News in brief
September 19, 2011
The Aspen Historical Society will hold a get-together from 5-7 p.m. today to honor the memory of former Aspen Times publisher Bil Dunaway, who died earlier this year.
Dunaway died on the morning of Feb. 25 at the age of 87.
After serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Europe during World War II and graduating from the University of Washington, Dunaway was editor of Skiing magazine for a couple of years. After losing that job, he came to Aspen for a veterans ski race and visited The Aspen Times.
“I liked Aspen, and I saw a future with the paper,” he said. “I’d always been interested in newspapers and freedom of the press.”
He settled in town and bought the Times in 1956. Over the 38 years he owned the newspaper, he established a standard for excellence, winning a number of individual awards and more for the newspaper. Among his other business ventures, he also was the president of Canyon Cable TV, which first brought television service to Aspen and Rifle, as well as Aspen Broadcasting, which started KSNO, Aspen’s first radio station.
Former Aspen Times Managing Editor Andy Stone will serve as master of ceremonies as people share stories about Dunaway, and The Aspen Times will provide refreshments. The Aspen Historical Society is at 620 W. Bleeker St.