Deceased skier had local ties
January 9, 2004
Former resident David Lipschultz, who died on Aspen Mountain on Saturday, charmed many locals with his charismatic ways and his intensity about his career.
He met his wife, Juliana Tauber, on a chairlift in Aspen, and they married in October 2002. Although the couple had moved to Marina Del Ray last year, Lipschultz was back in Aspen for a skiing vacation when he sustained a fatal neck injury in Pandora’s Box, a popular out-of-bounds run on Aspen Mountain.
The accident occurred when Lipschultz fell into a tree well ” the area around a base of a conifer tree where snow accumulation drops off. His friends and former co-workers said Lipschultz was doing what he loved when he was killed.
“His life ended too early,” said Joel Lee, editor at Channel 16. “I know he lived life to the fullest. It’s unfortunate, but he died doing what he loved to do. He loved to ski and he loved Aspen, if that’s any consolation.”
Last year he and his wife wrote, produced and hosted “The Week in Aspen” on Channel 16, a nightlife and entertainment show featuring everything from what bands are playing locally to happy-hour specials.
“It’s immensely sad,” said Brendan Harty, the production director at Channel 16. “He was an avid skier and all-around good athlete ” one of those guys who was good at everything he did. He’ll be remembered fondly here for sure.”
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Harty remembers movie reviews Lipschultz used to do for the Channel 16 morning show. He was media-savvy and had written about entertainment and business.
“We valued the work he did for us greatly,” Harty said.
As a journalist, Lipschultz had been published in USA Today, The New York Times, Smart Money and Red Herring.
“He was extremely bright and curious, and he had come to Aspen seeking adventure, and seeking his dream of being a freelancer,” said Janet O’Grady, editor of Aspen Magazine. “He was taking on that challenge, and he wanted to live the life.”
O’Grady said she often spoke to Lipschultz about freelance writing, comparing notes. Lipschultz lived in New York for a while, and worked in marketing and public relations in the past.
“I’ll always remember him smiling ” he had a big, white, bright smile and he was always smiling,” Lee said. Channel 16 ran a montage of Lipschultz’s clips from his time at the station on Wednesday’s morning show. “I’m going to miss him, and I know I’ll smile when I think about him.”
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