Westword First edition
Created by Judah Freed on 28/02/2008
A small group of us freelance writers gathered in a Washington Park home in 1977 to join Patty Calhoun, Sandy Widener and Rob Simon in planning the first edition of Westword. We knew Denver had never seen a publication like this before. Not even the Straight Creek Journal or the celebrated Cervi's Journal dared to fulfill a vision this audacious.
In the five years that followed as I wrote for almost every edition of Westword until my journalism career took me in other directions, my editor was Sandy Widener. I grew to respect and honor her keen editorial instincts, from finding the right angle in a story to spotting that missing element in my reporting to gave the whole piece its broader context. I also grew to love her wit and good humor, her charm, and her strong sense of integrity.
I felt deeply moved by the news of Sandy's sudden accidental death with most of her family. The fragility of life was driven home to me along with a firm conviction that none of us can afford to defer our dreams. If we have a clear vision, like Sandy shared with Patty and Rob, we need to get off our backsides and go for it --now!
Sandy, you are missed.
Ken Judah Freed
Author, Global Sense
Host, KGNU "Metro" Talk show
Publisher, Media Visions Press Ltd