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History one minute, Humor the next

History one minute, Humor the next

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It's always been a different job being a news reporter, especially one with several assignments a day. One thing I'll tell school classes on Career Day is that one of the great things about this job is dealing with all kinds of people.

Take Thursday, for example. In the afternoon, I was assigned to cover Utah delegates as they met, with about a thousand other people, with Hillary Clinton. Politics aside, standing in the room at the Denver Convention Center was one of those moments when I realized I was truly witnessing history, first hand, history that really matters. I'll do the same tonight at Invesco Field.

Then there's the other extreme. After filing stories for the afternoon, I walked out on to the street. It's one of many streets that have been transformed into venues for street vendors, protestors and people, people everywhere.

Take the couple from California, selling the "Obama in a Box" toys for example. It works like a Jack-in-the-box, but with, of course, an Obama doll. And instead of playing the usual tune, it plays "Hail to the Chief". By the way, there's a waiting list for those already, but if you want a "Hillary in the box" you can get one now.

Not long after that, I watched as more and more police officers began lining up on the streets. Then one officer, a sargent, walked over to the cafe near where I was standing. He advised the valets to move the cars and anything that could be stolen or thrown through a window off the street.

A short time later, thousands of peaceful anti-war demonstrators marched by. Luckilly, the protest was peaceful, but it was a little unsettling to hear the command to police officers to get thier batons ready as the group approached.

Today, it's back to Invesco field, where delegates have been told they need to be in place, by about two-o-clock. That's six hours before the speech. They're being advised to bring umbrellas - and not because of the rain.


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Marc Giauque


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