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Come join the celebration of Boulder's 150th anniversary this Wednesday with a free, panel discussion looking back on the past 50 years of the city. This is information on the event, released by the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee.

BOULDER — A panel of Boulder community members active
in politics, education, community issues and real estate will discuss Boulder’s
transformation over the last 50 years in a panel discussion Wednesday, May 13
titled “Legends of Progress and Loss: Boulder from 1959 to 2009.”

 The public event is part of the Boulder
Sesquicentennial Celebration, which continues throughout 2009 celebrating
Boulder’s founding in 1859. The discussion will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on
the University of Colorado campus in the Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law

 Panelists include Albert Bartlett, CU professor
emeritus of physics; Harold “Sonny” Flowers Jr., a prominent Boulder attorney;
long-time Boulder resident and community leader Doris Hass; developer and
businessman William “Bill” Reynolds; and Dorothy Rupert, former state
legislator.  Patty Limerick,
director of CU’s Center of the American West, distinguished professor of
history and MacArthur Fellow, will moderate the panel.

 Topics will include Boulder’s development over the
past 50 years under the slow-growth Danish Plan; the impact of the city and
county open space plans; and various issues and community debates that have
developed around Boulder’s growth from a “sleepy college town” in the 1950s to
the city of today.

 “Those of us who moved to Boulder several decades
ago have witnessed many changes, some of which we like and some of which
we don't,” said Dan Corson, Intergovernmental Services Director at the
Colorado Historical Society, a former Boulder city councilman and chair of the sesquicentennial

 “This panel, comprised of five active
citizens from diverse backgrounds who have lived in Boulder for at least 50
years or so, will offer its perspectives on Boulder's "progress"
and "losses" during that period,” Corson said.

 Program sponsors include: the Boulder
Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, the University of Colorado’s Center of
the American West and the Boulder History Museum. A reception will follow the

 The panelists will bring a wealth of information
about Boulder’s past to the discussion based on their respective backgrounds,
detailed below. For more information on the Boulder Sesquicentennial
Celebration, go to the Boulder150 Web site at

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Proud Derby Winner
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

I'll probably never get this close to a Kentucky Derby winner again, but if it had to be one, I have to love the chance I got this morning to meet Mine That Bird, the 50-1 long shot that came out of nowhere to win down the rail.

I was in Louisville for Derby weekend, and on Monday a friend invited me over to the back side of Churchill Downs, where we hoped to see some of the Derby horses. As we walked toward Barn 42, where Mine That Bird was stabled, there he was, out enjoying snacking on some green clover, with his owner, Leonard Blach. 

We had a good chat, took lots of photos and probably were some of the first to hear, right from the owner, that the Derby winner had a good workout that morning and they are now "aiming at the Preakness."

Mine That Bird with owner Leonard
Blach, a very happy guy.

We also walked over to a live TV interview with trainer Chip Woolley and jockey Calvin Borel, two pretty happy guys although Chip doesn't seem to smile too much. Calvin won both the Oaks and the Derby, so I don't think he can quit smiling. What a Derby weekend for him.

The story of Mine That Bird is a great one, of course, becoming the second-highest payoff in Derby history with $103.20 for a $2 win ticket. Mine That Bird probably wasn't even going to come to the Derby, but race officials kept calling, trying to fill out its 20-horse field.

Jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Chip Woolley, giving a TV
interview at Churchills Downs the Monday after the Derby.

it's already been a pretty exciting week here in Kentucky, but getting to see Mine That Bird so close really made the trip special.
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