loughridge’s inner visual landscape arose growing up in the rugged environment of Northern New Mexico, where his grandmother reveled in artistic circles. more

Jul 30, 2015 12:24 PM People