Stuff by Stan Badgett

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Mutt & Jeff: Metafizzle moments

    Back in the ‘60s, I lived on a cramped back porch on The Hill in Boulder.

    Two mattresses were jammed side by side — one for my high school buddy, Milo, and one for me. At the end of the mattresses was a hotplate toread more →

  • Sections: Opinion Published

    Mutt & Jeff: Memories of the Bastille

    At the entrance to Eldorado Canyon stands a rock tower, the Bastille, named after the gloomy prison stormed during the French Revolution.

    It is 350 feet high, dark and bulky, yet stately, like its namesake. It rises crisp and vertical, an emphatic statement in rust-redread more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Mutt & Jeff: It’s like…

    Ask my students — I’m a stickler when it comes to using the word “like.”

    Generally, it’s prohibited in my classroom. At least when it’s meant to stand for veritably — in other words, as an intensifier. If a person wants to intensify a statement, it doesn’t help… read more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Mutt & Jeff: Double entry

    I’m a columnist, not a communist.

    I believe it’s a good idea to divide a sheet of paper by a vertical line, creating two columns, a device making honest comparisons possible. By this simple means, one can tally shared characteristics as well as identify whereread more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Apples of the Earth

    Ah, Potato Day! There’s something in the spud to think about.

    Fred Geis used to play a tune on the radio: “You’re My Little Potato.” Fred, a fellow poet, wrote a poem extolling Anne Holden, who always wore her hair pulled up in a bun.read more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Mutt & Jeff: Remembering Dick Sparks and Milo

    This morning we bicycled past a handsome old cabin in Carbondale festooned with an American flag.

    It reminded me of a “cabin” in Boulder — a dilapidated garage, really — where my friend Dick Sparks used to live. He was a music fanatic who ownedread more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Mutt & Jeff: Scenes from work

    My father and I started a painting company years ago, at one point trying to talk businesses into letting us repaint their signs. Once, we parked in front of a meat-packing plant in Loveland, Colo. I went into the office while Dad stayed out in the car toread more →