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Show some respect

The recent attention being paid to Hal Thau has been met with great amusement by the many people who worked with John Denver over the course of his career.

I would think that a respected periodical like Aspen Magazine or the equally respected Aspen Historical Society would have done a minimal amount of research before aiding the incredibly unashamed self-grandization of one of so little consequence.

Most of the people employed by John Denver were well aware of the fact that Hal Thau was nothing more than John’s accountant and had nothing to do with his career management until 1985, when he became John’s manager by default. Can anyone remember anything great that happened for John’s career after 1985?

It would be quite simple to find out the real truth concerning Hal Thau’s role in the John Denver organization, for all one would have to do is ask any of the scores of musicians, production staff, management and promotion people who worked for John.

They would eagerly tell the real story of this man who has now made himself into the self-proclaimed genius of John Denver’s career. To take advantage of a person’s death in order to enhance a feeble career in the entertainment business is to live a fraudulent life in its lowest form.

And for what? A chance to sell some book about yourself? Please, let’s show a little more respect for John Denver who truly did do great things in his lifetime.

Barney Wyckoff

Aspen


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