Monday, February 8, 2010

Birthplace of Bill Finger

From 2/1 to 2/5, I was in Denver—first time in almost 14 years and first time as an author.

I had the honor of speaking at two branches of the Denver Public Library (to some of the most invested kids I've met recently), a lively school, and the well-run Colorado Council International Reading Association annual conference.

Most biographical sources on Bill Finger, uncredited co-creator and original writer of Batman, state he was born in New York, but it was Denver. I imagine it still felt like the Wild West when Bill entered the world there in 1914 because parts of it still felt like the Wild West last week.

Though this is unlike me, I got no photos at my speaking events; however, I did snap one of this sign in my hotel, finding it clever:

Miscellaneous mile-high observations:
  • For the first time, I saw a school gym that was carpeted.
  • I forgot how thirsty you wake up when high up.
  • Though not good with directions, I found navigating the Denver airport easy and quick. Then again, it was 5 a.m.
  • No Dunkin' Donuts or Chase Bank, which I suppose is a fair balance since in parts of the Northeast you encounter one of each on every other block.
  • In Colorado, it's illegal to warm up a car without staying in it. However, I didn't learn this the hard way.

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