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This profile was last updated on 1/15/11  and contains information from public web pages.


Local Address: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Pikes Peak Media Alliance
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IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE!, 15 Jan 2011 [cached]
The man in the driver's seat is Eric Verlo, 42, owner of The Bookman used-book store on the city's west side and Toons Music & Film downtown. Verlo bought the truck a year and a half ago as a way to advertise his bookstore and deliver free books to young- sters. "I've always found it a lot easier to give away books than to sell them," he said with a grin. In the summertime, kids playing in the Uncle Wilber fountain downtown run, icecream-truck-style, for the bookmobile when they see it approaching. At Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, strangers have been known to throw more money in the parking meter for Verlo while he hands out books. The brilliantly colored van has been spotted in front of the Manitou Arts Theater, at public library events, at parades and at fairs. Although Verlo makes many rounds, he says the Red Cross Child Enrichment Center tops his priority list. The center "is the nicest place, the most rewarding place, because you feel like the kids don't have books," he said. He also takes stuffed animals for the kids.
Leaning against the wall of the center on a recent Friday, Verlo seems content to stand back and let the children pick out their favorites. "I kind of experience some excitement for things improving for them," he said.
Verlo said one woman, who prefers not to be named, spends time scouring garage sales for books to donate to the van. Verlo's two businesses, which have been open for 13 years, have been struggling lately due to the economy and competition from retail chain stores, he said. Although the van is an attention grabber, it hasn't boosted sales. Instead, he says, "It's generated good will." Packing up his crates at the Red Cross center, Verlo doesn't seem fazed by his finances. He plans to continue driving the van and will expand his routes if he's asked to visit organizations or attend events. The payoff, he says, "is kids running out, and they're already screaming and yelling, 'I get a book!'"
New Page 1, 24 Oct 2007 [cached]
Eric Verlo, President
Eric is the owner of the Bookman, a used and rare bookstore on the west side, and Toons, a music and video store, both of which he started 16 years ago with a lot of help.Raised in the U.S., France and the Philippines, Eric has a diverse cultural background, which has shaped his world view.He was a YMCA Indian Guide and has led church folk groups since he was 12.At 45, Eric now chooses an alternative definition of what it is to be a Practicing Catholic.Eric is a member of the Pikes Peak Media Alliance, Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival, Pikes Peak Independent Business Alliance, Citizens for Peace in Space, West End Democrats and Camp Casey Colorado Springs, an ongoing antiwar action.On the internet, Eric contributes to, and local community efforts include the Pikes Peak Passion Film Festival for local area filmmakers, and the bright green Bookmobile, which brings free children's books to local primary schools and literacy programs.
The group had a permit to ..., 20 Mar 2007 [cached]
The group had a permit to march under the name The Bookman, a business owned by PPJPC Chairman Eric Verlo.
by Eric Verlo ..., 3 May 2007 [cached]
by Eric Verlo
Eric Verlo is president of the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission.
Eric Verlo, owner of The ..., 25 Oct 2007 [cached]
Eric Verlo, owner of The Bookman, has made Indy headlines this year for his involvement in the St. Patrick's Day Parade controversy.In his blog on, Verlo says of the incident, "Were we trying ... to call attention to the crime of war-making?Absolutely.
By far, his favorite place to shop for gardening supplies is Rick's.
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