Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chapter 7 Footnotes

Currently the foundation’s statutes read: “Work produced by a person since deceased shall not be considered for an award. If, however, a prizewinner dies before he has received the prize, then the prize may be presented.”
It’s true that since 1974 the Nobel prize cannot be awarded posthumously.
Antonia Simone, the woman whose invention and death led to the discovery of the afterlife, praised the decision … Nobel watchers agree Simone is unlikely to be nominated.
Dr. Antonia Simone invented what later became known as the AfterNet field. Unfortunately her zeal in trying to develop the field led to the deaths of two volunteers.
“But Dr. Olaf Bols definitely deserves recognition and it would help dispel the notion that he ‘stumbled into his field.’”
Bols’ accidental death helped establish the validity of Dr. Simone’s work. It was he that determined that a living person’s fields could be “fingerprinted” for later identification, and was the first person to be so validated after his electrocution.
 Munroe had been asked to stake out a bench in Cheesman Park and observed a payoff between a driver’s license examiner and the person running the scam.

Cheesman Park is a lovely park east of downtown. With the high-rise apartments surrounding it, it has a little New York Central Park feel. It’s named after Walter Scott Cheesman and was, appropriately enough, originally Prospect Hill Cemetery. When you’re walking through the park, you may occasionally observe slight depressions in the ground that might have been someone’s grave (not all were removed when the cemetery became the park).

“The usual,” he said. “Caught one of the games at the sports bar next to Coors Field.”
She opened her eyes. “You mean Hooters, don’t you?”
Coors Field, is of course, home to the Colorado Rockies, who have, as I write this in August 2011, pretty much given up any chance of a pennant race. The Hooters has closed, much to Munroe’s annoyance.
Yamaguchi and Munroe parked on the street next to the church in the Five Points region of Denver.
Five Points is an historically black area northeast of downtown Denver. But like many areas has seen a lot of gentrification as lower downtown spread northward. It is so named because  Washington and Welton streets meet 27th Street and 26th Avenue, a consequence of the 45° angled downtown streets meeting the north-south/east-west oriented streets of the rest of the city.
“Wow, demotivators,” she said.

My particular friend Lee adores demotivators, and I’ve always enjoyed this poster. I think it says a lot of the Rev. Anderson that he would have this in his office.

… like the picture of Lee Harvey Oswald getting shot.

I’m always happy to toot the horn for a fellow Coloradan.

Munroe spent a few hours that night at Duffy’s, a bar near the eastern end of the 16th Street Mall.
In my world, Duffy’s bar never closed.

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