BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin ‘around the Corral with Bob Sweeney



One of the main reasons I subscribe to The Denver Post is to read their obituary columns. They keep me informed of the deceased while I read about friends and lament their loss. I heard of Elinor “Ellie” Greenberg’s death in Littleton last week. The news of her death swept through this close-knit community like a shock wave. She died in Centennial on September 15th. Her obituary in the Denver Post is long and admirable for all the great accomplishments of her life. Her life and career have been truly amazing. The family has asked that those who so wish make a donation on their behalf to the Ellie and Manny Greenberg Scholarship Fund at Arapahoe “Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, Colorado 80120 ”.

It looks like we have the potential for a winning Bronco season, now 2-0, by decisively beating two pretty good teams. Not only does our new quarterback seem like a great player, but he is also an outstanding young man. I like his appearance on and off the field. Go Broncos!

Another winner is one of my neighbors, Judith Briles, whom I recently admired. She is the leading figure and founder of the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame. Gerri, myself and the author Denny Dressman and my wife Melanie were guests of Judith and event sponsors at the Renaissance Hotel in Quebec near old Stapleton on September 18th. The hotel did a masterful job of serving the 200 authors and their families and friends. The evening went like clockwork thanks to the masterful handwriting of Judith Briles. 15 book authors have been inducted into the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame. Four deceased “Legacy” authors were honored: Robert Heinlein, James Michener, John Edward Williams and Hannah Marie Wormington.

Radio star Dom Testa acted as host for the evening and introduced the 12 honored members who were all in attendance: Kevin J. Anderson, Avi, Sandra Dallas, Carol Fenster, W. Michael Gear, Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Charlotte Hinger, Justin Matott, Manuel Ramos, Patricia Raybon, Richard Weissman and Flint Whitlock. They are all award-winning writers with deep Colorado roots. A special honor for her life’s work was named in honor of the late Sue Lübeck, who founded and operated the “Bookies Bookstore” with over 100,000 book titles for decades.

You can find more information about the authors and their books at

The villager was honored to be one of the sponsors for this event. They are planning their next admission of 12 award winners in the fall of 2023. Nominations can be submitted on the website in August 2022.

Note: A word of wisdom to the members of the writing committee. I would like to nominate the well-known author Judith Briles for the Lifetime Achievement Award as the founder of the organization. She knows how to organize an extraordinary award ceremony and an extraordinary program.

Mark Metevia, program chairman of the Optimist Club in Denver South Monaco, let me know that the author of the famous Optimist Creed featured in this column last week was Christian D. Larson in 1912. He wrote a great message for the ages.

The Denver Lions Club welcomed Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen at one of their first live visitor meetings on September 14th at Maggiano’s restaurant on 16th St. Mall, a club I have been going to since 1981.

The chief attended North High School, CSU, and served with U.S. Marine Corp. prior to serving 25 years with the Denver Police Department in 2018.

I was very impressed by his sincerity and skill as a seasoned police officer and his efforts to keep Denver law and order. He disagrees with state lawmakers releasing criminals from prison. He reported that the prisons had released about 50 percent of the prisoners and that crime had increased by about 50 percent as a result. He reported that most crimes are committed by repeat offenders. Chief Pazen has lost many of his resigned police officers and is understaffed and is looking for new officers to fill the positions. He has several classes of new officers in training, catering to the diversity of Denver’s ethnic population. I was proud of him and his ardent request to assist our local law enforcement agencies in our various urban jurisdictions.

Security is a major issue in the upcoming local elections, with candidate forums starting next week. See the schedule this week Villager. Come and say hello to the candidates.



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