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Ours is a culture generated by corporate mass marketing and obscene amounts of money. Contemporary entertainment, sports and even politics are increasingly celebrity-oriented. From Britney to Christina, it seems everyone wants to be famous, the earlier the better (see cover story, page 17). But quick -- name one contemporary musician or group that you'll likely be listening to 10 years from now.

-- Bob Campbell

Dorothy Alvarez  -  - Stay-at-home mom   -  - West Side   -  -  - Name every famous person you can who came from Colorado Springs.  Lon Chaney, Elvira ... -  - What's your view on the explosion of teen-age pop stars over the past 10-15 years? I think it's detrimental. It's mostly based on surface image instead of on what's real. It's sad to me that kids today don't know what they could aspire toward, what's truly admirable. -  - Name a current musical group, vocalist or writer who will be taken seriously 10 years from now.  I can't think of anyone likely to last more than a year or two.  -  - What's your closest brush with celebrity or stardom? I grew up in Hollywood, so I was surrounded by celebrities, even in church. Every waiter and waitress in town was going to be famous.
  • Dorothy Alvarez

    Stay-at-home mom

    West Side

    Name every famous person you can who came from Colorado Springs. Lon Chaney, Elvira ...

    What's your view on the explosion of teen-age pop stars over the past 10-15 years? I think it's detrimental. It's mostly based on surface image instead of on what's real. It's sad to me that kids today don't know what they could aspire toward, what's truly admirable.

    Name a current musical group, vocalist or writer who will be taken seriously 10 years from now. I can't think of anyone likely to last more than a year or two.

    What's your closest brush with celebrity or stardom? I grew up in Hollywood, so I was surrounded by celebrities, even in church. Every waiter and waitress in town was going to be famous.

Matt Newton  -  - Caster at Michael Garmans -  - Downtown   -  -  -  - Name every celebrity you can think of who comes from Colorado Springs. Goose Gossage. -  - Do you know a local who's likely to be famous, or who deserves to be famous, but isn't? A lot of teachers and small-business men deserve more recognition, but I don't know anyone likely to become famous. -  - What's your read on the runaway proliferation of adolescent celebrity in recent years? Some of them seem to work pretty hard to get where they're at; others just seem to be manufactured. -  - Name a current musical group or celebrity who'll be important 10 years down the road. Great Redneck Hope. -  - Describe your closest brush with a celebrity. I saw the guy who does sports at one of the local news channels at King Soopers one time.
  • Matt Newton

    Caster at Michael Garmans

    Downtown

    Name every celebrity you can think of who comes from Colorado Springs. Goose Gossage.

    Do you know a local who's likely to be famous, or who deserves to be famous, but isn't? A lot of teachers and small-business men deserve more recognition, but I don't know anyone likely to become famous.

    What's your read on the runaway proliferation of adolescent celebrity in recent years? Some of them seem to work pretty hard to get where they're at; others just seem to be manufactured.

    Name a current musical group or celebrity who'll be important 10 years down the road. Great Redneck Hope.

    Describe your closest brush with a celebrity. I saw the guy who does sports at one of the local news channels at King Soopers one time.

Andrew Anderson  -  - UCCS student  -  - Patty Jewett area -  -  -  - Name anyone famous from Colorado Springs. I'm drawing a blank. -  - Name a presently unknown local who merits future fame. My sister. She's so intuitive and intellectual with these fantastic ideas that would benefit the world in general. -  - What's your response to how adolescence has come to dominate popular culture in recent years? It makes sense. It gives kids something to look up to, but I can't say I find it appealing. It doesn't cause any big problems, though. -  - Is there a contemporary musical group we'll still take seriously 10 years from now? We'll still listen to Tool in 10 years. Their music-writing skills are great. Most groups nowadays, though, are manufactured. They're a flash-in-the-pan product of trends and corporate money.
  • Andrew Anderson

    UCCS student

    Patty Jewett area

    Name anyone famous from Colorado Springs. I'm drawing a blank.

    Name a presently unknown local who merits future fame. My sister. She's so intuitive and intellectual with these fantastic ideas that would benefit the world in general.

    What's your response to how adolescence has come to dominate popular culture in recent years? It makes sense. It gives kids something to look up to, but I can't say I find it appealing. It doesn't cause any big problems, though.

    Is there a contemporary musical group we'll still take seriously 10 years from now? We'll still listen to Tool in 10 years. Their music-writing skills are great. Most groups nowadays, though, are manufactured. They're a flash-in-the-pan product of trends and corporate money.

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