We're just getting word via Twitter, but we're saddened to learn that longtime Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen passed away over the weekend. We'll update soon with more details.
UPDATE: Westword's Michael Roberts:
For more than a quarter century, Salida's Ed Quillen has regularly contributed to the editorial pages of the Denver Post, sharing his notably progressive thoughts on issues of the day in a way that raised readers' cheers and hackles, depending upon their personal ideological slant. But no more: Curtis Hubbard, the Post's editorial page editor, confirms that Quillen died yesterday of a heart attack.
...Quillen wrote for a series of newspapers he edited, including the Middle Park Times in Kremmling (1974-77), the Summit County Journal in Breckenridge (1977-78) and the Mountain Mail in Salida (1978-83). At that point, he began freelancing, with the Post publishing a submission from him in 1984. Toward the end of the next year, Quillen proposed a regular schedule to then-editorial page editor Chuck Green, who took him up on the pitch. Beginning in 1988, Quillen's takes appeared twice weekly in the Post.