1951: Aspen Junior Skiers in NYC
The Rockettes at Radio City topped the list of exciting impressions of New York City, when Aspen’s lightning junior skiers, who raced at Stowe, Vermont, in the National Junior Meet, went to New York City after the races and saw everything they could see in a short five hours time. Aspen townspeople went all out to raise money in order to send a full team of Max Marolt, Dave Stapleton, Teddy Armstrong, Tony Deane and John Thorpe to compete in the meet, and Max Marolt came through with flying colors on the icy Stowe slopes to capture third place in the nationals.After the races, the juniors took a trip to New York City and arrived on evening at Grand Central Station at 5:30 p.m. very much impressed.None of the boys had seen New York before, and in a span of five hours they raced around New York, but minus skis, to see everything they could. Roy Reid, ski instructor showed them the high spots, and first on the list was Radio City. And expressive, “Oh, Boy!” was Tony Deane’s best description of the famed Rockettes. (Feb. 22)
It was announced this week by the Pitkin County Hospital Board that the long standing hospital deficit has been wholly paid off. As a result of a funds raising drive among residents and visitors which has been under way for two months, the hospital’s debts, dating back to 1947, have been met and the hospital is assured of continued operation.The need for the hospital existed in 1946 when the hospital was modernized and refurbished. However, the funds with which to do this job did not exist. Nevertheless, because of the urgent need, the work was started and the hospital was opened to the public. Many of these original debts still stood on the books as of last month. In addition each month there were the current operating expenses to be paid. At this time due to the great generosity of a few of the local residents but mostly to the generosity of interested visitors from other sections of the country, the hospital is now in a position of being able to meet all the back debts amounting to nearly $5,500 and for the first time since it was reopened, operate with a clean slate. The fund drive was this successful. (April 26)
To the surprise of skeptics (and there were many), Aspen’s first auto race Sunday afternoon was a safe and sane – and highly entertaining – sports event. Eleven cars leapt into the race when the starter’s gun was fired. Early in the first lap Jerry Johansen of Lakewood, Colorado, drove a spectacular blue Jaguar GK120 into the lead. Except for a short stretch on the second lap he held that lead, clocking up the twenty 1.7 mile laps in 47 minutes, 28.4 seconds. His fastest lap was made in 2 minutes, 17.5 seconds.Close on Johansen’s heels most of the race was Vernon Meek of Grand Junction, racing a stock MG (TD model). He took only .4 seconds longer to finish, chalking up a close second. Competing fiercely for third place were Ed Colt of Colorado Springs in a super-charged MG (TC model) and Otis Gaylord of Aspen, delighting everybody with his able racing in his Willys Jeepster. Colt was credited with third by officials, but his many fans along the course are still wondering if Aspen’s entry shouldn’t actually have had that honor. Anyway, Otis placed first in his class of heavier cars. (Sept. 13)
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