1979: Beer can shows Yankee ingenuity
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. Beer can shows Yankee ingenuityYankee ingenuity is still alive and well in Aspen.An example of it is the Budweiser can that you might see flying off a ski jump of wedeling down the slopes.A Budweiser can? Look closely. There are feet beneath the unwieldy five-foot can, and if the Bud falls, you might see a human form crawl out of it.Eagle Saez and John Perrault of Aspen decided a year ago that Aspen was a crazy enough town that a little ingenuity could still work. Both had good jobs, but they were looking for more to keep them busy.This Winterskol, with an all-new can, Saez plans to enter the Ski Splash. And their crazy idea is taking up more and more of their time. They are convinced they have conceived an idea in the spirit of Aspen’s beginnings as a ski town. (Jan. 25)
Aspen police arrested two men caught skinny dipping in the swimming pool behind the Aspen Square March 23, David Leroy Johnson, 23, of Lubbock, Tex and Wesley D Wiley, 23, Canyon Lake, Tex were charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Police responded to a call about the swimmers at 2:40 am Saturday. According to the police report, they arrived and found the pair naked in the pool. Police reportedly ordered the men to get out of the water. Sgt Bill Drueding said the men got out of the water and took off. Johnson was found hiding in the main post office. He was arrested and taken to the police station, but Wiley managed to escape. He was arrested the next day when he went to the police station to pick up his truck. Police impounded the vehicle after the swimming incident. (March 29)
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department and Aspen Volunteer Fire Department responded to a bomb threat at Aspen High School Tuesday, Nov 27, Don Davis of the sheriff’s department said.According to the report, the school office received a call at approximately 1:05 pm. A female voice on the other end of the phone told the school receptionist a bomb had been planted in Aspen High School and would go off at 1:30 pm.Sheriff’s deputies, firemen and other emergency vehicles went out to the high school, Davis said, and immediately evacuated the building.They waited until 1:35 pm, Davis said, before entering the building to search for the alleged bomb. Teams of deputies and firemen searched every area of the high school, but did not turn up anything remotely resembling a bomb.Davis said it took the teams 49 minutes to check out the building and clear it. High school students and teachers then returned to their classes for the remainder of the day.Davis said deputies do have suspects in the case and are continuing the investigation. (Nov. 29)
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Cam Daniel is a former youth addiction counselor who’s been a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy for three years.