Around Aspen: A TED affair |

Around Aspen: A TED affair

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and the organization was launched in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman, a principal of the Aspen International Design Conference, as a vehicle for bringing together people from these worlds. It has one mission: spreading ideas. There are several Aspen members of TED, including Susanna and Terry Temescu, Mike and Jackie Bezos, Ann and John Doerr, Gerry and Glenda Greenwald, Goldie Hawn, Judy Hill and Amory Lovins. In late August Susanna and Terry Temescu held a gathering at their home for TED members and Aspen Music Festival devotees to learn about Jose Abreu’s TED wish and to introduce el Sistema USA, the Abreu Fellows Program, to the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Every year TED grants a wish of $100,000 to someone with a great idea, and this year the prize went to Jose Abreu of Venezuela, who started a music program 11 years ago that has taught music to 1 million students and serves more than 300,000 of Venezuela’s young people every year. His wish is to create his training program for gifted young musicians in the USA and other countries. With el Sistema, the students not only receive music education, but the older students teach the younger students. The Aspen Music Festival and the New England Conservatory of Music plan to start the program with youth in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Sunset magazine noted that in 2008 Pom Wonderful founder Lynda Resnick and her husband, Stewart pledged $45 million toward the renovation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Reznick Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, is on tract to open next year. The Resnicks have an Aspen home and support many Aspen non-profits.

The 19th Annual Aspen Halloween was held recently at the Aspen Square Conference Room and hosts included Susan Capiel/Connin, Marilyn Carruthers, Peter and Barbara Elias, Sam Hill and Bob Tyler, Fanda Kladek, Bill and Linda Meier, Pat O’Bryan, Steve Serna, Bob Wargaski and Brenda Kay.

In New York City this fall jewelry designer Maja Du Brul has been giving private trunk shows of her creations. She is a grandaughter by marriage of Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke.

Linnea Riley has one of her Christmas cards featured in the Art Institute of Chicago 2009 Gift Catalog. Linnea is a graduate of the Art Institute and she lived and worked many years in Aspen where she created her Linnea Calendars using her cut-paper designs. Her husband, Michael Riley, had a shop called Best of All Worlds.

Undercurrent … So comforting are the family photographs.

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