Denver PR Blog

The Economist: Dan Edelman was no ‘Mad Man’
January 22, 2013, 10:54 am
Filed under: Obit, Public Relations

The Economist reflects on the role Dan Edelman played in the rise of public relations in what was an advertising world:

Mr Edelman, who died on January 15th, aged 92, was a pioneer, introducing innovations that reflected his bigger vision of PR as a more effective way to market a company’s reputation and brands than its fancier (and costlier) big brother, advertising. … Nowadays, although public relations is hardly without its critics, Mr Edelman’s view of the merits of PR relative to advertising is much more widely shared, though never as enthusiastically as four decades ago, when Charlie Lubin, the founder of Sara Lee, said that thanks to Mr Edelman, his PR budget was worth 1,000 times more than his advertising budget. Those were the days.

In Memoriam
January 15, 2013, 10:59 am
Filed under: Obit

Edelman Public Relations founder Dan Edelman passed away from heart failure this morning. He was 92.

In Memoriam
January 14, 2013, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Obit

Don Kirchoffner died on Thursday following a three-year battle with cancer. He was 68.

RIP Jim Hall
November 6, 2012, 8:36 am
Filed under: Obit, Vladimir Jones

James W. Hall, co-founder of the advertising, public relations and digital agency Vladimir Jones, has died at the age of 70. Hall founded the agency, originally named PRACO, with his wife Nechie in 1970. The firm is now run by the couple’s daughter, Meredith Vaughan, and employs 84 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

RIP Ed Quillen
June 4, 2012, 9:53 am
Filed under: Obit

Longtime Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen died Sunday, according to the Post’s Chuck Murphy. I’ll update this post when more information is available.

Update: Coverage of Quillen’s death has appeared in Westword, the Denver Post, 9News and 7News.

Update II: Metzger’s Marie Rotter, who knew Ed personally from her high-school friendship with his daughter Columbine, offers a tribute to the late writer.

Depressing Newspaper Graphic of the Day
February 29, 2012, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Newspapers, Obit

Hat tip: @hblodget

RIP Noel Cunningham
December 2, 2011, 7:58 am
Filed under: Obit

Denver restaurateur and philanthropist Noel Cunningham passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Noel was the driving force behind restaurants Strings, 240 Union and Ciao Baby, but he was also known for his prolific humanitarian efforts. I got to know Noel through my involvement in AfricAid, and today is an incredibly sad day for Denver. Lori Midson at Westword has a fitting tribute to Noel.

Another Sad Reality of Fewer Column Inches
November 28, 2011, 8:20 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

One of the sad realities of newspapers continually cutting back the column inches they publish every day is the loss of some of the traditional services they provided, including obituaries. Many of you may know Don Shook, who prior to moving to Las Vegas spent 27 years in Denver with Channel 4, Coors and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. His wife, Maggie, passed away last month and Don was shocked to find that the Post wanted $1,600 to publish her obituary. Don fired off the letter below to the Post, but has yet to see it published or receive a response.

Dear Editor:

My wife of 37 years just got her dying wish, thanks to The Denver Post.  Maggie passed away last week in our Las Vegas home after many years of pain and suffering. She made it absolutely clear that she wanted NO obituary notices; however, after 25 years of living in Golden, I was willing to risk her wrath on “the other shore” to share news of her passing with our considerable number of friends along the Front Range. She will indeed get her wish regarding your newspaper.

I built a modest obituary into the paper’s template, along with a recent photo that captures her nicely.  To run it three days would be just under $1,600.  Does The Denver Post expect me to singlehandedly save the organization from financial doom? With the recent news of yet morestaff reductions being sought, is the newspaper hoping to stave off closure of its daily publication by capitalizing on people at such a moment of profound grief?

Given your apparent lack of feeling for the community you purport to serve, perhaps the time may come when we all read of the Post’s own obituary. For the sake of your many fine employees, I hope not.

Donald Shook

There will be a memorial for Maggie next summer in Golden. If you are interested in reconnecting with Don, you can reach him through his PR firm in Las Vegas.

RIP LeGrand Hart
November 17, 2011, 1:33 pm
Filed under: LeGrand Hart, Obit

Denver public relations agency LeGrand Hart appears to have shut its doors for good. The news is surprising since the firm ranked second in revenue in the Denver Business Journal’s 2007-2008 Book of Lists ($2.70 million in revenue). But it was second only to Schenkein ($2.72 million in revenue), so maybe we should expect the unexpected.

For old time’s sake, here is the ranking of agencies that appeared in 2007-2008, the last time the DBJ ranked public relations firms:

1. Schenkein ($2.72 million)
2. LeGrand Hart ($2.70 million)
3. JohnstonWells ($2.65 million)
4. PRACO/Vladimir Jones ($2.51 million)
5. MGA ($2.29 million)
6. Pure Brand ($2.13 million)
7. GroundFloor Media ($2.10 million)
8. Linhart ($2.09 million)
9. CTA Integrated ($1.86 million)
10. Turner PR ($1.65 million)
11. CLS ($1.56 million)
12. 104 West ($1.51 million)
13. Webb PR ($1.35 million)
14. Bawmann Group ($1.28 million)
15. Metzger ($1.10 million)
16. VisiTech ($1.10 million)
17. LawsComm ($1.07 million)
18. InterMountain ($1.05 million)
19. Catapult ($0.92 million)
20. Corporate Advocates ($0.83 million)
21. Volume PR ($0.83 million)
22. SJI Ltd. ($0.75 million)
23. October Strategies ($0.74 million)
24. Aiello PR ($0.70 million)
25. Capitol Solutions ($0.69 million)

In Memoriam
June 26, 2011, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

Pulitzer Prize winner and former Denver Post editor Gil Spencer passed away Friday. He was 85.

In Memoriam
May 24, 2011, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Obit, Public Relations

Sad news – Chris Power Bain lost her battle with cancer yesterday. She was 57.

UPDATE: There will be a celebration of Chris’ life at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 27, on the plaza of the upper level of Red Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

UPDATE II: The Denver Post carried Chris’ obituary on Wednesday.

In Memoriam
February 27, 2011, 10:48 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

They say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and in that spirit let us remember that it was two years ago today that Scripps pulled the plug on the Rocky Mountain News. In that moment, 150 years of scrappy journalism was abandoned, hundreds of talented journalists and production staff suddenly were without jobs and Denver was left with one less important community voice.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Scripps’ decision played out in the newsroom.

RIP, Reggie McDaniel
August 25, 2010, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Obit

For those of you who are Googling the recently departed Denver movie critic Reggie McDaniel and coming across this post, let me just say first that is was written two years ago. I am not, in fact, “dancing on his grave.” So quit emailing me. And, second, McDaniel was a critic, and he understood that criticism is part of being a public performer/personality.

In Memoriam
June 1, 2010, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Obit

Sad, sad news – longtime Denver public relations practitioner Don Cannalte lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away Monday. Don was a Denver public relations institution, having served literally decades with United Airlines and the University of Colorado, as well as having founded Colorado Notebook.

He was elected to PRSA’s College of Fellows in 1994, served as president of PRSA Colorado and was awarded PRSA Colorado’s Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Don also was the husband of JohnstonWell’s Gwin Johnston and the stepfather of GG Johnston. Services will be this Friday, June 4, at 3 p.m. at the Eisenhower Chapel at Lowry.

Update: The Denver Post published Don’s obituary.

PRSA Colorado’s Video Tribute to Joe Fuentes
May 12, 2010, 9:57 am
Filed under: Obit, PRSA

Funeral Details for Joe Fuentes
March 11, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Obit

A Christian burial mass for Joe Fuentes will be held on Monday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Mount Olivet Chapel. If you are so inclined, donations can be made in Joe’s name to Samaritan House (2301 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205).

(Update: Here is a link to Joe’s obituary in the Denver Post)

In Memoriam
March 10, 2010, 9:41 am
Filed under: Obit

Today is a sad, sad day for Denver’s media and public relations communities. Joe Fuentes lost his battle with cancer last night.

In Memoriam
February 26, 2010, 9:35 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Here’s to all the great journalists who worked for the newspaper over the past century, and especially to those who were with it at the end. You deserved better.

RIP, Editor & Publisher
December 10, 2009, 9:33 am
Filed under: Newspapers, Obit

“America’s oldest journal covering the newspaper industry” realizes the same fate of so many newspapers it covered.

A Guide to Magazines that Have Ceased Publication
November 16, 2009, 1:50 pm
Filed under: Obit

Ad Age compiles the list.

(Hat tip to Jordan Blakesley).

In Memoriam
August 25, 2009, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Obit

A sad day for the dozens of GM fans around the world: They must bid farewell to the iconic GM logo. Created in the early 1960s, the logo once represented global brand strength. Now, it is just another brand anchor around the necks of Chevrolet and Cadillac, among others. GM announced it will gradually phase the logo out starting in 2010.

In Memoriam
August 19, 2009, 8:39 am
Filed under: journalism, Obit

The world of journalism has lost two giants in two days: political reporter Robert Novak yesterday and 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt today.

In Memoriam
June 28, 2009, 9:41 am
Filed under: Obit

Billy Mays, the television pitchman who helped launch Denver-based Orange Glo into a national brand, is dead. He was 50.

James B. Meadow Memorial Scheduled
March 11, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Family and friends of former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow have scheduled a memorial to “tell stories, laugh and cry and rejoice in his life well lived.” The details are:

          A Celebration of James’ Life
          Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m.
          Colfax Events Center
          1477 Columbine Street
          Denver, CO 80206

Additionally, friends have established the James B. Meadow Tribute Fund at 1st Bank of Cherry Creek to help the Meadow family with expenses during this difficult time. All 1st Bank locations are able to accept your donations if you stop by or you may mail a check to:

          1st Bank of Cherry Creek
          P.O. Box 461050
          Denver, CO 80246

In Memoriam
March 8, 2009, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Sadly, former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow passed away this evening. His family issued the following statement:

Dear family and friends:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of James’ passing earlier this evening. James’ condition deteriorated rapidly this afternoon and a follow-up CT scan revealed there was no brain activity.

We are humbled by your thoughts and prayers these past few days. Your outpouring of love and kindness has kept us strong during this difficult time.

We will be sending along more information as arrangements are made.

In love,

Julie and the Meadow family

Who Killed the Rocky?
March 2, 2009, 8:10 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

A hint – they had nothing to do with the electric car.

(Hat Tip: Michael Roberts at Westword)

In Memoriam
December 16, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

Many of us who worked in Denver a decade ago remember the fight former Denver Post reporter Kerri Smith waged against obesity and cancer. Sadly, Kerri lost that struggle this weekend. She was 48. Mike McPhee at the Post has the details.

In Memoriam
August 20, 2008, 12:21 pm
Filed under: KCNC, Obit

Longtime KCNC/Channel 4 reporter and anchor Bob Palmer passed away last night. He was 77.

In Memoriam
August 14, 2008, 8:29 am
Filed under: Obit

Rockmount Ranch Wear CEO “Papa Jack” Weil passed away yesterday at the age of 107. Weil was believed to be the oldest working CEO, and was featured in a national ad campaign for Denver last year.

In Memoriam
July 12, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Obit

Tony Snow, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, has died following his lengthy fight against colon cancer.

In Memoriam
June 13, 2008, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Obit

The New York Post is reporting that NBC’s Tim Russert has died from a heart attack. MSNBC confirms.

In Memoriam
May 16, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Obit

Legendary Hollywood publicist Warren Cowan, co-founder of Rogers & Cowan, has died at the age of 87. He was a throwback to a different era of public relations and represented the likes of Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Steve McQueen. Noted the Los Angeles Times, “You have Cowan to thank (or blame) for helping pioneer such popular publicity tools as celebrity sporting events, top 10 lists (the “most watchable man” or “most hypnotic eyes”), and product placement.” 

Fishbein Family Retains Malpractice Attorney
May 2, 2008, 7:14 am
Filed under: Obit

5280 has the latest on the news that the husband of the late Kacey Fine Furniture CEO Leslie Fishbein has retained a Denver medical malpractice attorney to investigate whether negligence on the part of the doctor that administered a pain shot contributed to her death. The Denver Post also has the story, while the Rocky will have to play catch-up tomorrow.

In Memoriam
April 2, 2008, 9:58 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Obit, Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

Our sympathies to Andrew Hudson and the entire Hudson family. Andrew’s mother, Julie, passed away yesterday. Penny Parker at the Rocky has the details

Kacey Fine Furniture’s Leslie Fishbein Passes Away
March 19, 2008, 12:56 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

A spokeswoman at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital has confirmed that Kacey Fine Furniture president Leslie Fishbein died today.   

Kacey Fine Furniture’s Fishbein Passes Away Unexpectedly
March 7, 2008, 7:43 am
Filed under: Obit

Sad news — Kacey Fine Furniture president Leslie Fishbein has died following complications from back surgery. Fishbein, 55, was most known for appearing in Kacey’s television and radio ads. 

UPDATE: The Denver Post has now removed its online article about Fishbein passing away and instead is reporting that she is on life support. The original Post article can be found here

Westword co-founder killed in Wyoming car accident
December 23, 2007, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Obit, Westword | Tags: ,

Sad news – Westword co-founder and former Denver Post reporter Sandra Widener and her politically connected husband, John Parrwere killed in a Wyoming traffic accident this weekend.


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