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Hats off to Walter

Dear Editor:Hats off to Walter Isaacson and his indefatigable team of talented souls, not the least of whom is Ideas Festival director Kitty Boone, who have created a third extraordinary Aspen Ideas Festival. We are greatly in Walter’s debt for bringing this remarkable week of thought-provoking discussion not only to our door step, but broadcast across the nation.The broad range of program tracks offered for discussion by 280 notable presenters from diverse fields included: Global Dynamics, Global Health, The American Experience, The World Economy, the State of the Environment, Science and Society, Arts and Culture, America’s Children, Media and Community, Business and Society, The City, Our Energy Future, Your Brain and Yourself, plus many evening panel discussions and special events.The Aspen Ideas Festival proved itself inclusive as many talks were broadcast on KAJX radio and many panel discussions will be viewed on Grassroots TV. Furthermore, director of the Festival Kitty Boone has entreated participants to go to the Ideas Festival website and share Festival presentations with friends with the goal of reaching one million people.Not only did Walter create another whopping success with the Ideas Festival, but his fundraising magic has resulted in a beautiful new Doerr-Hosier Center, which houses Aspen Institute events in its expansive meeting rooms, splendid outdoor terraces and galleries, which will be made available to the Aspen community at large for public events. Aspen is truly graced with Walter Isaacson’s dedication to bringing excellence to Aspen on many levels.Congratulations to Walter and staff for the extraordinary accomplishment of gathering diverse thinkers and creating dialogue regarding common values and issues of importance in our time, whose decisions will determine the quality of our lives and our children’s lives. The Aspen Ideas Festival takes action to generate an expanded state of consciousness and understanding through dialogue.Words seem inadequate to enumerate Walter’s many accomplishments, but “hats off” to Walter Isaacson for his Herculean Aspen Ideas Festival achievement and a heartfelt thank you for bringing such elevated dialogue to Aspen, which challenges and enriches our minds. We thank you.Susan O’NealAspen

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