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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby pkripper » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:37 am

I like the music. Would hate changing Sopris after living under it for so many years. I never liked being on the road around his birthday.

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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby kmaley » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:30 pm

I fall a lot asked, "Why the animosity [toward John Denver?]"

Myself, I pretty much like the guy, but I guess the "John Denver Go Home" people felt that he was a flatlander and a carpetbagger who came to Colorado and changed his name to Denver as a gimmick to promote his career and sell records (it worked!). Then he wrote pop songs about Colorado that seemed (to some) to promote a phony image for the state. He attracted tourists (which some people don't care for), and his music struck some as pure schlock. I'm sure Denver's advocacy of flaky countercultural things like "EST" contributed to a negative image in some quarters. On top of that, you have curmudgeons and contrarians who are against anyone popular, and finally there are people who just can't resist a snarky bumper sticker.

I wonder if anyone reading this actually had one of these bumper stickers? Maybe you could shed more light on the subject.

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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby DaveLanders » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:10 pm

The Board of Geographic Names (BGN) (which decides these things) no longer likes new names in wilderness areas.
A lot of the unnamed peaks in the Aspen area would thus be ruled out.

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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby Presto » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:56 am

by DaveLanders » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:10 pm
The Board of Geographic Names (BGN) (which decides these things) no longer likes new names in wilderness areas.


Did someone let Gerry Roach in on that little tidbit of information? :-"
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby TravelingMatt » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:09 pm

kmaley wrote:I fall a lot asked, "Why the animosity [toward John Denver?]"

Myself, I pretty much like the guy, but I guess the "John Denver Go Home" people felt that he was a flatlander and a carpetbagger who came to Colorado and changed his name to Denver as a gimmick to promote his career and sell records (it worked!). Then he wrote pop songs about Colorado that seemed (to some) to promote a phony image for the state. He attracted tourists (which some people don't care for), and his music struck some as pure schlock. I'm sure Denver's advocacy of flaky countercultural things like "EST" contributed to a negative image in some quarters. On top of that, you have curmudgeons and contrarians who are against anyone popular, and finally there are people who just can't resist a snarky bumper sticker.


Well, that and the hypocrisy of moving to Colorado and then writing lyrics about how it's too crowded.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
-- Alexander Pope

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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby cheeseburglar » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:47 am

I wandered up Sopris yesterday and I kept hearing John Denver's voice in my head.
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby Eagle eye 1 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:18 am

Being a native from CO. Having worked in Aspen for many years, sometimes right across the street from John Denver's house up in Starwood, having to put up with his arrogant, me only attitude ways, not being able to work with my heavy equipment, making an honest living, and having to pay my employees to do nothing, because he did not want to hear the machines working while he was home, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT re-naming Mt. Sopris, john denver peak. [-X [-X What a slap in the face to the Roaring Fork Valley. Remember when the so called energy crisis hit, he wanted to have several thousand gallon gasoline storage tanks put in on his property in Starwood. That's an environmentalist???????? ](*,) [-X Just my opinion.

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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby mountainmanny » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:28 am

I think it a fitting paradigm...that the man who fought censorship is now needing censored....

or another option, pull a title from JD's legal name of...Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr

too bad Deutsch only sounds like "douche"...otherwise I would be in favor of calling it Deutschendorf Peak.
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby colorado yooper » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:16 pm

I'd love to see a Peak Named John Denver peak just to be able to say I ran out of gas while hiking John Denver Peak.

I just can't resist tasteless jokes.

Seriously I really like his music.
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby mountainmanny » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:50 am

ASPEN, Colo. -- An effort to name the eastern peak of Mount Sopris after the late John Denver has hit a snag.
The peak is located in a wilderness area and that could pose an obstacle to the plan.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names says Mount Sopris is in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and that could be a problem.

Denver was killed in 1997 when the experimental aircraft he was piloting crashed into the ocean near Pacific Grove, Calif.


http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28798584/detail.html
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby RosieTheSummiter » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:45 pm

On the subject of naming peaks, I think it would be pretty cool to see a "Mt. MiddleRoach".
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Re: John Denver Peak

Postby jibler » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:56 pm

I like a few of his songs...I respect his advocacy...but I cannot agree with this proposal.


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