A chance en­counter with David Bowie in Den­ver in 1980

Re: “Bowie in Colorado,” Jan. 12 news story.

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

It was a beau­ti­ful July night in 1980 when I saw David Bowie at the Den­ver Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts with a friend. I can hardly put into words how mes­mer­ized I was as I watched his awe­some per­for­mance as John Mer­rick, the “ele­phant man,” on stage. Af­ter the per­for­mance, I said to my friend, Frank, that we should go by the stage door. I was in­quis­i­tive about Bowie’s na­ture and I also knew that Den­ver’s the­ater crowd wouldn’t be think­ing about the stage door — af­ter all, Den­ver was a cow town com­pared to Chicago, where I’d just moved from. So Frank and I waited in the warm sum­mer evening, be­ing young and alive on a night out on the town. About a half-hour later, the stage door opened and Bowie ap­peared. There were only a hand­ful of peo­ple around as he started to sign au­to­graphs, and for some rea­son I said to him, “David … David … .” And, in his Bri­tish ac­cent, he said, “Just a minute, lovey,” and gave me a gen­tle kiss on my cheek and signed my pro­gram.

I am sad­dened that he has passed on. He was a ter­rific artist and a gen­tle man.

Lynn Josef, Den­ver

David Bowie per­forms in “The Ele­phant Man” at the Au­di­to­rium Theatre in Den­ver on July 30, 1980. Bowie died last Sun­day. Den­ver Post file

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