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Our sister city, Walter’s ‘tude

Brent Gardner-Smith

You never know what ideas you might pick up by scanning a media database for mentions of Aspen.

In the Wednesday, March 19, edition of The New York Times, Elaine Sciolino wrote about a city in France joining with its American sister city to promote unity.

“As Washington and Paris wrestle with diplomatic divorce, from the heart of Provence comes a campaign to promote French-American friendliness,” Sciolino writes. “The city of Aix-en-Provence has joined forces with its sister city, Coral Gables, Fla., to sign a solemn ‘proclamation’ of solidarity.

“As a result of the initiative, Cites Unies France, the French sister city organization, proposed last week that the dozens of French cities with ‘sisters’ in the United States do the same thing.

“That means that the good will could spread to well-established siblings like Rennes and Rochester; Chamonix and Aspen, Colo.; and Cannes and Beverly Hills, Calif.”

That’s right Aspen, you’ve got a French sister city. And after all, they do fly the red, white and blue there, too.

@ATD Sub heds:Dismissive this

@ATD body copy: Also yesterday, New York Newsday mentioned Aspen in an article by Verne Gay asking, “Can CNN Do Battle?” The piece focuses on Jim Walton, the new chairman of CNN, and his approach to news.

“But in conversations with some colleagues, (Jim Walton) has signaled that he plans a return to the network’s hard-news roots and has disavowed many of the cosmetic changes made under his immediate predecessor, Walter Isaacson, who is leaving to run the Aspen Institute, a Washington-based think tank.

“He’s also trying to mend battered morale at CNN. Both Isaacson and his boss, Jamie Kellner, who will be leaving soon, were widely perceived as The Enemy by the CNN rank and file – two men who spent the bulk of their careers elsewhere and who seemed to disdain CNN’s legacy.

“Isaacson had a tendency to be brusque, if not outright dismissive, with some subordinates.”

Well, he should fit right in …

@ATD Sub heds:Butter, then guns

@ATD body copy: Reporter Ed Henry of Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, wrote on March 19 that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, like his predecessor Trent Lott, is an Aspen fan.

“Mere hours after getting an injection of the smallpox vaccine on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was spotted in swank Aspen, Colo., getting ready to hit the slopes for some weekend skiing,” Henry wrote in his Heard on the Hill column.

“The Frist family chowed down Friday night at Butch’s Lobster Bar, a popular watering hole and restaurant that flies fresh seafood into the Rocky Mountains from New England every day.

“Butch Darden, the owner of the eatery in the Snowmass Village section of Aspen, told HOH that Frist (who’s a regular when he’s in town) seemed to be in fine spirits – despite the fact that some people wind up with ill effects after getting the vaccine. ‘He was his normal cheerful self,’ said Darden.

“The owner said he did not know what Dr. Frist, who’s known for his physical fitness, ordered for dinner. ‘I’m not sure lobster is that healthy with all that butter,’ Darden noted.”

Question: do you think Darden considers Snowmass Village a “section” of Aspen?


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