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MEHBob Ward is editor of The Aspen Times, and his wife is Elizabeth.

Just before the holidays the Aspen Times staff held their annual Christmas get-together at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Thought you might like to see the people who write what you read. I had a phone call from an old friend – Tish Kllanxhja called from Grand Junction where he now lives and teaches English as a second language. Tish lived in Aspen during the 1950s, and was a partner with Mario in Mario’s restaurant, where they sang opera while you dined. Moving to Denver, Tish was a chef at The University Club, then he had his own restaurant in Larimer Square for more than 20 years. Then he became a wine merchant and I would see him at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.Tish called to tell me of the death of another former Aspenite, Anthony Chapin, on Jan. 1, 2010 in Austin, Texas. He was 83 years old. An architect, Anthony lived in Aspen and worked with architects Fritz Benedict and Herbert Bayer. He designed Friedl Pfeifer’s house on Buttermilk and the building across the street from the Red Onion. Anthony’s career took him to Aspen, San Francisco, Paris, Cambridge, Arizona and Austin, Texas. He worked as an architect, schoolteacher, art publisher, writer, labor journalist and public television producer.Undercurrent … The garden catalogues have arrived and we’re busy planning what we will plant in the flower beds and in the backyard vegetable garden. Meanwhile we will have to just enjoy the tiny garden in the upstairs dormer window and think about the tulips that will bloom in May (and sometimes get covered with snow).

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