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25-50 Years Ago

Sara Garton

Courtesy Aspen Historical SocietyFred Iselin advised in this 1955 promo piece,Be a crazy show-off when you ski!

As the seasons turn, so do business owners in the commercial core. The Aspen Times announced new owners for the grocery store located in the Elks Building at Galena and Hyman. Elder’s market, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spaovic since April 1952, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Mikkelsen. …Mr. Mikkelsen worked for many years for E.L. Paige who operated this store as Paige’s Market….Present plans of the Mikkelsens to improve their store call for making the space an L shape with two entrances by taking over the space occupied by the Moore Barber shop. …The Mikkelsens will retain the name Elder’s Market. They will continue to make two deliveries a day for the convenience of their telephone customers.Aspen’s first ski school director was as adept on the silver screen (see photo) as on the snow. Fred Iselin, co-director of the Aspen Ski School, has been at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood the past several weeks with Warren Miller, ski photographer, who is making a movie short about Iselin.Iselin is a recognized style setter in the ski world and Miller’s movie will show Iselin’s technique from the first schuss to the final gelundesprung. Iselin, who uses a modification of the Arlberg and French techniques, will demonstrate his technique from traverses for beginners through snowplows and stem Christies to racing techniques – all in 12 minutes. The film will be used in ski schools, ski clubs and sport shows throughout the country.This gathering may have been the precursor to the Oldtimers Party, hosted for decades by the Pfisters and hosted recently by the Aspen Historical Society.Mr. and Mrs. Art Pfister entertained over 100 friends last Saturday at their second annual Labor Day party. Guests gathered by the pond and enjoyed brunch consisting of pancakes, bacon and eggs cooked over open fires by the famous Aspen chef, Jack Ray.Whew – that was a close one. The paper reported,In a successful three-hour meeting last Sunday, Music Associates of Aspen reached a complete and harmonious agreement with the Aspen Company and Aspen Institute, which assured the continuation of music in Aspen on a permanent basis, under the auspices of Music Associates of Aspen, operating as an independent organization.The cooperation between the music organization and the Aspen Institute, which is vitally necessary, was threatened for a brief interval when the Aspen Company announced that it would not rent its properties, dormitories and cafeteria to Music Associates in 1956, implying that the Aspen Institute likewise would not rent the tent. It was proposed instead that Music Associates disband or become a committee of the Institute. Music Associates declined the proposal and announced that they would seek to make other arrangements.Apparently responding to an aroused public opinion, the Aspen Company changed it position at last Sunday’s meeting. The Music Associates were offered the use of the dormitories, cafeteria and tent for 1956. Although the rent was substantially increased, the offer was accepted.

Twenty-five years ago was the debut of the craziest, most creative competitions ever held in Aspen: The Art Cart Derby (see photos). The paper reported, It was hard to tell who had more fun, the adults or the kids.They came to the race equipped with fantastic birds, dinosaurs, high technology racers and just plain soapboxes, in hopes of rolling down Aspen Street faster than anyone else. The 18 carts were entrants in the first annual Art Cart Derby sponsored by the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts. …[T]hings turned serious as two favorite emerged from the time trials: The Log, designed and driven (ridden, actually) by Harry Teague, and a sleek formula style purple cart piloted for The Aspen Times by publisher Bil Dunaway. …The race eventually boiled down to a battle between the high technology and teamwork assembled by the Times and Teague’s low tech, one man show. …In the end, the careful body contouring that won the Times machine the Detroit award for engineering may have been the decisive factor. Commented timekeeper Roger Moyer, “Next year we will have to tighten up the rules. People put in weights and all kinds of stuff.” Aspen native and miner, Stefan Albouy, wrote a letter to the editor about the architectural plans for the restoration of the Wheeler Opera House.I want to express my strong disapproval at the ruining of one of Aspen’s traditions. I am, of course, referring to the Wheeler Opera House.Why is it that everything done here has to be done in such a complicated way that it encourages great expense, uses outside people who know nothing about Aspen, and results in architecture and improvements (rather destruction) that the most ignorant person could do a better job of, and is usually, in addition, a damned eyesore? …If you don’t like what Aspen is becoming, let’s all get together and do something about it. I know it may be too far gone, but if there is any chance of stopping some of this foolishness we ought to give it a try.

Another letter to the editor responded to the announcement that Aspen Times’ Sal A Mander was throwing his tail into the campaign for district attorney. It is only too appropriate that my only opposition in the forthcoming election for the Office of the District Attorney should have been spawned from the mud banks of the Roaring Fork. How courageous that a newt should be put forward as a candidate, by some of the people, for some of the people, advocating half-truth, arbitrary justice, and the self-indulgent way.It is unfortunate that my amphibious opponent, Sal A Mander, should once again be all wet, appearing to be destined to follow in the steps of his brethren of 1972, the Committee to Re-elect the President, by ignoring election laws. …[The} Constitution of the State of Colorado requires that eligibility for the office of District Attorney is satisfied by the possession of a license to practice law in the State of Colorado for five years. … Any violation of this act could result in a criminal prosecution – lizard beware.In closing, I would pose the question to the public, “Doth the reptile speak with a forked tongue?”Sincerely,Charles G. LeidnerDistrict Attorney

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