Pueblo’s Pokemon potential

As the Pokemon Go phenomenon catches fire across the globe, Pueblo is not immune to its charms. Businesses all over are trying to capitalize on the fact that they’s suddenly become PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms. A few spots around town are emerging as Pokemon points of interest.

BINGO!

Pueblo’s Bingo Burger is near a PokeStop (a place where Pokemon Go players can replenish their supplies of items like Potions and the all-important PokeBalls used to catch virtual critters). But Bingo Burger isn’t just hoping that passing players will become patrons after using the PokeStop — they’re actually offering a 10% discount off your meal if you show them your Pokemon (something I wish I’d known before I bought yesterday’s lunch).

THE WILD …

The Pueblo Zoo is getting in on the act, too, posting a few screenshots of the augmented-reality game’s virtual Pokemon creatures mingling with the mooses, African painted dogs, owls and North American river otters on their Facebook page — and adding that non-member visitors can show the cashier that they have the Pokemon Go app on their phones to get $1 off the price of admission.

But, wait — there’s more! The paperboy statue right in front of The Pueblo Chieftain office at 825 W. Sixth St. is a PokeStop, too — so you can conveniently resupply whenever you have business here.

Next stop: wherever you say …

What can we in the print sphere learn from public radio’s ‘internet’ moment?

Recently it was fascinating — and, I’ll admit, a bit entertaining — to watch public radio news insiders publicly struggling over the same digital media dilemmas those of us in the newspaper industry have faced for so long. Continue reading “Next stop: wherever you say …”

STAR POWER: Fanatics make midnight run for ‘Phantom’ toys

The Tribune

Sunday morning, Dan and April Wendt and their two sons were at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, braving wet and windy 30-degree weather to feel the Force at the Star Wars Celebration.

By that night, they had joined about 300 other fans of George Lucas’ saga in line at Toys “R” Us at 1617 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa, hoping to be among the first in the Valley to get their hands on the new line of toys based on ‘Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.’

“I want figures,” Dan Wendt said. “Figures, ships, Legos. Anything I can find.”

He wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading STAR POWER: Fanatics make midnight run for ‘Phantom’ toys