BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ around the corral with Bob Sweeney

One of the major reasons why I subscribe to The Denver Post is to read their obituary columns. They keep me up on the departed as I read about friends and lament their loss. I heard about the death of Elinor “Ellie” Greenberg while in Littleton last week. News of her death rippled through that tight-knit community like a shock wave. She passed away September 15 in Centennial. Her Denver Post obituary is lengthy and admirable about all of her life’s major accomplishments. Her life and career was truly amazing. The family has asked that those who wish may send a donation in her name to the Ellie and Manny Greenberg Scholarship Fund to 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, defeating two pretty good teams decisively. Our new quarterback appears to be not only a great player, but an outstanding young man. I like his demeanor on and off the playing field. Go BRONCOS!

Another winner is one of my neighbors Judith Briles who I have recently came to admire. She is the guiding light and founder of the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame. Gerri, myself, and author Denny Dressman, and wife Melanie, were guests of Judith and event sponsors Sept. 18 at the Renaissance Hotel on Quebec near old Stapleton. The hotel did a masterful job of serving the 200 book authors and their families and friends. The evening ran like clockwork due to the masterful touch of Judith Briles. 15 book authors were placed in the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame. Four deceased “Legacy” authors were honored: Robert Heinlein, James Michener, John Edward Williams, and Hannah Marie Wormington.

Radio celebrity Dom Testa served as emcee for the evening and introduced the 12 honored inductees who were all present: 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 authors with deep Colorado roots. A special Lifetime Achievement honor was named to honor the late Sue Lubeck who founded and operated the “Bookies Bookstore” for decades, having over 100,000 book title.

So 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 induction of 12 honorees in the Fall of 2023. Nominations may be made to the web site in Aug. of 2022.

Note: A word of wisdom to the author board members. I wish to nominate noted author Judith Briles for the Lifetime Achievement award for being the founder of the organization. She knows how to put on an exceptional award’s ceremony and program.

Mark Metevia, who is the program chairman for the Denver South Monaco Opti-mist Club let me know that the author of the famed Optimist Creed printed in this column last week was Christian D. Larson in 1912. He penned a great message for the ages.

The Denver Lions Club hosted Denver police chief Paul Pazen September 14 at one of the first live attendee meetings at Maggiano’s restaurant on the 16th St. Mall, a club I’ve been attending since 1981.

The chief attended North High school, CSU, and served in the U.S. Marine Corp prior to his 25-year stint with the Denver police department rising to Chief in 2018.

I was greatly impressed by his sincerity and skill as a veteran police officer and his efforts to maintain law and order in Denver. He does not agree with the state legislature releasing crim-inals from jail. He related that the jails have released about 50 percent of the prisoners and as a result crime has increased about 50 percent. He related that the majority of crimes are committed by repeat of-fenders. Chief Pazen has lost many of his resigning career police officers and is operat-ing short-handed and seeking new police officers to fill the vacancies. He has several class-es of new officers in training with diversity being fair to the ethnic population of Denver. I was proud of him and his impassioned plea to support our local police departments in our various city jurisdictions.

Security is one of the leading issues in upcoming municipal elections with candidate forums starting next week. See the schedule in this week’s Villager. Come meet and greet the candidates.