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Rocky Mountain News - Rocca sees city's sights for Tonight Show

Rocca sees city's sights for Tonight Show

July 12, 2007
Penny Parker

Comedian and Tonight Show correspondent Mo Rocca was as busy as a beaver Tuesday and Wednesday interviewing local notables and seeing the sights around Denver in anticipation of the Democratic National Convention here next August.

After conducting man-on-the-street interviews Tuesday along the 16th Street Mall, Rocca and camera crew ducked into Mariel, a tres chic women's clothing boutique on Larimer Square.
"They wanted to show a place where the candidates' wives might shop," said Mariel owner Denise Snyder. "(Rocca) held up two outfits for the camera: a red ruffled trench coat for John Edwards' wife, a gray Audrey Hepburn brocade jacket for Barack Obama's wife..."

Wednesday morning, Rocca stopped by Rockmount Ranch Wear to interview "Papa" Jack Weil, the store's 106year-old founder and the inventor of the Western snap-front shirt.

"It's not easy for a 106-year-old guy to do sound bites," said Rockmount heir Steve Weil. "He starts talking about the 1930s, and it takes a while."

Steve and the Tonight Show crew swapped T-shirts, and they all bought signature shirts.

"One of the things Rocca said to Papa Jack after talking about Brokeback Mountain (Rockmount supplied shirts for the movie) was, 'Papa Jack, don't quit me.' "

Steve said the funny man also asked Papa Jack whom he liked of the Democratic candidates. "He said, 'I'm a Republican.' "

Denver's segment will air in August on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. I'll let you know when I hear a specific date.

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