By Bill Husted
Denver Post Columnist
If you still don't believe me, watch "Live with Regis & Kelly" at 9 a.m. Wednesday on Channel 2. Wrege is flying to NYC today and will be on the show in all his Osbourne glory.
"I don't do this as a living," Wrege says. "I do this as a joke. I don't see doing kids' birthday parties and biting the heads off of bats."
Wrege says he's always had long hair and he's always looked a little like Osbourne. But things took off this year with the MTV show "The Osbournes."
"People wished this upon me," he says. "I look in the mirror and I see me. But now it's nonstop wherever I go. People yelling "Ozzy!' at me. So instead of getting angry, I treat it as a joke. It's a giggle."
Friends convinced him to go to the Celebrity Impersonators Convention in Las Vegas June 23-25. He was a hit.
"I went to the House of Blues, and they waved me to the front of the line and even brought me up on stage," Wrege says. "But it's not like I go around passing myself off as Ozzy."
But that's exactly what he plans to do in NYC tonight - get with some friends and hit some fancy restaurants. Maybe even curse a little. "You can get away with saying almost anything as Ozzy," Wrege says.
He also plans to hit on Kelly Ripa. Oh yeah.
What a sport
Denver-based sportswriter Rick Reilly, the big gun at Sports Illustrated, isn't Sammy Sosa's pally these days.
According to Mike Kiley at the Chicago Sun Times, Reilly confronted Sosa about steroid use last week. The Cubs slugger has said that he would be the first in line if steroid testing became part of Major League Baseball. Expecting the same answer, Reilly gave Sosa a piece of paper with the address of a testing center on it and asked him to go there.
"What are you, my father?" Sosa asked, then ended the interview.
Tante Louise starts its 30th year next week - a long, long run for a Denver restaurant.
How did owner Corky Douglass do it?
"We ask ourselves that every day," he says. But he figures he's still around because the kitchen and the cooking evolved - while the front of the house stayed the same: Warm, inviting, polite. "And they say I look the same," says Douglass.
To celebrate, Tante is coming out with a cookbook this month filled with recipes and menus. Entrees on that first menu started at $4.75. That's one thing that changed.
If you're going to shoot a hole in one, it might as well be on your own golf course.
On Sunday, Gail Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX International with husband Dave Liniger, sank a 97-yard drive on the sixth hole of Sanctuary. The course, owned by the Linigers, is often hailed as one of the top private golf courses in the country.
Gail survived a plane crash in '83. She walks with a brace on her left leg, her left side vision is restricted and her left side is immobile - so she plays with her right arm and hand only. Nice shot.
Susan Kiely, wife of Coors boss Leo, received top honors last week at the Volunteers of America's national conference in Salt Lake City. . . . Slow times in Aspen means the St. Regis will shut down for a month this fall, the first time the inn's been shuttered in almost 10 years. . . . Sez who: "A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never - I repeat - never under any conditions face the facts." Ruth Gordon
Bill Husted's column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Husted also appears weeknights on Fox 31 News at 9. You can reach him at 303-820-1486 or at email@example.com.