“I was born, bred and buttered in Boulder. My family had a small horse farm at the foot of Davidson Mesa in South Boulder; we also had a few head of cattle and I raised sheep for 4-H. Boulder is my home town and where I lived for the first 22 years of my life, so I wanted to be a part of this project. Since we raised horses, ‘centaur’ was a perfect fit, even if it wasn’t my first choice. I wanted to represent the rural aspect of Boulder that is gone forever. When I was a kid, my friends and I rode our horses all over—from Baseline Lake up to Paclamar Dairy on the top of Davidson Mesa. We’d stop at someone’s house at midday and then resume our adventures. We used the irrigation ditches to cover territory where there were gates and fences. We were chased more than a few times by farmers when we took shortcuts through fields. It was a great place to grow up in the 60’s and 70’s. We rode our horses in the Pow Wow parade down Pearl Street before it was a mall. The Pow Wow rodeo was the biggest event of the year and was held at the Pow Wow grounds on North 28th Street. I remember watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July from Folsom field, while my grandfather led the crowd in a sing-along. Lighting the Christmas star in the foothills signaled the real beginning of the Christmas season.
My family had a lot to do with Boulder—my grandfather, Francis (Franny) Reich, was the head of the Chamber of Commerce and brought IBM and NCAR to Boulder. My father worked at the Boulder Daily Camera and met my mom when both of them attended C.U.
I had the tattoo put on my left hand—if you are a horseman, the left hand is where you hold the reins. You get on a horse from the left side. I thought it was appropriate to honor both my home town and the rural part of Boulder that I love; sadly, the latter has been largely lost. I love Boulder but I can no longer live there. Unfortunately, the rest of the world discovered Boulder and tried to remake it into something different. Still, Boulder is a very special place in the world and I am very proud to be a native.”