Terry Frei “no longer” employed by Denver Post after tweet about Indy 500 winner’s nationality

Takuma Sato at Scott Air Force Base on May 3, 2017. (Airman Chad Gorecki/U.S. Air Force)
Takuma Sato at Scott Air Force Base on May 3, 2017. (Airman Chad Gorecki/U.S. Air Force)

On Sunday, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

The same day, local sportswriter Terry Frei made this comment on Twitter: “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”

The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before it was screenshotted and spread across social media. One day later, The Denver Post’s leadership has apologized “for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet,” and announced that Frei “is no longer an employee of The Denver Post.”


Raise your flag: Denver designer’s on a quest to give each neighborhood a symbol

A design for a Barnum neighborhood flag. (Steven Chester/FlagsOfDenver.com)
A design for a Barnum neighborhood flag. (Steven Chester/Flags Of Denver)

If you really want to know how long someone’s lived in Denver, you can ask them to name the city’s official neighborhoods.

A newcomer might list LoDo, RiNo and Ballpark — and they’d be wrong. Those fast-developing areas for the most part made their names relatively recently. They’re not official.

So, as the city’s development patterns blur and replace old borders, here’s one guy’s attempt to preserve hyper-local history: Steven Chester is drawing flags for each of Denver’s neighborhoods.