Blame it on the specter of Y2K, but 1999 was a weird year, at least as measured by the Best Of Colorado Springs issue that came out 15 years ago this week. For instance, in our annual Readers' Poll, Garden of the Gods — you know, that place that was just named second-best park on Earth by TripAdvisor — was voted third-best city park (behind Monument Valley and Memorial).
Anyway, here are some excerpts from "editorial picks" in that issue:
Best Example of the Future is Now!
New Taco Bell/Pizza Hut One-stop Shop
12 S. Tejon St.
Heralding a promise for the future, the two local favorites are merging their resources and bringing their act to the heart of downtown. Where else can you get a seven-layer burrito with extra cheese and mushrooms? Now if we can just replace Pikes Perk with a Texaco and put a Walmart up where the Ritz and Il Vicino now sit ... we'll cover all the survival needs for the 21st century without having to leave the block.
Best City Council Attendance Record for a Non-elected Citizen
Sally Clarke [sic]
Were Colorado Springs just a big old high school, Westside activist and former mayoral candidate Sally Clarke would be the one that never missed a class, always got her homework done on time, and always was the first one with a hand raised when the teacher asks "Who'd like to erase the blackboard for us today?"
Best Unchanging Hairstyle on a Local Anchorperson
Eric Singer, Channel 11 News
People don't like change. It's disconcerting, frightening. That's why so many people tune into Channel 11 News each night at 6. While the anchorwomen, meteorologists, sportscasters and reporters have come and gone, one thing remains consistent: Eric Singer and his hair. The rich brown locks, meticulously parted on the left and combed to a sheen Sam Donaldson style, comfort us. We know that we can tune in, and our news will be delivered by someone dependable, reliable. ... Eric Singer, you are our rock.
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