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Wissot: Mr. Rogers was the real deal

December 6, 2019

If you haven’s seen the movie about Mr. Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” go see it. You won’t be disappointed. Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Mr. Rogers is very good, but the remarkable life...


Wissot: Southern exposure

November 22, 2019

Grits are one of the great food staples on the planet; polenta transformed into magical cuisine combinations. I like grits with cheddar, Gouda, goat cheese, shrimp, crawfish, scallops, ham, bacon, sausage, onions, tomatoes, corn, strawberries,...



Wissot: Do you tattoo?

October 25, 2019

I don’t. But please don’t be upset if you do. It’s a generational thing with me. Growing up in the 1950s, tattoos were worn by sailors, convicts and bikers, the ones sporting black leather jackets,...


Wissot: Vietnam War anger can last a long time

October 11, 2019

I was 20 when I first became aware of the Vietnam War. It was the fall of 1965 and I was enrolled in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. A black-draped coffin with...


Wissot: Pros and cons of impeachment

September 27, 2019

Alexander Hamilton nailed it in Federalist Paper No. 65. He made it clear that the impeachment powers “proceed from the misconduct of public men” and “they are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety...


Wissot: They took their racism for granted

September 13, 2019

I never thought of my parents as racist. I never heard the N-word used in conversation. Colored people, the common expression for blacks and African-Americans in the 1950s, were never referred to in derogatory terms....


Wissot: Regrets? I’ve had a few

August 30, 2019

Have you ever made a regrets list for yourself? Of course, you haven’t. Who makes up a regrets list? That’s like asking people to relive their worst days and saddest moments. Nobody needs that kind...


Wissot: My aunt was a communist

August 16, 2019

I learned my Aunt Fanny was a communist one summer day in 1954. I was 9 at the time and overhead my parents and a few other relatives discussing the McCarthy House Un-American Activities Committee...


Wissot: It doesn’t get any better than this

August 2, 2019

My wife, Alyn, and I moved into our Vail Village condo 19 years ago on June 30, 2000. This is our 20th summer living in a place we both agree has brought us more happiness...


Wissot: No rocking chair for these old folks

July 19, 2019

I ran the Vail HillClimb over the July 4 weekend. It’s not the first time I’ve run it. Counting the number of race T-shirts in my closet, it looks like I have 13 times. That...


Wissot: Blind ambition can be fatal

July 5, 2019

Ambition is a wonderful quality. You have a goal, you work hard to achieve that goal, you overcome obstacles along the way, you persevere, you stay the course, and in the end you wind up...


Wissot: Only the ball was white

June 21, 2019

He sat at the table honoring former players in the Negro Baseball League annual reunion held each year in Birmingham, Alabama. His name was Humphrey Cole and he was 84 years old. His taut wrinkle-free...





Wissot: Running among the homeless

April 12, 2019

It’s impossible if you are in downtown Denver, near the state capitol, by Civic Center, on the 16th Street Mall, to miss them. They are everywhere: on benches, park grass, store entrances, the Central Library grounds....