Listeners Comments On Hunter S. Thompson, Aging And Microhousing

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In our regular feedback segment, Loud & Clear, we share listener responses to some of our recent segments, and we received an enormous response to our interview of Anita Thompson. It's been 10 years since her husband, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, took his own life at their home in Woody Creek, near Aspen. Now she wants to turn the place, where Thompson did his writing, into a private museum.

"There are magnificent red cliffs on the property and there are 40 acres of untouched, beautiful wild that my goal is to protect and preserve from development and to make the home a private museum," Anita Thompson told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. "So I will not be moving, but I will be making room for guests to come on an appointment basis only so they can enjoy and experience the way Hunter lived."

Dozens of people commented on Facebook, including Nick McGuire, who writes: "Just another reason to visit Colorado: the gonzo museum."

Joey Schrecongost wondered this: "I want to go, but knowing Hunter S. Thompson, he doesn't want all of us in his house."

And Dana Lybrand writes: "My first thought is about where his house is located. I am sure the good people of the community of Woody Creek will most certainly have more than something to say about this development!"

Don't pack your bags yet. Thompson says the museum won't open until the end of the year -- at the earliest.

Kim Cochran, of Centennial, chimed in about our recent story on the growing number of seniors who go hungry. Cochran suggests the doctor's office is a good place to identify older people in that predicament: "Maybe it is time that [doctors] not only screen for diabetes and hypertension, but also for food insecurity."

We checked around and while some doctors ask patients about hunger issues, many do not. Kaiser Permanente doctors now ask a question about food insecurity to its Medicare patients.

In another story about seniors, we highlighted people in their 80s who stay in shape. Geoffrey Levens wrote on Facebook that he liked what 87-year-old Denver fitness instructor John Gillingham told us about exercising, especially the part about not overdoing it. "Moderation is indeed key," Levens writes, "and I can say that as a former pedal to the metal... kind of guy [who is] dealing with the fall out of all the pushing too hard now."

Finally, our segment on microhousing -- very small apartments -- now popping up in Denver brought this memory from Sharon Beaudette Kennedy: "My first apartment in [New York City with my husband] was 450 square feet. It was also our first year of marriage. [And] made us learn to communicate... quickly."

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