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Katharine’s why I’m here

Dear Editor: I’d like to share some personal thoughts of appreciation and gratitude in remembrance of Katharine Thalberg. In 1973 my mother, Joyce Semple, wrote Katharine a letter from Los Angeles, shortly after Katharine moved to Aspen. Mom was looking for advice on places to move our family for a year. Her short list was Aspen and Sun Valley. Katharine called back saying to not even consider Sun Valley and to come to Aspen immediately! The schools here, the town, the people, the skiing, the lifestyle, were just a few of her reasons. My mom and grandmother came out to Aspen on a scouting mission right away. They liked what they saw. Luckily my father was afforded the luxury of being able to work anywhere he could plop down his manual Olympia typewriter. Thus our fate was sealed, and on Katharine’s advice we packed up the green Volvo station wagon and headed to Aspen. The rest is history. Had it not been for that response from Katherine I never would have had the opportunity to be raised here, and in turn start a family of my own in Aspen. Katharine was one of those exceptional people unafraid to voice her beliefs – someone who actually made you stop and think. At least that’s what affect she had on me. I always admired how she stood by her convictions and how she applied those to her business. Everything in her store and restaurant was chosen with care and, most importantly, on the basis of how it affected our environment. There was an almost poetic justice in how her beliefs made their way into shaping local politics.Today we all as community members, even her critics, benefit from her beliefs. As her lawn guy every time I passed by her yellow VW Bug I’d notice the animal-rights sticker on it, while being chased by her dog, Pearl at the same time! I never even knew that Katharine had cancer, so her passing came as a huge shock to me. Katharine Thalberg is the reason that I had the good fortune of growing up and raising my own family in Aspen. And for that I am eternally grateful to her. My thoughts go out to Bill, Deva, Ashley and Brooke from me and all the Semple family.With love,Lorenzo (Lo) Semple IIIAspen

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