National Affairs: Landslide in the Rockies

In the years after World War I, Denver dreamed more of the past than of the future. So did Mayor Ben Stapleton (TIME, March 10). Old Ben was one of the most powerful city bosses in the U.S., but he devoted himself mainly to falling asleep at banquets and opposing change. But when Denver woke to the alarm-clock jangle of World War II, and began to grow and get new industry, its 77-year-old boss suddenly seemed as outmoded as a wooden sidewalk.

Last week, after two decades, Denver threw Old Ben and his creaky...

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