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Julie Geller's journey {VIDEO}

Julie Geller's journey {VIDEO}

JULIE Geller took lessons in piano (“terrible”), flute (“horrible”) and voice (“abysmal”) as a kid. But an encounter with a C chord in the 10th grade awakened wider possibilities.

“I didn’t realize that my primary talent was being a songwriter until a friend played the C chord,” says Geller, slightly flushed after dropping her children off at school.

“When he showed me other chords, I could hear the progression of melody and realized I could build different melodies on top. It’s all about the chord structure, and the potential for melody.”

This sudden waterfall of sound and form compelled her to play chords for hours and hours, interspersing some of her own music with familiar tunes — especially “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:54 )

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Ruth & Jack Cohen, transplant and life partners

Ruth & Jack Cohen, transplant and life partnersJack Cohen answers the front door before the bell rings. “This is Wally,” he introduces the white barking dog in his arms. “He’s really sweet, but he’s a little nervous around strangers.” Wally is gently lowered to the floor, gives a farewell bark and scampers away. Ruth Cohen is in the kitchen. “Coffee?” she asks. “Decaf or real? Real coffee it is. Jack, will you make a cup? Oh, here’s a bag of leftover Halloween candy. Maybe later.” At 9:45 on a lazy weekend morning, R...
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Marshall Zelinger, broadcast journalist

Marshall Zelinger, broadcast journalistAward winning 7NEWS Denver reporter Marshall Zelinger may have gotten his formal training as a journalist in J School at CU-Boulder, but the most important skill that he uses “weeknights at 10” was one he learned in kindergarten. Show-and-tell. Now, rather than bringing his favorite toy and showing the class how it works, Zelinger relies upon relentless investigative skills to find stories to tell, and an arsenal of high-tech toys to show them. This includes the “Zelistrator,” Channel ...
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Max & Elaine Appel, a GLOing relationship

Max & Elaine Appel, a GLOing relationshipMax and Elaine Appel have been partners since the moment they met. Max was an upper classman at CU in 1956 and Elaine was a freshman. Max, a campus activist, was putting up posters for a school event. “I ran into him in the hall and he kind of dared me to put up a poster in the men’s room. I realized it was the end of the day and there wouldn’t be anyone in there, so I did it.” To this day, Max and Elaine Appel are true life partners — in marriage, business and tikkun olam, repairing...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:33 )

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Justice William Hood, Colorado Supreme Court

Justice William Hood, Colorado Supreme CourtThe Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in the heart of Denver is the kind of place that could go to your head. Everything about the neoclassical structure that opened in late 2012 — the stunning glass atrium facing the State Capitol, the gleaming marble walls and floors, the plentiful Colorado-themed art, the colorful Native American rugs, the spacious courtrooms and chambers, rich in mahogany and high-tech gadgetry — speaks of eminence, prominence, gravity. In short, the awesome power...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:33 )

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