For Denver private investigators who are skipping work and heading to Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska for the Great American Eclipse and for Denver private investigators who are staying in Colorado
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
The last time an eclipse crossed the United States via ocean to ocean trajectory was 1918. It's happening again on August 21st and although Colorado misses the zone of "totality" where a total eclipse can be witnessed, many Coloradans --including many Colorado private investigators-- are throwing their drones and surveillance cameras in the back of their SUVs and hitting the Northbound I25 to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
In Glendo, Wyoming where I'm heading on Monday, August 21st the partial eclipse is expected to take place between 10:24 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. and the total eclipse (depending on where you are in Wyoming) runs from 11:45 a.m. to 11:47 a.m.
As careful as private investigators are on the job, the importance of safety, even for those viewing the partial eclipse from Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Trinidad or Pueblo, cannot be underemphasized. Rod Pyle's SpaceDOTcom story about eye damage caused by viewing "partial solar eclipses with faulty equipment as a child" is a poignant one. "Trust me," he cautions, "it's not worth it. And the worst part? There are no pain receptors in your eyes, so you won't know you are damaging them until a few days later when it's too late."
And for those of you who have to miss the total or partial eclipse due to work assignments? Check out Dave Mosher's Business Insider article about how to follow "NASA TV's feed." Mosher explains that "Facebook will also promote the space agency's 4K-resolution, 360-degree Facebook Live broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. This livestream will be fully interactive, so you can look around and feel like you're actually on the ground in the path of totality. (Though nothing can beat the real experience.)" Of course if you really want the larger picture, you can also see how eclipses look like from space by going here and seeing how Discover Magazine compiled space images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter, however as Mosher says, nothing will beat the real thing.
The United States Postal Service's heat sensitive eclipse stamps are the first postage stamp made with heat activated ink. Chromatic Technologies Inc., a 54 person team based in Colorado Springs, provided the special thermochromic ink for the 60 million solar-eclipse stamps printed this summer" according to The Denver Post. The Denver Post also wrote a useful article (via a Boulder Daily Camera correspondent from Ft Collins) on pet safety tips during an eclipse.
If you tweet your eclipse photos to us at @MileHiPI we'll be sure to share them with the community. You can also share your eclipse images on our Facebook page.
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator
With 8.4 breweries per capita (Colorado is third in the nation) Denver distilleries are no anomaly. Given the mile high city's epic frontier, crime and bootlegger history, however it is surprising that Detective and film noir themed parties are as rare as grizzly bear sightings.
You'll be able to catch one of those rare opportunities on Saturday, July 8th when the Clifford Still Museum hosts DiSTILLed: Noir. The theme draws inspiration from Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, an exhibit they are running in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum.
The invitation encourages participants to "dress in your noir best" which may actually make this the best private investigator date night event in the city's post-speakeasy history. The party will also include blackout poetry (popularized by the writer Austin Kleon) and a detail detective game to play in the galleries.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. As well as getting you access to the party and galleries, entry includes two bands (one of them is blues) spinning spiral video projections, a cash bar with a selection of locally brewed gin, beer and vodka. There will also be a selection of Filipino food and Sleuths with a sweet tooth can hover by the candy station!
The Clyfford Still museum is located at:
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
DiSTILLed Noir takes place Saturday, July 8th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Advanced tickets available on the website.
For discounted parking garages near the Museum, guests may use Parking Panda and the promotion code: CLYFFORD15. Metered street parking is also available. Bike racks are located on the south side of the Museum.
If you're planning to drive in from Wyoming, Ft Collins, Boulder, Louisville or Westminster click here for directions. If you're coming from Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock, Centennial, Parker, Lone Tree, Englewood other places south of Denver, drive north on I-25 to the Lincoln-Broadway exit (207).
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
If you're in Kansas City Missouri tonight tickets are still available for Daughter of Dawn, the first film to feature an all Native American cast. Believed to have been lost for ninety years, the film originally shot on a reservation in southwest Oklahoma, will now screen in conjunction with the Latino writers collective, at Cinema Cabaliste at 6:30 p.m. It is supplemented by a score composed by Comanche classical composer, David Yeagley and performed and recorded by the student symphony of Oklahoma City University.
What's the private eye angle in all this? In 2004 Brian Hearn received a “strange call from a private investigator in North Carolina,” according to Melissa Lenos, writing for Kansas City University Radio (KCUR).
"'This guy had a client whose grandfather had owned a silent movie theater," Hearn who was film curator of the Oklahoma City Museum at the time, explained. “When it came time to pay the PI, the client ‘paid’ him with six canisters of film.” The six canisters of film, it turns out, housed the Daughter of Dawn, featuring a cast of more than 300 Kiowa and Comanche people.
Many pre-1935 films were lost because they were shot on a highly flammable and decomposable silver nitrate. What saved Daughter of Dawn from a fate of dust or flames, fumes and vapor were those tightly closed canister lids fused with the fact no one had bothered to open them in a really long time.
The North Carolina based private investigator --whom we are in the process of trying to track down for a follow up story-- initially wanted $35,000 from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
With the assistance of Bob Blackburn, the then executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society plus several years of negotiations the museum managed to buy the film from the private investigator for $5,000.
They went on to raise the funds needed to restore, score and bring the film back to the silver screen. DVD and Blu Ray versions of Daughters of Dawn can now purchased through the Oklahoma Historical Society.
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