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My Name Is ... Michael Calhoun

Director for television news and sports grew up in what became Centennial

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South metro old days

I was born in Denver in 1957. My family relocated to the Broadway Estates area in 1959 from University Hills so my father, Wayne Calhoun, would be closer to work. He was employed at the Ohio Oil Company research facility at the corner of Broadway and Dry Creek Road. The name was changed to Marathon Oil Company in 1962. My grandmother claimed we were moving way out in the sticks.

I had three sisters, and my mother, Sonja Calhoun, worked in the personnel department of Littleton Public Schools for over 30 years.

‘Free range’ kids

We always said we lived in Littleton, but it was indeed unincorporated Arapahoe County, later to become Centennial. I remember a great childhood where kids roamed freely. We would play games and baseball in the neighborhood during summer nights. We were “free range” kids and would ride bikes south along the High Line Canal to the Highlands Ranch. This was 20 years before all the houses were built, and it was a large working ranch. It spread across the hills south of Littleton, and one of the north entrances was where Broadway ended at County Line Road.

I attended Highland Elementary and Euclid Junior High. I was part of the second class to graduate at Heritage High in 1975. My youngest sister — Pam, class of 1976 — was on the naming committee for the new high school. My two older sisters attended Arapahoe High School — Cindy, 1970, and Susan, 1973.

Sports champ memories

I studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and after graduating, I worked at Channel 9 in Denver, starting as a stage manager and working up to a producer/director for television news and sports. Two of my highlights were covering my alma mater in the (1991) Orange Bowl where they beat Notre Dame and were national champions. I was also fortunate to be at the Denver Broncos’ first Super Bowl win in San Diego. I currently work in post production at Starz.

Coming back south

I had been living in Denver and Lakewood for a couple of decades. In 2002, I moved back to Littleton when I met and wed the love of my life, Sue Romano of Romano’s Italian Restaurant. Sue had three daughters, so I again found myself surrounded by women. We welcomed a fourth daughter when I was 50. It has been rewarding — and trying at times — to help raise four daughters, celebrating their success and offering support if they stumble.

Some of the warmest memories were of coaching their soccer and baseball teams. Nothing brings warmer feelings than the excited screams of young athletes. It completes the circle as my dad was a coach of my little league and soccer teams.

Because of my background in video production, my volunteering has consisted of shooting and editing many end-of-season videos for our girls’ teams. Swim, soccer, even Destination Imagination teams — it was so rewarding to see the kids relive their season and to give them this one-of-a-kind keepsake.

Family roots

I also inherited the joys of studying family roots from my dad. It has been much easier for me expanding on his work with so much on the internet. We have traced our Calhoun family back to their immigration preceding our country’s founding ... The family originated as Colquhoun near Loch Lomond in Scotland. I was able to travel there several years ago and visited the old castle ruins of my forefathers.

If you think we should interview someone for My Name Is ..., or if you would like to be interviewed for the segment, contact reporter Ellis Arnold at earnold@coloradocommunitymedia.com or 303-566-4109.

Michael Calhoun, Centennial, Littleton Colorado, My Name Is

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