1954: Paepcke announces 1954 Festival Program
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society.Paepcke announces 1954 Festival ProgramMr. Walter P. Paepcke, president of The Aspen Institute has announced a ten weeks program for the Summer Festival for 1954 instead of the usual nine weeks program of past years.Mr. Paepcke’s announcement was contained in a bulletin, listing the complete program from June 23 to September 5 with a Golden Aspen Festival being scheduled for September 25 through October 3.The first event will be the Design Conference from June 23 to 30 inclusive. This conference, while not a part of the official ten weeks program of the Summer Festival is closely allied with the Institute. The Design Conference was entirely sponsored by The Institute for the first two years. (March 4)Aspen to build double chairInstead of the projected platter pull, Aspen’s ski hill will have a high capacity double chair lift extending from the Dam in Spar Gulch to the Sundeck, the Aspen Skiing Corporation announced this week. The dramatic change in plans took place at a director’s meeting held in Denver last Tuesday which was attended by an Aspen delegation headed by Henry L. Stein, Chamber of Commerce President.At the same time the announcement was made, details of the financing of the new lift were announced. Highlight of the plan was that Aspen residents, for the first time since the original lift was constructed, will be invited to participate in the financing.The community of Aspen has been invited to finance $25,000 in the form of ten year notes drawing 4% interest.At a special meeting of the Chamber of Commerce directors held last Monday. Chamber officials announced their intention of trying to keep the purchase of these notes an exclusively Aspen affair. They pointed out that this is an excellent opportunity for Aspen residents and businessmen to share in the business venture with the Corporation which plays such a large part in Aspen’s economic life. (May 6)Bowling Aspen’s newest sportBowling, the scanned largest participation game in the world, will soon be a popular counterpart of the Aspen sports scene. Within two or three weeks the Aspen Lanes will open their alleys to a pastime which is enjoyed by nearly 75 million people. The history of bowling dates to the stone ages, when primitives rolled nearly-round stones at various objects, up to today’s precision pinsetters, exacting measurements, and glass-smooth alleys constructed of rock-hard maple. Today the sport is well-organized internationally, with the A.B.C., the men’s organization, and the W.I.B.C., the women’s group. Uniform rules are followed by both alley operators and participants, resulting in sanctioned league play dominating the bowling scene.The equipment at the Aspen Lanes will be sanctioned by the A.B.C., and will feature electronically controlled foul-line units that signal by both a buzzer and a red light when the foul-line is crossed. Tele-score units flash league scores onto a screen, enabling the audience to observe and compare team scores and semi-automatic pinsetters lower the pins automatically after the pins have been racked by the pinboys. All equipment is from the latest Brunswick series. (Nov. 18)
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