Putting the drought in perspective | AspenTimes.com

Putting the drought in perspective

Dear Editor:

It is good to see a news story about the drought of 1976-77 (Aspen Times, Jan. 16) hit the front page of the local press.

However, the story is quite incomplete without a “Veazy tangent discourse” to the Aspen tale.

The year 1976 was the United States Bicentennial, U.S. Sen. Jim Buckley (Conservative Party and Republican Party) lost his re-election bid, and President Gerald Ford lost his re-election bid as the U.S. was still in a frightening, deep economic depression with Wall Street and New York City in a real deep-dollar funk.

The day after Thanksgiving Day 1976, I left New York City and Wall Street’s tattered financial and securities portfolios and massive widespread unemployment for Denver.

Except Virginia, all the states that voted for President Ford experienced the warm winter drought of 1976-77. The solid Electoral College vote for President Ford was east of the Mississippi River. The meandering mighty Mississippi River was the divide in our country.

In early 1977, my girlfriend was the daughter of Head Ski Co. President Bill Tabar. At the time Head Ski was headquartered in Boulder, where the Tabar Family lived in Gun Barrel.

But let us get back to my first Colorado winter of 1976-77, when I ended up in Keystone for a while. I watched Keystone skiers zip downhill in short pants on ice. Oh, my!

Surely my true tale has an Aspen angle. Through that winter and further into 1977, many Colorado people talked about how the Aspen folk finally learned their lesson about being snooty and obnoxious to everybody. They said Aspen finally realized where its bread was buttered and had become nice to people because they needed their money.

For you supposedly sanctified newspaper readers, I spent my Easter 1977 at Keystone, had an outdoor barbecue picnic feast at the Dillon Reservoir and walked out onto that frozen man-made lake. My enjoyable Easter 1977 was with two hot U.S. Army babes.

Veazy’s blast from the past is a Star Spangled Banner bursting rocket across the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Emzy Veazy III

Aspen and Burbank, Calif.

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