Around Aspen: Recognition
There are times when Aspenites recognize other deserving Aspenites or sometimes people who spend time in Aspen.Every January the Aspen Hall of Fame banquet is held, honoring Aspenites who have made lasting contributions to the Roaring Fork Valley. And every August Aspen Orthopaedic Associates honors physicians who have spent a year or two as fellows at the clinic.The Aspen Hall of Fame 2010 inductees are Katie and Carl Bergman and Dwight Shellman. The sold-out banquet was held in the ballroom of the Hotel Jerome.Well-known in the Aspen community as the owners and operators of Carl’s Pharmacy and The Miners’ Building, the Bergmans gave up promising careers in the Midwest in 1963 and settled in Aspen to satisfy their urge to ski. Carl got a job as a pharmacist at Matthews Drug and two years later he and Katie bought it and changed the name to Carl’s. They bought a lot across Main Street and built the Miners’ Building in 1976. These two businesses are like old-fashioned general stores, carrying almost everything that Aspenites need. They have created a strong family atmosphere with their employees, some of whom have worked for them for 30 years. As a history lover, Carl has collected mining memorabilia for years and his steam-powered calliope has appeared in every Aspen parade since 1976. When he was president of the Aspen Historical Society, Carl and Aspenites Rick Newton and Graeme Means convinced the City Council to acquire land for the Holden-Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum.Dwight came to Aspen as an attorney with Holland & Hart in 1968 and was elected a Pitkin County Commissioner in 1972. Along with commissioners Joe Edwards and later Michael Kinsley, Dwight became known for new policies that resulted in down-zoning of rural lands in the county and implementing a growth-control system. The efforts of these commissioners act as the foundation of the country’s land-use code today, helping the Roaring Fork Valley avoid the worst of modern America’s development patterns. Dwight also was instrumental in forming the county bus system that has since become the Roaring Fork Transit Authority. Every summer Kelly and Dr. Mark Purnell hold a picnic at their home on the Roaring Fork River to honor the fellows, doctors who spend a year or two with Aspen Orthopaedic Associates learning and perfecting their skills as orthopedic physicians. As there were so many events this summer, my daughter, Jess Bates, photographed this party for the column.Undercurrent … When I was growing up during the Great Depression back in Geneseo, N.Y., my mother and her friends wore Chanel No. 22 perfume in defiance of the poverty that everyone was enduring. I think I’ll start wearing Chanel No. 22 in these times.
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