These photos were taken in October, 1997 with Jack Palance, Steve and Wendy Weil at the Warwick Hotel in Denver. The hotel became the unofficial headquarters of the 20th Denver International Film Festival during one of the worst blizzards in modern history. Jack came to Denver to accept the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The city and festival were shut down by a
blizzard and ice storm. Although Jack's flight was able to land at the
snowed-in airport he was stuck on the runway for two hours. Steve Weil
was to meet him. The normal 30 minute drive took 2 hours in a 4 wheel
drive Jeep. Steve arrived at the terminal which was bedlam due to the
blizzard. He ran into friend and future Oscar winner Donna Dewey and
enlisted her help to find Jack Palance.
Once united, Donna joined Steve and Jack for
what would become a harrowing drive to the city. The traffic to the
highway was backed up 10 miles. Faced with spending the night in the
car Steve drove on the shoulder for 9 miles and reached within half a
mile of the highway where he was blocked. He reconnoitered and asked
his passengers if they wanted to stay the night in the car or try
driving down an embankment to a road in the distance. Jack, ever the
adventurer agreed to try for the road. Over four hours after leaving
the airport the group reached Jack's hotel where he was marooned for 3
The award was presented at the hotel.