Our family has bonded over reading out loud many things written by Mr. Tosches. He will be missed. Thank you, Independent, for supporting a fine writing talent and for letting us know that you didn't fire him!
What a funny guy...and an important social critic contributing much to our community.
He is a really good man from my experience of him.
There is no one like him around here and we are the poorer for his departure!
Rich's best work was that which was apolitical and of the common man. Sadly, with the passing years he fell prey to the same diseases that has gripped most of America's fourth estate - political agendas and divisiveness.
A city that is easily amused, obviously. More "Wheel of Fortune" fans than "Jeopardy" fans, indeed. A cruel observation on my part so therein lies my punishment- self-inflicted.
But, may I point out that in this city there is a library. They have books, many of them, with real humor as well, stuff that would apply to every day things. Start with Mark Twain!
I miss him, his writing was awesome. My fave was Long Live the FONG.
I've read his column for along time, sometimes laughing, sometimes shaking my head and wondering if he is making some of it up. His eulogy to his dad was hard to read, my eyes were swimming in tears. A man who can do all that with ink and paper is not going to stay quiet long, at least I hope not.
As a City employee in the 80 's and 90's, I found his barbs, satirical reviews, and highlighting of our foibles thought provoking and often hilarious. It kept me from taking things too seriously. I truly will miss his community commentary. Good luck,Susie and Rich, in this next chapter.
Fond memories of reading Rich's Gazette articles and blowing coffee out my nose into my breakfast cereal. The gin and tonic nose wash as I read the Indy in the evening is not so fond but memorable. Yep, will really miss the Ranger...
teabaggerville has run off another one. humor is a great way to make a point... even if the faux newsers don't get it. good luck Rich.
"...nobody in the Colorado Springs media has made more people laugh, more people angry and more people offended."
Amen to that. A true sign of someone who had mastered his craft.
I will miss his columns here in the Indy (once every few weeks in the Denver Post isn't enough).
I hate to see him go. He's been a Colorado Springs institution.
Rich, here's wishing you the best of luck. Have fun, man.
Even though I left the Springs a couple of years ago, I kept up by relying upon the readings of Mr. Tosches' finger on the prostate of the city. Thanks Mr. Routon for this update, and thanks to him for making us laugh for so long.
Coincidentally, before I turned to this morning's Indy updates, I was looking at a MoJo article from yesterday entitled 'Nobody Cares What You Think Unless You're Rich'.
Yeah. Best of luck Rich.
Thanks Ralph! He will be missed by lots of folks.
Ranger Rich will certainly be missed by me. Thanks for sharing this.
Good job, sir!!
Congratulations, Ralph. Losing 59 pounds is no easy task. Kudos on your discipline!
Keep it up!
Good for you Ralph
That's great news Ralph, good for you!
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