Aspen Hall of Fame to induct Fallin, Kinsley and Edwards
Ryan Summerlin January 19, 2013
ASPEN – Longtime locals Pat Finley Fallin, Michael Kinsley and Joe Edwards will be inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame Saturday at the Hotel Jerome. Tickets remain on sale at www.aspenhalloffame.org, and reservations are required. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m.; the dinner and presentations begin at 7 p.m.
Fallin is the first female inductee in two years. She moved to Aspen in 1970 with her husband, Dick, an architect, and son Brooks.
Fallin’s Aspen career included community organizing, political campaigns and eventually a position as chairwoman of the Pitkin County Democrats and a seat on the Colorado Commission on Women. Her board memberships included the Aspen Art Museum, Theatre in the Park, Wheeler Associates, Colorado Mountain College and the Basalt Regional Library District board. Two years ago, Fallin relocated to California to live closer to family.
Kinsley came to Aspen in 1970, with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.
Within a year, Kinsley was director of the local environmental task force, his first step in opposing development deemed harmful to the environment in general and watersheds in particular. By 1974, Kinsley ran unsuccessfully for Pitkin County commissioner. But the victor, Max Marolt, suffered a heart attack, and Kinsley was appointed in his place. There he joined Edwards and Dwight Shellman, other staunch protectors of the community.
Creation of the Aspen Housing Authority was one of Kinsley’s proudest accomplishments. He joined the Rocky Mountain Institute in 1983 and continued his career of helping communities in diverse states and four foreign countries.
Edwards, also a Texan, is the father of four children. He moved to Aspen in 1967 to work first for Highlands ski area and later for the Snowmass Corp. as assistant to Development Director Chuck Vidal. One year later, he launched his Aspen legal career.
A civil-rights case filed against the city of Aspen officials for their harassment of hippies, most commonly known as the “Hippie Trials,” brought him national fame. An outgrowth of this action was the formation of Citizens for Community Action, a forum for community consensus which helped define the image and character of the upper Roaring Fork Valley.
In 1968, Edwards lost in his mayoral bid to Eve Homeyer. But that didn’t quell his activism: Among his notable accomplishments was rallying against Pitkin County’s suggestion to host the 1976 Olympics.
As a county commissioner elected in 1972, he was instrumental in the acquisition of open space and the building of trails, and he was an advocate for the county-wide growth management plan, which was designed to control the pace and location of development.