25-50 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50 years ago

Sara Garton

Courtesy Aspen Historical SocietyThe Prospector Lodge, located at the corner of Hyman and Monarch, adds a swimming pool in 1955.

This “News About School” might ruffle a few parental feathers in politically correct 2005. Aspenites near the school are now hearing bugler Bob Waterman play Call to Colors at the raising of the flag and Pledge of allegiance by the elementary school students each morning before school.Adding to the impressiveness and meaning of the daily flag raising ceremony is the participation of a high school color guard, organized by band director Don Gustafson. The color guard members are Bob Waterman, bugler; Greg Livingston, drummer; Leroy Briggs, Tommy Sardy and Bert Anderson, color bearers.

Lodges continued o 1950s-style amenities (see photo), as the paper reported,One more luxury for the benefit of Prospector Lodge guests is nearing completion to the south of the Lodge in the form of a swimming pool. Gene Haugen from Colorado Springs, creator of Emerald Pools of Colorado, is the builder. The free form pool is thirty-six feet long by eighteen feet wide, of red tinted cement to match the flagstone border and is trimmed around the top with blue tile. The number of swimming pools in Aspen now totals five.The paper brought its readers up to date on a venerable Aspen institution, which is now 55 years old and has its own home rather than depend on donated space (see photo).Miss Kate Blakely, Chairman, reports that The Hospital Community Thrift Shop is rounding out its fifth year of continuous operation. This means that for 5 years, 6 days of each week and 3 hours of each day volunteer workers have given a minimum of 4500 hours, working to earn money to be expended for various community needs. As a result, $8532 has been spent, and a bank balance of $5000 remains for immediate and future needs.

To recount briefly the story of The Thrift Shop: It was started in 1950 by Bob Marsh, now owner of The Epicure, and Tukey Jonas, now owner of The centerline, in the old Assay Office. According to one of the first customers, the stock consisted of one strand of silver beads (unstrung), one black chemise, one pair of red high-heeled, open-toed shoes, and several etchings. Today, anything from an antimacassar to a zoot suit, and plenty of them, can be found at The Thrift Shop. …In October 1951, the Aspen Corp. donated space in the Prince Albert Bldg. where The Thrift Shop now operates.

Sal a Mander, that pesky politico, was getting national attention. A reader sent an article from the San Francisco Examiner.No one could blame Sal A Mander if he just got out of politics altogether. He isn’t having a bit of luck.He wanted to run as independent “Newtist” party candidate against incumbent District Attorney Chuck Leidner in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District, but election division director Betty Chronic won’t let him. She told him he’s been a registered Democrat since 1972 and it’s too late to switch his party allegiance.To her credit, she didn’t say a word about Mander’s family, or the fact that he doesn’t have a law degree, or the fact that he’s a cartoon character in the Aspen, Colo., Times.Mander is taking it in stride. In past elections he’s tried, and failed, to be Aspen mayor, Pitkin County sheriff, and Colorado governor.Change can be good: Imagine – there was no KAJX 25 years ago! The paper reported,

“Public radio needs public money,” Ed Thorne said Monday. Thorne is head of the Aspen Center for Public Radio, a nonprofit group attempting to create a public FM stereo station in Aspen. An application for a license to build and operate a public radio station in Aspen is on file with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).”How rapidly the license will be approved depends on a show of enthusiasm from the community,” Thorne said. “The FCC wants evidence that we have enough money to put the station together and evidence of community support.” …The group estimates start-up costs at about $80,000.According to Thorne, the Aspen Center for Public Radio aims to create a public station tied to the National Public Radio network via satellite which would also be able to produce professional programming locally for distribution to national public radio audience.

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