Wake-Up Call: Andrew Speaker's no-fly zone
Andrew Speaker, Denver's accidental tourist, has some sense of timing.
Speaker, the focus of our last international health-scare when he went on the lam, and in the air, after being diagnosed with tuberculosis and warned not to fly, this week filed suit against the Centers for Disease Control for invasion of privacy. He's claiming that the CDC "unlawfully and unnecessarily" revealed his medical history back in May 2007, when he was brought to Denver and quarantined at National Jewish for treatment. "Having my confidential medical history unnecessarily splashed across the world took a huge toll on me personally and professionally," Speaker says.
Maybe so, but at least that media circus provided Denver with a great marketing slogan, one that's looking increasingly useful in these days of pandemic panic. Speaking with Diane Sawyer at the time, Speaker said: "People told me if I was anywhere but Denver, I'll die."