ABSTRACT: Hans Bowker recounts his life in Colorado, from being a CU student during the Vietnam War, to working on a farm, and starting his business, Event Construction, which provided the infrastructure for such local events as the Coors Classic bicycle race, the Kinetics Conveyance Challenge and the Bolder Boulder. He also rehabbed property in Erie, is involved in local politics, and is on the airport board. He was the campaign manager for Jake the Booner Dog, who infamously ran for mayor of Erie in 1994. He discusses how growth has affected Erie and talks about the upcoming election, which will determine if Erie approves a bond issue for a new recreation center.
People: Leon A. Wurl
Places: Boulder, Longmont, Erie
Topics: being in ROTC as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado in Boulder in the early 1970s, anti-war sentiment on campus, dorm life at CU in the 1970s, acquiring the nickname “Rags”, financial challenge of farming east of Longmont in the mid-1970s to early-1980s, Event Construction (event set-up business), Coors Classic bicycle race, Kinetic Conveyance Challenge, Bolder Boulder, Agnew Hotel, description of Erie in the late nineteen-seventies, involvement with the Erie Airport Board, Erie Municipal Airport, growth of Erie city government, campaign of Jake the Booner Dog for mayor of Erie in 1994, financial issues in the growth of Erie, plan to follow Coal Creek in Erie to the Gulf of Mexico.