The 30th reunion of Aspen State Teachers College was held this fall with a barbecue at the Limelite Lodge, hosted by Tandy and Karen LaMaster, and a Founders and Friends Dinner and 30th Anniversary Homecoming Dance at the Aspen Elks Club. Aspen State Teachers College (ASTC) was created in 1975 by Marc Demmon and Al Pendorf as a joke, but it soon became a mainstay of Aspen during the 1970s, typifying the fun-loving character of that era. Marc was Dr. Slats Cabbage, college president, and Al was Fulton Begley III, dean of women and equipment. They said all of Aspen was their campus, and classes were everywhere. You could take Garaging 210, which taught how to hit the garage sales, Elementary Reading 102, which taught how to read the classifieds, or Auto Mechanics 202, which taught how to start a Jeep in the wintertime. The college published a handbook that stated, “The town of Aspen, Colorado, is in fact a college and who would dispute it? Why, it even has its own student dormitory, a yearly freshman class, visiting students from other colleges and universities, its very own athletic teams, fraternities and sororities.” They even gave out student IDs and we knew a young man who traveled through Europe with his ASTC ID. All the young people in Aspen at the time were “students” of the college and wore T-shirts, which many wore to the reunion.Several Aspenites took off during the fall offseason on an exotic trip to Asia. Jack Crawford and Helga Matuska, accompanied by Gene Reardon (on his last trip before his recent death), Kurt and Anne (Foster) Duldner, Richard Auhll and Elayne Kass, Don Crawford and Margaret Bauer went on a month’s sojourn through Southeast Asia. In Bali, their most unique resort was on a verdant hillside overlooking a river, in individual villas with infinity pools, accessed by a funicular. Highlights included ornate temples (some filled with monkeys), whitewater rafting through a rain forest and riding elephants. They sailed to Komodo Island to see the Komodo Dragons (9-foot carnivorous lizards). On to Singapore for Singapore Slings at the Raffles Hotel, then to Bangkok, where they partied with former Aspenite and Bangkok resident Bob Fink. Several continued to Cambodia to tour the spectacular Angkor Wat ruins. The final stop was South Vietnam, exploring the floating villages of the Mekong Delta and entering the Viet Cong tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City.
Peter Harriman, son of Bill and Lisa Harriman of Aspen and a junior at the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., has been named to the school’s first-quarter honor roll. This fall Peter also worked in the school’s on-campus student jobs program and played on the varsity soccer team. This winter he will be a member of the Holderness Division I varsity hockey team, and in the spring he will be co-captain of the varsity golf team.In October, Felicity Huffman won the trophy at the Emmy Awards for “outstanding lead actress in a comedy series” for her role as Lynette Scavo in “Desperate Housewives.” Felicity is the daughter of Grace Huffman of Woody Creek and she grew up in Aspen.The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation will hold its annual meeting and holiday reception on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 at the Hotel Jerome. The meeting will feature stories of the foundation’s grant recipients.The Aspen Chamber Resort Association will hold its annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bump’s at Buttermilk. Take a new unwrapped toy or cash donation for admission to the party.The Aspen Historical Society will hold its annual Cookie Exchange and Book-signing party on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Stallard House Museum on West Bleeker Street. Local authors will be on hand to sign their books.The Hawaii Connection: Connie and George Madsen spent their offseason holiday in Hawaii.Jewelry designer Christopher Walling is just back from his seventh show at Honolulu’s Contemporary Art Museum and reports that it is his most successful exhibit ever!Mary and Gib Gardner spent an autumn holiday at Waikiki in Honolulu. They stayed at The Breakers, the little hotel on Beachwalk where Jim and I always stay.And several Aspenites are just back from Kauai … everybody is getting ready for the winter season in Aspen.Undercurrent … Walk carefully. There is ice under the snow.
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