Around Aspen: Doerr-Hosier
December 10, 2008
The new Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows of the Aspen Institute is a busy place year-round, but at the end of this summer there were several wonderful events. Sidney Harmon and his wife, Congresswoman Jane Harmon, held a 90th birthday party for Sidney that had all the trimmings balloons, ice cream sundaes and birthday cake. There was also an impromptu ballet performance by Sidney and ballet star Damian Woetzel. Then, Roaring Fork Leadership and Alpine Bank presented cartoonist Mike Peters in a hilarious verbal memoir titled Mike Peters Unplugged. Mikes work appears in more than 800 newspapers; he does the Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon and has won the Pulitzer Prize for many editorial page cartoons. He gives talks all over the country that are educational and inspiring. He talked about how he handled growing up and he told us about some of the practical jokes he and his family play on each other. Im still laughing about the time he got up in the night to go to the bathroom and when he came back to bed a pair of hands came out from under the bed and clutched him around the ankles! Mike and his wife, Marian Peters, have owned a home in Snowmass Village for many years and spend many months here. And winding up the summer season was a gala party for the Fellows of the Aspen Institute, a group of locals and second-home owners who support the programs of the Institute.There is a lot of reading for Aspenites. A new book about media mogul Rupert Murdoch, titled The Man Who Owns the News by Michael Wolff, is just out and tells the latest and a lot of history about Murdoch. He and his then-wife, Anna Murdoch, used to own a home in Aspens Starwood and Rupert held several of his NewsCorp gatherings here at the Hotel Jerome. At the time (the mid-1980s), Anna was writing a novel titled Family Business that used The Aspen Times as the newspaper business in the book. She interviewed former Times owner Verlin Ringle and used his name for the paper, The Little Humdinger, as the name for the novels newspaper.Another new novel of interest to Aspenites is This One Is Mine by Maria Semple, who grew up in Aspen, the daughter of Joyce and screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, and went on to write for television for shows such as Arrested Development, Mad About You and Ellen. She has since escaped Los Angeles and lives with her husband and kids on an island off of Seattle. This is Marias first novel and relates the disintegration of the marriage of a young Los Angeles couple. Jill and Don Sheeley and daughter, Courtney, had the trip of a lifetime in late summer to celebrate Courtneys college graduation, Dons 60th birthday and Jill and Dons wedding anniversary. They went to Cairo, Egypt, then on to Kenya and the beautiful Seychelle Islands, where they enjoyed a week of sailing. Courtney graduated in May from Rollins College with a degree in International Relations & Economics. On a sad note, the familys famous dog, Fraser, died last March at the ripe age of 14. Fraser was the star of a series of childrens books that Jill wrote about Fraser, the Yellow Dog that are illustrated by Aspen artist Tammie Lane; the latest is a memoir, The World According to Fraser.
Undercurrent … Its time to feed the birds again.