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Walt Imhoff 1931-2014

Walt Imhoff knew to listen to another human heart and give of himself in kind. First, he was extraordinarily successful and philanthropic. You would regularly see him smiling from the society pages with his beloved wife Georgia at his side. After her death in 2009, the smile faded. He prevailed but never recovered. When Walt Imhoff died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at age 82, the Lion of 17th Street left an enormous hole in our hearts.

Born in Denver on Aug. 7, 1931, Mr. Imhoff earned a BS in business from Regis in 1955. Initially vice president at Coughlin and Co., he left five years later to join Hanifen, Imhoff & Samford. In 1980, the firm changed its name to Hanifen, Imhoff. By then, the company was one of largest banking firms in the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2000, the company merged with Stifel, Nicolaus, where Imhoff was managing director until his retirement in 2007.

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Calling a critique of Kerry ‘personal’ is a slippery slope

It is certainly true that to make nasty remarks about, let alone threats against, Sec. of State John Kerry is beyond the pale and, to boot, counerproductive. That said, it also true that it becomes easy to squelch debate about Kerry’s Israel-Palestinian initiative by calling critiques of his policies “personal.” To be sure, it is not yet known precisely what his policies are. But a lot has been leaked, and, beyond that, since when is it is the role of a third country to dictate to Israel ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:42 )

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Bad feelings, bad finances, bad repairs, in Adar

Purim is more than parties. And not just because the raucous holiday has a serious side, very serious indeed. In ancient Persia the Jews were threatened with genocide. Check out the twists and turns of the plot in the biblical Scroll of Esther, the “Megillah,” read publicly twice every Purim. The confrontation between the ancient Persian Jewish community and its enemies all came to a head in the Hebrew month of Adar. The strategies of Mordechai and his niece, the heroine Esther, plus the ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 03:01 )

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The Broncos’ advance help for Yom Kippur

Yes, it was tragic. And more than that. The Denver Broncos’ ignominious drubbing by the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday was humiliating, depressing, deflating, demeaning, confounding (if you, like us, cannot figure out how this world class team played so awfully) and perhaps even haunting (if you are one of those who ascribe that momentously terrible performance to some supernatural agency, which we do not — we think). Yes, this year’s Super Bowl was surely all of that. But it was not the ...
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Kerry’s loose tongue on boycotts

If Israel faces additional boycotts in the aftermath of a failure of John Kerry’s attempts to negotiate a peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, three questions arise: First, what will be boycotted? Second, what is the ideology behind the boycott? Third, who will be responsible? I. What will be boycotted? Israeli products produced on the West Bank. How are these products produced? Item: Rami Levy, the head of the budget supermarket chain that bears his name, operates three loca...
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