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IN RETROSPECT –– BOULDER DAILY CAMERA NEWSPAPER COLUMN
From 1998 through the first few months of 2020, I wrote (and then alternated with Carol Taylor) a history column for the Boulder Daily Camera. Compilations of some of my history columns are in my books Only in Boulder: The County’s Colorful Characters and Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place Revisited (see Books page). The initial column never had a name, but several of the articles (along with the latest ones) can be found, below, by clicking on “IN RETROSPECT –– Pettem’s history columns,” below.
Then, in March 2021, the Camera revived the history column with its own name –– IN RETROSPECT. A link to the articles is posted in the red box, below.
(I started writing for the Camera in 1976, with historical features, as well as a food column. From 1984 to 1988, I wrote historical features for the Longmont Times-Call. From 1996-1998, I wrote a history column for the Boulder Planet. During this time, I also contributed to the Coloradan –– the University of Colorado's alumni magazine –– and have freelanced for a number of national and international publications from the California Mining Journal to Evidence Technology Magazine to the British magazine Cornish World.)
A few selected photos (to go with some of the articles) below:
Horse-drawn vehicles required skilled drivers, column on January 16, 2022
On a hot day, Arapaho Glacier was a cool place to go, column on August 1, 2021
Boulder’s Red Rocks –– A place where people crossed paths , column on July 4, 2021
Boulder history columns revive long tradition, March 14, 2021
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Long-term missing persons
Cold case homicides
Boulder County, Colorado, history