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IQ: Dead White Guy Alley

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We understand the time-honored tradition of creating physical monuments to honor the achievements of the deceased, in this case, along Pikes Peak Avenue downtown. These rich white men, in their time, made contributions to Colorado Springs. But why only the white guys? Why not commit a statue to honor Fannie Mae Duncan, owner of the famed Cotton Club who, during civil rights battles, hung a sign in her window announcing "Everyone Welcome"?

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Sam Hudgens
Bookkeeper
Neighborhood: North End

Who was Spencer Penrose? Someone famous in the Colorado Springs development history. I think he was around at the turn of the century.

What did Stratton do? I don't know for sure.

Who founded Colorado Springs? Well, Lt. Zebulon Pike, shall we say, founded the place.

What do you think of Hank the Cowboy? [He] sort of transcends the modern era; we're now into the cowboy age.

Who's the next leader we should honor with a statue? I've thought about the mayor, but she's very much alive and might object to having a bronze made of her.

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Kristin Merryman
Unemployed
Neighborhood: Broadmoor

Who was Spencer Penrose? Penrose Library?

Who founded Colorado Springs? William Jackson Palmer.

What do you think of Hank the Cowboy? Well, I kind of like it. I think that it's really big and I don't really know the importance of it.

Who's the next leader we should honor with a statue? Nelson Mandela because I read his book and it was really, really good. That's the only person I can think of.

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Michael Collins
Stockbroker
Neighborhood: Woodmore

Who was Spencer Penrose? Spencer Penrose was one of the city fathers who was responsible for some of the economic activity on the mountain.

What did Stratton do? Myron Stratton was involved in mining, I believe, up in Cripple Creek.

Who founded Colorado Springs? William Palmer founded Colorado Springs.

What do you think of Hank the Cowboy? I have no idea why he exists. I like it, though.

Who's the next leader we should honor with a statue? Ronald Reagan because I admired him as a president.

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Josh Bremer
Student
Neighborhood: Old North End

Who was Spencer Penrose? He was this dude who, in the early 1900s, more or less helped found the city and get things running. He was just a big part of the high-class community.

What did Stratton do? I just know a school's named after him. Probably some rich dude who lived here.

Who founded Colorado Springs? General Palmer.

What do you think of Hank the Cowboy? [It] livens up the downtown community in a Western and contemporary style.

Who's the next leader we should honor with a statue? [Comedian] Adam Sandler. [I heard] he used to live here; he went to Wasson. He's one of the funniest guys, ever.

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