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Carl Bergman’s first visit to Aspen was for a Fourth of July parade. He loved the town so much that he moved here that fall to take a pharmacist job. Then he bought the pharmacy. That part of the story is well-known, but you might not know that the man behind the calliope, which has faithfully showed up for every Wintersköl and Fourth of July parade for more than 40 years, is this same man.Carl is fascinated by steam power and spends most of his spare time working on projects associated with steam in one way or another. When the opportunity to put together a steam calliope arose, he jumped at the chance, and onlookers have been serenaded ever since.The calliope is disassembled after each journey to town for a parade. At parade time it is reassembled by a team that includes his son and longtime friend Jim Jenkins, who doubles as the tune player. I can always tell when it is parade day because we can hear the early warm-up session as those whistle notes carry from Meadowood to our doorstep in Highlands.One time in the early ’70s, I turned my CJ-5 (Jeep, for the uninitiated) into a pig for the Wintersköl parade. I was assigned a parade position immediately behind the calliope. My ears were ringing for two weeks!A tribute to the past and to steam (which I do believe is renewable energy … at least as long as there is water), and to Carl and his passion to show us and teach us about the past.- Georgia Hanson


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