Retired Col. Dave Hughes, the 85-year-old historian of the west side who we've covered once or twice, is to receive whatever the Inspirational Leader Award is from Mayor Steve Bach.
Outside of his role as The Guy Who Was Here Before All of You, Hughes is also a strident commenter on social issues. Here he is writing on our site in 2011 about Christianity at the U.S. Air Force Academy: "I am sick and tired of all you atheists, agnostics, witch, and earth worshippers trying to FORCE the AFA Command to follow YOUR dictates as to what is, or is not, 'religiously acceptable or 'religious biased.' Start your own Atheist Air Academy if you are so worried about what YOUR acceptable cadets believe or do not believe."
He also weighed in the other day with thoughts on the Supreme Court's recent decisions about DOMA and California's Proposition 8:
"I am glad my wife (who was female) and to whom I was married 57 years, (and we had 3 natural born children I sired) before she died at 81 years old (I am 85 now) did not live to witness today's Abomination of the meaning and long legal, cultural, and religious tradition of 'Marriage' between one man and one woman," he wrote on an Associated Press story hosted on gazette.com. "As long as I live I will have a bad taste in my mouth from how my 'marriage' has been sullied.
"I could have tolerated (barely) the idea and lawfulness of the fad of 'civil unions.' But when those who wanted to expropriate the entire meaning and state of 'marriage' for their own selfish reasons, I bailed."
So, here's to Col. Dave, the purported medical-meth lover (not true) who put a QR code on his wife's gravestone (true). If you want to attend, hit the Old Colorado City History Center at 10 a.m., Monday, July 1.