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Around Aspen: Birthday bash

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Betty Weiss welcomes great-nephew Ben Jaffe to her 80th birthday celebration, put on by her children in September at the Hotel Jerome. (MEH photo)

In early September, longtime Aspenite Betty Weiss was feted at a dinner-dance at the Hotel Jerome given by her children, Kathy Weiss Stephenson, Eli Weiss, Julie Murad and David Weiss. The gala celebration was held at The Hotel Jerome and members of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performed a ballet created especially for Betty and commissioned by her children. Since the ballet is one of the main nonprofits that Betty supports, there were many ballet aficionados in attendance.

Anne Adare Wood, a former Aspenite who has been living in Palm Beach, Fla., the past few years, writes me that she is moving back to Aspen on a full-time basis no later than Dec. 1.The national media has been full of items about the takeover of Disney by Robert A. Iger from Aspenite Michael Eisner, who headed the entertainment giant the past 21 years. While serving as president of The Walt Disney Co. the past several years, Iger has repaired relations with former board members Roy. E. Disney and Stanley Gold, has elevated ratings at the ABC television network, and has shuffled corporate structure to give more power to division heads in charge of theme parks, consumer products, television and film. It is reported, he will strike a distribution deal with Pixar, will overhaul Disney’s animation business, and lay the groundwork for international expansion.Emily Whipple, a senior at Connecticut College, completed an internship this summer through the college’s Career Enhancing Life Skills Program. She worked at Peter Pennoyer Architects in New York City. Emily, a 2002 graduate of St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., is the daughter of Lynne and Ralph Whipple of Aspen.Undercurrent … The valley is still golden.

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