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A model new citizen

Dear Editor:Bobsy Sacks, a remarkable Aspenite, became an American citizen on May 12. When she came to live in Aspen from South Africa a dozen years ago, Bobsy quickly became famous for her enthusiastic embracement of the town’s myriad activities, even though she was already in her early 70s. Besides hiking to Crested Butte over Maroon Pass and teaching water aerobics, she worked at a variety of part-time jobs and volunteered for dozens of nonprofit organizations.One of her most dedicated volunteer activities is storytelling for Valley Spellbinders. Literally hundreds of Aspen Elementary School children have heard Bobsy tell stories in their classrooms monthly for the past seven years. She entrances the children with folk tales and fables, many about animals from her African homeland, often using the “glottal click” of Zulu storytellers. Mary Owens’s first-grade class thanked her last year by giving her a huge paper book of her stories, illustrated with the children’s crayoned drawings.When Bobsy was ready to take the test to become a citizen last fall, she was told she would have to wait five months; then if she passed, she’d have to wait several more months before being sworn in. She decided that at her age five months was too long so she wrote the agency that she was 83 years old and shouldn’t be made to wait. Miracle of miracles for a government agency, they gave her the test two weeks later!Today, Bobsy is an American (and Aspen) citizen. She is a model of how to seize the day and make the most of life. Congratulations, Bobsy! We’re proud you’re one of us.Germaine DietschWoody Creek


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