Milking Aspen; smoke ’em if you got ’em in Africa
April 23, 2002
Aspen is often in the news, but sometimes just the word “Aspen” gets the ink in one weird way or another.
Given our relative obsession with all things Aspen, we notice these things as we troll through a media database searching for “Aspen” references.
Consider this sentence, for example, from a recent story from The Associated Press: “Amy was the first of 10 cloned sisters created from various nonreproductive cells taken from Aspen, a high-producing milker.”
Aspen’s been called a lot of things, but a “high-producing milker” is rare, although it may be accurate.
But we confess, put into context, the description of Aspen makes a tad more sense. “Aspen” is the name of a cow that researchers at the University of Connecticut used to extract cow DNA.
With that DNA, the researchers then created 10 cloned cows. One of them, Amy, recently gave birth to a 103-pound cow after reproducing the old-fashioned way.
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Researchers were thrilled. No word yet on how Aspen, the “high-producing milker,” feels.
@ATD Sub heds:The Aspen brand
@ATD body copy: And “Aspen” is more than the name of a cow. It’s also a popular brand of cigarettes in Africa.
But then again, “Aspen” is not alone in Africa. Other brand names of popular African cigarettes include “Hobby,” “Boss,” “Excellent” and “Hollywood.”
Hobby and Boss seem like great names for addictive cancer sticks. And hey, maybe we could change Aspen’s name to “Excellent, Colorado.” As for Hollywood, well, we’re already called that.
@ATD Sub heds:Snowmass rocks
@ATD body copy: Snowmass can play the name game, too. Aspen’s little sister city (or the community along Snowmass Creek, take your pick) recently got a mention in the Adelaide (Australia) Advertiser, although it was a bit obtuse.
The paper was listing what bands were playing where and noted that the “Enigma Bar will rock, with Splintered Echo, Liquid Blue, Snowmass, Anatone, Tired Children, Veiled Glade and the Armpods.”
A rock band called “Snowmass?” Sure, we guess so, even though we like the sound of “Splintered Echo” better.
@ATD Sub heds:Waiting for the trolley
@ATD body copy: Can you imagine waiting for Aspen to make up its mind about its old trolley cars? Yes, it seems someone out there would actually like to use one of the cars instead of just talking about it for decades.
According to the April 20 edition of The Seattle Times, the town of Issaquah is in the trolley market.
“It took years of effort to get a trolley clanking through downtown Issaquah,” writes Chris Solomon of the Times. “Now the red-and-white streetcar, on loan from Yakima, will disappear next month, and supporters have begun a campaign to raise money to buy another, to keep the rail dreams on track.”
But where do you find a trolley car?
“The next phase is to raise between $150,000 and $180,000 to buy and restore a used trolley, perhaps from Aspen, Colo., or Dallas, said Craig Thorpe, operations director,” the Times reported. “A new, vintage-style trolley can cost $500,000 to $800,000, Thorpe said.”
Note the “perhaps” in the story about buying a car from Aspen. An important qualifier, that.