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Honoring Paepcke

Dear Editor:Sixty years ago, in 1945, Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke created a lofty ideal and they poured their dreams, hopes and resources into creating a special place – a place for renewal of the inner spirit … a place for the things that make life special. Those of us who know and love the Aspen Institute hold those ideals to a high standard. One thing we can agree, it was the Paepckes who gave soul and spirit to the Aspen Idea 60 years ago and that history, which the Paepckes began, deserves to be honored. Soul and spirit cannot be bought, and neither can history. The history of this place must be honored. “The Complete Half-Aspenite,” by Bruce Berger, is full of references to Paepcke Auditorium. Changing the name of what we have always called Paepcke Auditorium sends a bad message regarding Aspen’s values and integrity.We thank the Resnicks for their generous donation to the Aspen Institute, but the people of Aspen have been going to Paepcke Auditorium for a long time and that remembrance should not be taken from them. With all due respect to the Resnick’s generous donation, add a plaque to thank them for their donation to renovate the building, but don’t change history. We ask you to leave Paepcke Auditorium as Paepcke Auditorium. Thank you.Susan O’NealAspen