Columnist, former City Councilman and Colorado Springs native son John Hazlehurst is a vast trove of local history and one of the city’s most colorful raconteurs. Craig Richardson and Noel Black sat down with him to record some of his more vivid memories of his political life as a member of City Council and protege of then-Mayor Bob Isaac from 1991 to 1997. Among the highlights of these anecdotes: a possible lost opportunity to have averted TABOR, how Mary Lou Makepeace stole his thunder, and sage words from the liquored-up lips of Mayor Bob.

Part I –  The World’s Largest Outdoor Lunatic Asylum:  Understanding Politics in Colorado Springs

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Part II – A Brand of Libertarianism so Extreme it Makes Sean Paige Look Like a Flaming Liberal

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Part III – A Campaign Born of Revenge

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Part IV – A Strong Mayor, Lionel Rivera, Colonoscopies and the Southern Delivery System

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Part V – What Makes Doug Bruce Tick?

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Part VI – Remembering Mayor Bob

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Part VII – Mary Lou Makepeace: Destroyer of Dreams

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Part VIII – Advice to those Pondering a Political Run

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(Colorado Springs Mayor Bob Isaac talking to girl in baseball cap. Photo by Myron Wood, 1981. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5914.)

 

One Response to A Man About Council: Memoirs of a Rakish Raconteur

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    HOW I MISS MAYOR BOB!

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