Beverly Hills bucks and Aspen
Dear Editor:In early 1997, frequent Los Angeles Times guest opinion section columnist Tom Plate, University of California at Los Angeles professor and internationally syndicated columnist about America’s relationships with Asia, wrote in the Los Angeles Times about “Beverly Hills Bucks” and Malaysia concerning an event Beverly Hills put on the Malaysian prime minister, in conjunction with the Asia Society at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This special event made the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety because of its block buster potential for the Hollywood and the entertainment at large.Richard Rosenzweig of Playboy Enterprises and I were responsible for orchestrating the this momentus Beverly Hill event which both the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and the City of Beverly Hills were strategically involved in.This brings me to ” Beverly Hills Bucks and Aspen.” Please note it is not “Aspen Bucks and Beverly Hills.”Beverly Hills bucks in Aspen via the Hollywood and the entertainment industry made Aspen for a period of time a glitz, glamour and prestige mini-center. Now Aspen wastes away in the afterglow like an aging fashion model who once had her special glow.Marvin Davis, Colorado oil baron, bought 20th Century Fox and much of the Aspen Skiing Co. He brought in many starlets to lend Tinseltown’s fashionableness to Aspen. But while he continued his whirlwind Beverly Hills and Los Angeles socialite life, he dumped both companies, and the stars began to depart the Aspen scene.Beverly Hills socialite Dr. Cheryl Saban is engagingly charming with her acumen and human insight. She and her husband, Haim Saban, represent “Beverly Hills Bucks” that will lend a Hollywood glow to the near desert Aspen landscape that lives on yesteryear as more Aspen area nonprofits groups proliferate to feed off the local government’s breasts and spend money without creating additional weath to make the local economy heathy and diversified.I am delighted Mr. John Olson, Mr. Jim Kehoe and Mr. Scott Wright, along with Luke, provided the opportunity and environment for me to meet Cheryl Saban.Emzy Veazy III, Esq.Aspen
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