While all who manage to graduate from high school, community college or university at this time of year are to be commended for their pluck and perseverance, we would be remiss if we didn’t give a special tip of the hat to Brian Nemeth, a fixture of downtown Colorado Springs’ cultural landscape for the past 12 years during which time he has tirelessly sold his poems and screeds for money to pay for school supplies and fees throughout his long journey at Pikes Peak Community College. Brian, in the unlikely chance you haven’t met him in one of your downtown peregrinations, suffers from autism and schizophrenia, yet maintains a tenaciously optimistic disposition and remains unflappable in his dream of becoming an anchor and/or host on Fox News. Few facing lesser obstacles could manage to hold on to a dream with odds that long, nevermind enduring 12 years of community college. As Brian prepares to move to Denver to attend Metro State, we salute him. Downtown won’t be the same without you, Brian.

 

12 Responses to Brian Nemeth: The Graduate

  1. Matt says:

    Man, I’ve always wondered about him. Great story! Autism and schizophrenia must be a tough combo. Best of luck!

  2. Sarah hope says:

    Congratulations to Brian! We wish you all the best in Denver.

  3. tOkKa says:

    –>> :thumbs up: , Scoop ~~

    ~ t

  4. Joan Taylor says:

    Brian – nice job. At the end of the day it’s perseverance that separates those who succeed. It is the single greatest attribute anyone may have, imo. Good fortune to you – though you are creating your own.

  5. kathryn says:

    Congratulations, Brian. All of Colorado Springs wishes you the best in your continued pursuits. Here’s to the hardest working journalist in town.

  6. k f collins says:

    Bravo, Brian! We are exceedingly proud of YOU!

  7. Becca says:

    Brian’s passion and perseverance can’t be beat. Well done, sir!

  8. Gina says:

    Awesome! We are going to miss you.

  9. Kitty Brilliant says:

    Brian – I am so happy for you. You always had big dreams and I enjoyed your daily visits at my desk at Palmer. What a fellow you are! Don’t ever give up. Kitty Brilliant

  10. Kelly Tobin says:

    As a CC grad and a person with a disability who, like Brian, found a college hangout at Poor Richard’s, I’d like to suggest that we often only “suffer”(as suggested by the writer) due to a lack of accomodation in policy or attitude. Congratulations, Brian, for beating the odds and encouraging me to do the same!

  11. Tall City says:

    Congrats Brian! Your poems will be a hit on Colfax!!

News

May 26, 2015 | NPR · The move sets up a showdown Wednesday with lawmakers in the state’s unicameral legislature. A close vote is expected as lawmakers try to override the veto.
 

EPA /Landov
May 26, 2015 | NPR · Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. But high temperatures persist across much of the country of 1 billion people.
 

AP
May 26, 2015 | NPR · Analysts have noted that dividing districts based on eligible voters rather than total population would tend to shift representative power to localities with fewer children and fewer immigrants.
 

Arts & Life

Library of Congress
May 26, 2015 | NPR · Perhaps no one did more to show us the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photos of farm workers and others have become iconic of the era.
 

Jeff Koehler for NPR
May 26, 2015 | NPR · Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don’t Bite The Sun and Death’s Master – the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
May 26, 2015 | NPR · Watch the hydration-obsessed Chicago rapper’s new video for the Kaytranada-produced single from his upcoming EP, Wave[s].
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 26, 2015 | WXPN · The country star performs songs from her most recent album, last year’s The Way I’m Livin’.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab