For a long time, Denver was a two-newspaper town: the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. We were a News family, because that’s where my dad worked as a wine and restaurant critic from 1983 until 1997. During that time, Denver experienced a full-blown newspaper war. The News’ Gene Amole offered matchless diaries while the Post’s curmudgeonly Woody Paige performed verbal surgery on the local athletes. Combatants of both newsrooms met to compare notes, circulations, and tolerances for martinis at the Denver Press Club. And then the News shuttered in 2009, leaving Denver with one daily paper, the Post, which, nine years later, is fighting for its life.
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