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Substance Over Style

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Clay Turner

Clay Turner – Co-Publisher

One of the coolest things about living in Colorado Springs is you get to rub (or bump) elbows with people who do amazing things.

This summer, a retired Navy pilot told me about the time his plane was shredded by a hailstorm at 26,000 feet. Crew members wept on the radio as they dropped 15,000 feet in under a minute.

I recently asked a guide at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum if she was a docent. She informed me that she won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics as a gymnast. Oops.

In 2014, I was on my way to see The Imitation Game, the WWII movie about breaking the Nazi Enigma code. In front of Kimball’s theater, we met an elderly English woman. She had been one of Alan Turing’s codebreakers and his partner; Keira Knightley played her in the movie. She later married an American and moved here.

A world champion para-triathlete runs in our neighborhood. The WBO’s reigning female super featherweight champion trains out by the airport. NASCAR champions practice at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The general who leads U.S. Space Force has lived here four times.

(Oh and don’t forget that guy who tracks Santa Claus inside Cheyenne Mountain.)

I have never done anything in my entire life that rivals what some here do every week.

Not that I’m special; these people are everywhere. Colorado Springs is the chosen home of adventurers, athletes, warriors, and visionaries. We want to produce a magazine that reflects the light of the city they have built.

So, after 27 years of continuous publication, Mike and I are relaunching Colorado Springs Style Magazine. We’re dropping the word “Style,” which had grown smaller over the years as more Americans came to value substance over style.

We split the Colo|Spgs masthead in part to recognize that every issue has two sides. Whichever side you’re on, perhaps we can help you understand the other. If we can’t be unified, we can at least try to empathize.

We hope you enjoy reading the new Colo|Spgs magazine as much as we enjoyed making it. Drop us a note when you can.