The Managing Editor of your fine newspaper, Joanna Bean, invited me to write a column or two about the old days. Those days and I are about the same age, you see.
In fact, I knew the Gazette when it was called “The Gazette Telegraph.” And I knew Colorado Springs when it was called “The Springs” and not “The Potholes.” I’ve been gone for 42 years, but now I’m back for a spell.
I attended Harrison High School – home of the Panthers — where I was shaken down daily for my lunch money. I was famous there for being the younger brother of Mark Beaton, a terrific baseball pitcher who dominated the Gazette’s sports page as thoroughly as he dominated opposing batters. A pitching Panther, was he. A typical Gazette sports page headline from spring of 1970 was “Beaton Strikes Out 15.” (Look it up!)
As for me, well, Continue reading