The World Could Use A Few More ‘Ugly’ People


Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Every once in awhile I get someone that will mail me an old article or something neat from the past. I got a letter not long ago from Bob Cowell and his letter seemed very timely considering it is the holiday season.

Bob sent me some photos of himself camping on top of the Creekside Restaurant roof. It was for a Multiple Sclerosis fund-raiser.

Bob tells me that many bars throughout Arizona, and the nation for that matter, participated in this event every February as a way to raise awareness and money. February ... on top of the Creekside roof, and for three days without coming down ... that sounds pretty bold and pretty cold! They called the event the U.G.L.Y. bartenders contest.

The “U” was for understanding, the “G” was for generous, the “L” was for lovable and “Y” was for young at heart. Sounds like maybe the world could use a few more “ugly” people.

Bob, as you may have guessed by now, was a bartender at the Creekside for a very long time.

The year of this competition (1989) they took third place in the entire state and over $4,000 was raised. In the picture I was given, it included a picture of Bob climbing up on the roof, John Matus (the then-owner of the Creekside), and Bill Holmes, who Bob said was a very special person to many people.

During the holiday season it is nice to be reminded that there are others less fortunate and that lending a hand usually makes everyone involved feel great!

Bob was also nice enough to send me some old photos of some of the construction at Christopher Creek Lodge for me to keep. Unfortunately, I do not have a way to replicate old photos for publication.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.


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