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Committee seeks Aspen Hall of Fame nominations

Aspen Times staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, COlorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for its 22nd anniversary celebration, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows.

Nominees must have had a “significant and lasting impact on the Aspen/Snowmass communities economically, physically, spiritually or intellectually.” Another criteria is the person or persons should have “demonstrated inspirational leadership, and have made major contributions in the cultural, sporting and/or civic arenas.”

It’s requested that people not nominate members of their own family.

Last year’s inductees were journalist and author Mary Eshbaugh Hayes and ardent volunteers and ski racing mentors Sigrid and David Stapleton.

Hayes has covered the Aspen Hall of Fame from the time of its founding in 1986 until present for The Aspen Times. She’s worked for the paper in some capacity for more than 50 years. Yet at the time of her Hall of Fame nomination she said, “It never occurred that I would be one that was chosen.”

Sigrid Stapleton echoed that opinion. For more than 40 years, she’s been a volunteer for organizations ranging from Aspen Valley Hospital to St. Mary’s Church, the 4H Club to Cub Scouts. Aspen native David Stapleton spent 35 years as a ski racing official, including chief of race for Aspen Winternational (World Cup).

“We were really surprised to be nominated. We felt very honored that people even considered us,” Sigrid said.

Sigrid’s father Fred Braun, who was instrumental in development of the Braun Hut System, was inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame in 1990.

More than 70 esteemed locals have been inducted in the Aspen Hall of Fame.

Nomination forms may downloaded off the Aspen Historical Society’s website,

Forms are also available at the libraries in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale as well as The Aspen Times, Snowmass Sun and Valley Journal offices. For more information, contact Sue Helm at (970) 923-3131 or e-mail

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