Aspen’s well-off when it comes to making news |

Aspen’s well-off when it comes to making news

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen is such a media magnet it gets ink about trying to get ink.

The Denver Post on May 21 ran a brief headlined “Praco quits in Aspen.”

“Praco, the ad agency that handles tourism promotion for the Colorado Tourism Office, has quit its job in Aspen,” it said.

Yes, and quitting your job in Aspen is often seen as a good thing to do. Especially at the start of summer.

@ATD Sub heds:Trailer bash

@ATD body copy: The Sunday New York Times on May 26 had a piece by Lois Smith Brady on a picnic in the Smuggler trailer park.

“While Aspen is known for its excesses, it is still a place where many people appreciate understatement, even frugality; where athletic feats are more prized than enormous fur coats; where one’s cholesterol level is considered a more telling detail than one’s income; where the rich and famous invite their ski instructors, yoga teachers and favorite bartenders to dinner parties, and vice versa,” wrote Brady.

Against a backdrop of a picnic birthday party for architect Scott Lindenau at his innovative new house in Smuggler, the writer further delves into the Aspen Way.

“Like the guests, the clothes at the party were from everywhere. Mr. Lindenau wore a sort of yoga ensemble of loose cotton, bought on a recent sketching trip to Morocco.

“Neil Karbank, a lawyer, was dressed in a pinstripe shirt, khakis, penny loafers and yellow bicycle socks, worn not because he’s a die-hard cyclist but because athletic socks often seem to be the only kind for sale anywhere in Aspen.

“‘The cult of the athlete here is just overpowering,’ Mr. Karbank said. ‘You heard about this guy who rode his bike down Snowmass on a black run at 96 miles per hour?'”

Indeed we did. And Mr. Tarver is once again riding his bike after crashing and nearly checking out.

The piece ended by noting that in Aspen we’re all elite trailer dwellers at heart.

“Among the last remaining guests were Paul and Cristina Nicoletti, who run the Henry Beguelin shops in Aspen and Malibu, Calif., and are about to move into a house of Mr. Lindenau’s design here – a cluster of asymmetrical, low-tech buildings with a courtyard swimming pool.

“‘Everyone here has the same lifestyle no matter where they’re living,’ Mr. Nicoletti said. ‘We all ski the same mountain. We all share the same back yard, and the back yard is where everything happens.'”

We’ll be right over.

@ATD Sub heds:Electric conductor coming

@ATD body copy: United Press International gave Aspen a little publicity jolt on May 23 when it reported that classical music conductor Julius Rudel is playing Central Park this summer.

And Aspen.

“In recent years Rudel has gained a reputation for being a ‘magical and electric’ conductor,” the story said. “Recently he conducted ‘Tosca’ at the Met and a series of concerts in Vienna. Later this year he will travel to Colorado to conduct the Aspen Music Festival.”

May he play to thunder.

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