ESPN Zone Closure to Hit Penny & Bill Hard

If you run into Penny Parker or Bill Husted today, you should buy them a drink (and then give them the receipt so they can expense it). Denver’s ESPN Zone, which has provided the backdrop for some of their lamest “sightings” ever – is closing. In honor of ESPN Zone, here is a brief retrospective of Penny and Bill’s work:

And although this one isn’t technically an ESPN Zone sighting, it remains my favorite:

Post Editor Moore: Denver is No Boston When it Comes to Brainpower

Bill Husted catches up with elusive Denver Post editor Greg Moore as part of his recurring “Bar & Grilled” column. Normally I wouldn’t be that impressed with a columnist scoring an interview with his own editor, but when was the last time you saw Greg Moore in public? Husted should enjoy this one for now, because I fully expect Penny Parker to up the ante with an exclusive with publisher Dean Singleton any time now.

Bill Husted and P-Park

Bill Husted and Penny Parker are quickly becoming the Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the Denver Post. He hates her. And she hates him. But they’ve agreed to pretend to be civil and “respect each other out of a ruined friendship.” Here’s betting one of them is gone in 12 months. Not surprisingly, it is Michael Roberts at Westword who has the details.

Aiello, Redux Redux

We were going to stop taking shots at Wendy Aiello because she invited us to sit at her table at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show (and because Walt kept eyeing us with a “I’m-not-afraid-to-stick-this-fork-in-your-throat” look), but then the entertainment was so godawful* we decided she was fair game anyway.

So imagine our glee when Wendy appeared in this morning’s Bill Husted column. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to make fun of. Successful restaurant launch. Placido Domingo. Big write-up in the News. No “PR Princess” comments. But after being a little optimistic with our over/under on Wendy Aiello mentions for both Bill and Penny Parker, we’re taking any mentions we can find. And we’re still gunning for you, Wendy (but please don’t mention that to Walt).

*We enjoyed Andrew Hudson’s band with that skinny lead singer guy

KMGH/Channel 7’s Steve Saunders Engaged

Those of us who’ve been around Denver for a while remember with sadness the death of Emmy award-winning television producer Pam Saunders. Saunders was the wife of KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Steve Saunders (and daughter-in-law of former Rocky Mountain News television columnist Dusty Saunders). Bill Husted at the Denver Post reports that Steve has become engaged and will marry this summer.

What’s Next? Darrent Williams’ Murder: The Musical!

One of the downsides to being a convention town is that you get a lot of kooks passing through. That will be the case this weekend, when Denver hosts the Left Coast Crime Convention. Denver novelist Mario Acevedo (surely you’ve read his The Nymphos of Rocky Flats or The Undead Kama Sutra) will capitalize on the convention by cranking up the “Denver Murder Machine,” a bus tour of famous Denver murder spots, including 12th & Speer where former Bronco Darrent Williams died.