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A day on the links with Woody Paige

by MILES F. PORTER IV

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Paige Jr., 63, a native of Memphis, is a sports columnist for The Denver Post, author, and a regular panelist on the third ranked in popularity ESPN sports-talk program Around the Horn.

Also, Woody is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee and a Baseball Hall of Fame voter.

That’s what Wikipedia tells us.

Now here’s some more: He’s taller than a headshot and a TV commentator’s chair seating tell. His manner is relaxed and that 15-handicap on the golf links makes him a congenial host at his home course of Cherry Creek Country Club. A quick wit, he’s not adverse to being the butt of his humor.

And, he loves the Kingdom of Breckenridge.

Hey, Spike! joined Summit notables just-retired CPA Penny Banks and financial adviser Steve Smith for a Woody-hosted foursome in Denver this week.

At a fundraiser for The Summit Foundation, Penny and Steve had teamed up to buy the round of golf and dinner.

During a most enjoyable round led by fore-caddie Vladimir de Venezuela, armed with a “SkyCaddie,” Steve asked Woody if he had “hole-in-one” insurance when he came close to putting in an ace, and this was his response – jokingly: “Hell, I don’t even have car insurance.”

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Reports of Dale and Pat Butler’s recent 12th Colorado Cajun Crustacean Consumption Carnival (CCCCC) tell of a huge success with 140 folks attending from all over the country – Annapolis to Texas.

The crowd included Mom and Dad Lucille and Aubrey Butler, Bill, Cathy and son Michael Butler, Jan Butler and Randy Mott, Betty, Mike and Emma Koenig and friend Drew; Barb, John, John Jr. and Tessa Theiss; Jeff, Margo, Lucas and Daphne Butler; Bruce and Cindy Atwell, with little ones Carly and Erik; Cathy Cox and kids Rachael and Dylan; Ray, Pooh and Warren Bishop; Vi Effinger, Tom and Sandy Anderson, Michael Bertaux, Dean Rogers, Tim and Patti Casey, Reggie and Pam Gray, Dave and Kay Erickson, Dave and Sheryl Wetzel, Ron and Linda Uhle, Scott Oswald, Drew and Cecelia Ward, Zeke and Sherry Zdechlik, Dan Kibbie, Jack and Jackie Cletcher, Deb and Tim Coultas, Steve Wennerstrom, Jan and Bob; Ralph and Ruth, Jack and Donna, Linda and Ralph, Bill and Paul, Bonnie Eos and family Jeff, Karin, Cody and Justin, Jenny and Ted Hartfelder, Mark and Eileen Sampson and daughter Allison; Jose Velasquez, Marcia Malone and niece Tess; Sean, Lori, Allie and Amber Wennerstrom and mom Bonnie; Lori Wennerstrom and friends Sean, Andy and Tiffany; Gayle Lammers and friend Kim; Jim Edwards, Nancy Gray, John and Carol McEncroe, Ricky, Carrie and Austin Clover, and Rodd Cairns.

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Darren and April Haramija and daughter Dylan Love were in-county visiting longtime friends and their favorite haunts. They left their jobs here (Darren as a Town of Frisco building inspector and April as a mortgage lender) and moved to Guntersville, Ala., April’s hometown.

About five years ago they opened up their “REI-like” Guntersville Outfitters, which is proving very successful.

They came out west – all the way to California – before stopping their silver Sprinter-Airstream-Westfalia RV here for a few days at the Bear’s Den Condos home of Ron Hoffman and Denise Cann.

“This was an excursion of 15 days, 5,000 miles with a 18-month-old,” says Darren. They had fun. Their email: info@guntersvilleoutfitters.com

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Visiting The Summit are Jim and Carole Russell of New Jersey and Florida.

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Back from Arizona’s heat is Phil La Casse, a staffer at George and Lisa Tousey’s and Seth Zelin’s Farley’s Chophouse. In the winter he manages Scottsdale’s Desert Canyon Golf Course Steakhouse.

Last time we spotted “Uncle Phil,” he was doing a bluesy harmonica warmup of “Route 66” for Tumbleweed when the Old Dillon Inn was closing for good. Pleasant guy.

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Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for nearly 20 years.

Your social info may be emailed

to milesfporteriv@aol.com.


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