August 26, 2008
The piano player in the best jazz bar in Denver was sporting a faded "Brown '92" shirt. As in Jerry Brown. California's current attorney general, former governor and a three-time candidate for president - in 1976, 1980 and 1992. As in the guy dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" by Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, who made light of Brown's proposal to establish a state space academy - the nickname stuck because of Brown's general quirkiness. Jeff Cleveland had saved that shirt for 16 years, he told me. And what better time to break it out of the closet than for a Monday night stint on the keys at El Chapultepec at 20th and Market. Again, only at the DNC.