Daddy Bruce – dnd

At the age of 61 Bruce Randolph opened Daddy Bruce’s Barbecue Restaurant in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.  Five Points, named for the surrounding intersections Washington Street, 27th Street, 26th Avenue and Welton Street, was sometimes referred to as the “Harlem of the west.”

You don’t make a lot of money with a barbecue joint in Five Points, but Daddy Bruce didn’t care.  Every year he and his son, Bruce Randolph Jr., who runs a barbeque shack in Boulder, offered a free Thanksgiving dinner for the needy. They paid for it out of their own pocket.  Their motto was: “It’s better to give than receive.”

Long before this tradition became an event where thousands of the needy turned out, donors began showing up.  Food was donated from businesses, community organizations and individuals.  People volunteered to help cook, clean and serve.  It was not unusual to see local professional athletes, politicians, clergy, police, firefighters and regular citizens on Thanksgiving and days before serving in some way.  As it became a media event, more and more gave.

In 1991, in recognition of Daddy Bruce’s contribution to the community Mayor Frederico Pena renamed East Twenty-third Avenue “Bruce Randolph Avenue.”

Daddy Bruce has since gone on to his great reward.  His efforts have been carried on in various ways, through various organizations.

One person can make a difference.  Together we can make a big difference.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.



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52 responses to “Daddy Bruce – dnd

  1. chefsheila

    Very very nice dnd. Wha a great guy he was!

  2. Damn you dnd, now I’m hungry for some ribs!

  3. chefsheila

    Especially because I just had popcorn! 😦

  4. dnd

    Brian,
    Ribs on turkey day. Great idea. I like it. I bet you could come up with a good BBQ sauce with cranberries. And sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin.

  5. dnd

    Bush to miss the perks of the office:

    “miss perks like White House cooking and flying on Air Force One.”

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/27/bush-will-miss-perks-not-limelight/

    He didn’t say he’d miss serving the American public, or the challenges and opportunities of the office. He’s gonna miss the food, the luxurious transportation, and not having to be stuck in traffic.

    As my 85 year old Republican mother told me today: “January 20th can’t come soon enough.”

  6. He would have actually had to serve the American people in order to miss it.

  7. dnd

    Here’s the T-day report, complete with video, of the couple who advertised a holiday meal on Craigslist:

    http://cbs4denver.com/holidays/craigs.list.thanksgiving.2.874438.html

  8. chefsheila

    Hey Good Morning Ya’ll!

    I watched CSI NY alllllllll day. Got caught up on a few I had missed.

    Today is Slammin meals for the weekend day.

  9. chefsheila

    And may I say, My Prayers go out to the Jewish Center in Mumbai. Such a horrible state.

    AND will the Press just cool it about President Elect Obama…..He just can’t take over the job right now…..The current President has to invite him.

  10. Nannymm

    Good morning, Sheila and anyone else out there!

  11. Nannymm

    The press is just engaging in mindless chatter, trying to fill the air time. They know damned well that Obama can’t do anything. He’s even limited in what he can say. If he did anything else, then they’d have an endless discussion of whether he was trying to take over too soon. As usual, they’re just trying to stir the pot.

  12. Nannymm

    Did you have some good Mexican food yesterday, Sheila?
    I cooked another Turkey dinner with all the trimmings for a houseful. Today, I am doing nothing!!!

  13. Nannymm

    dnd, that lady on Craigslist did a wonderful thing. He boss sounds like a terrific man, too.

  14. chefsheila

    Cuppping her Mouth…..I’m here! I’m here! 🙂

  15. chefsheila

    No I didn’t have Mexican. I get to feeling guilty and brined a Breast. So I had Turkey with cranberry sauce and I did make a homemade “From Scratch” string bean casserole.

    Plus my granny’s Pumpkin pie. It was anti climatic but pleasany

  16. chefsheila

    Bush has obviously given up, but Still.

    The res of the world could step up too!

  17. chefsheila

    Watch Out For the Kids This Season. 😉

    Mom’s Santa Secret Exposed

    http://www.webtvhub.com/funny-christmas-video-moms-santa-secret-exposed/

  18. chefsheila

    Shock and awe is all I can think…………..Specter is too healthy. Matthews would have o knock him out. 😉

    Chris Matthews Senate Run Confirmed: Report

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/28/chris-matthews-senate-run_n_146949.html

    According to multiple sources, who confirmed the Tip O’Neill staffer-cum-MSNBC host has negotiated with veteran Obama staffers to enlist in his campaign, Chris Matthews will run for United States Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010. Matthews, 62, will run as a Democrat

  19. dnd

    Shelia,
    Leftover turkey is great in tacos and chili. I bet cranberry sauce would be great with sopapillas.

  20. dnd

    Senator Tweety? Ha!

  21. chefsheila

    Amazing isn’t it? But overturning Specter is another story. I just can’t see it.

  22. chefsheila

    Sheila is Cupping her mouth again……TRAITOR!

    Lieberman Contributed to GOP Senate, House Candidates

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2008/11/lieberman_contributed_to_gop_s.html?hpid=news-col-blogs

    By Paul Kane

    Here’s a story of the Thanksgiving spirit, forgiving and forgetting senatorial style.

    When Democrats gathered last week to decide the fate of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), a pair of senators-elect, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, stepped up to offer symbolically important speeches.

    Having ridden the wave of support for President-elect Barack Obama, Udall and Merkley spoke out in favor of the spirit of reconciliation and moving on from the campaign, in which Lieberman was one of the highest profile supporters of the Republican presidential ticket.

    But no one in the room knew, as Merkley spoke, that Lieberman had supported Merkley’s opponent, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). Lieberman, through his Reuniting Our Country PAC, gave Smith’s reelection bid $5,000 on Oct. 10, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

  23. dnd

    Shelia,
    Yeah, I don’t see Tweety beating Spector. He’s well liked and has a lot of seniority. You really don’t want to replace a powerful Senator (unless it’s Ted Stevens) with someone unlikely to ever get that level of power.

  24. chefsheila

    I don’t like Spector. He did a lot of feeling up of female jounalists in his day, but his constitients don’t care. He’s actually one of the best sleeze sheisters on the Hill.

    Obama’s ban on Lobbiests in the White House is going to be hard on Specter.

  25. chefsheila

    A Walmart Worker on Long Island was “TRAMPLED” to death this morning. I’m speechless…….

  26. dnd

    That’s horrible. A local TV reporter and cameraman got jostled around while covering a Walmart this morning. I really don’t know what to make of this.

  27. chefsheila

    Yes and a poor poor woman miscarried after being knocked to the ground unlocking a door.

  28. Nannymm

    That’s why I avoid those crazed shopping frenzies.

  29. Bodies Found in Jewish Center | 10:27 a.m. The Associated Press has reported that five bodies were discovered by commandos who stormed the Nariman House. The A.P. reported:

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/mumbai-attacks-updates-day-three/?hp

    Why am I not surprised?

  30. dnd

    Well, Hillary’s gonna have her work cut out for her. She should be looking forward to spending a lot of time in Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East.

  31. I seriously doubt her efforts or anyone else’s for that matter will do much to halt the slaughter of innocent Jews around the world. After all Israel has no stake or say in the conflict between India and Pakistan, but yet again the Jews were singled out for slaughter, a story as old as time.

  32. chefsheila

    Just stopping in. I certainly hope the Indian Militia can stop this……maybe request assistance from the Brits. They are much better at fighting terrorism than we are. Their gorilla fighters are even as good or better than ours because they don’t harness them like we do.

    ….Walking out>>>>>

  33. chefsheila

    BTW, not to minimulize, but the 1st and second day they were taking American and British subjects. I guess what we didn’t know is that they were going to go for Jewish too.

  34. dnd

    Shelia,
    The Rabbi and his family were American. Don’t know if that’s relevant or not.

  35. I don’t think it’s relevant at all, they were murder because they were Jews.

  36. Nannymm

    I fear that you are right, Brian. Jews so often seem to be the first targets, then Americans and the British. To be American and Jewish is a double burden in these situations.

  37. dnd

    Gary Hart on Thanksgiving:

    “The geniuses of Wall Street, with their twisted version of capitalism, have conspired to steal not only Christmas but also the nation’s traditional day for counting its blessings. The downward death spiral of the American economy threatens not only our patterns of unlimited consumption but even our very way of life — shelter, food, jobs, and family well-being”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-hart/gratitude-triumphs-over-g_b_146686.html

  38. dnd

    From the CIA world factbook on India:

    Religions:
    Definition Field Listing
    Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html#People

    From those numbers, one could infer that the attack on the Jewish Center was intentional and planned.

  39. dnd

    India has suspended CNN’s live transmission license.

  40. dnd

    I dunno. Perhaps a security reason. Perhaps something else. Either way, correspondents will be communicating by cell phone.

  41. Nannymm

    Something not right there….

  42. chefsheila

    It is probably so that Al Quaida can’t see it and plan accoringly?

  43. chefsheila

    I think its worth printing all of this…. I’m still looking for more information.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=6349512&page=1

    The bodies of Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter, Naomi, 13, have been identified and their families notified, according to Bobbie Garvey, staff member of Synchronicity.

    The group, which is based in Virginia, advocates a spiritual education and was holding semiars in Mumbai.

    The number of American dead and wounded may grow.

    An American rabbi and his wife, both from New York, were trapped inside a building where terrorists were holed up. The building is currently being assaulted by Indian commandoes. A woman who escaped from the building on the first day of the assault said the couple was last seen lying on the floor unconscious.

    Andi Varagona and a friend, both of Nashville, Tenn., were in the Oberoi Hotel ballroom at about 11 p.m. local time Wednesday with a group of Americans, Australians and South Americans when gunmen burst in and opened fire.

    Varagona’s husband, Santos Lopez, was at a family member’s home working on his Thanksgiving Day turkey when he got a call from his wife in India.

    “[My wife told me] one of the members of the party thought he heard gunfire and he stood up to see what was happening. Immediately this person tells the others: ‘Somebody’s coming and firing a gun.’ They all stood up and began to run,” Lopez told ABC News.

  44. chefsheila

    Heres a piece that that poor Rabbi and his family.

    Chabad rabbi, wife killed in Mumbai attacks

    http://jta.org/news/article/2008/11/28/1001230/attacks-in-mumbai-kill-at-least-80

    (JTA) – A Chabad rabbi and his wife were among the dead after Indian forces retook a Jewish center in Mumbai, India from terrorist gunmen.

    The deaths of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, were confirmed Friday by the director of American Friends of Lubavitch, Rabbi Levi Shemtov. Three other Israelis in the building were also killed; their names were not released.

  45. Nannymm

    This whole situation is heartbreaking. No matter who did this or why, the result is horrendous. These terrorists didn’t care who they killed. Men, women, children…they killed whoever they could. The rabbi and his wife leave behind that sweet little boy who will be two on Saturday. The father and his 13 yr old daughter from Virginia leave behind a wife and mother,. Everyone who dies leaves behind family, friends, and an entire community. How the hell does this horror and pain serve anyone’s interests????

  46. chefsheila

    nanny, Unfortunately, this is a another “Sick” throwing the glove down or the gauntlet for a fight.

    I personal thoughts is that it was again snapping the towel at the United States before Bush leaves. I don’t think they feel comfortable with the “Field Negro”…..what Al Quaida called Obama just recently.

  47. Nannymm

    Oh, Sheila! I hope you’re wrong this time! The world has had enough; most of us are so tired of this. Even though we don’t know anyone involved, we still ache and grieve. If this is an effort to provoke the US before Obama is sworn in, it’s a huge mistake.

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