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Rappaport knows Basalt

Dear Editor:

I first met Glenn Rappaport in 1974. I was tending bar in Andre’s in Aspen, and Glenn was a 21-year-old racing for the Aspen Ski Club and supporting himself by tuning skis in his own business in Junior Mountain Sports.

We had a mutual friend who also worked at Andre’s, and Glenn and I became friends almost immediately. Over the years we had some adventures and took some interesting road trips together. I always enjoyed Glenn’s sense of humor and his upbeat attitude.

We have remained friends in the intervening years even though we both married and raised families – his in Basalt, mine in Aspen. Instead of adventures and road trips, now we limit our time together to an occasional “mandate” in which Glenn and I engage in one of our favorite mutual pastimes, eating good food at local restaurants and talking, mostly about politics.

We both were hired by the ski school in 1976. Glenn didn’t last long in ski school because he had bigger fish to fry. He left town in 1980 to finish college and then went on to graduate school, where he learned his profession of architecture. In retrospect, that was an inevitable outcome for Glenn, as I have learned over the years of knowing him that he is artistic as well as visionary. These are very basic traits for architects. He is also very passionate about what he does.

I was not surprised when Glenn first entered the political arena. Having participated on a variety of local boards, Glenn found an outlet for his vision and passion after moving to Basalt and raising a family there. In my mind, Glenn has been an integral part of the Basalt renaissance through his business and his service on the Town Council. I would listen to Glenn talk about his vision, and then, when I would spend some time in Basalt, there it would be! My most recent visit there was to hear Bobby Mason last summer. After a great open-air concert in the park downtown, Glenn and I retired to an outdoor table and chairs, where we sat and ate lobster rolls in the pleasant summer evening. It was tranquil and homey, a wonderful small-town atmosphere.

Glenn and I do not always see eye to eye politically when we meet and talk. Glenn is a businessman and I am not, so our perspectives differ. But when we talk about local Basalt issues, one thing is abundantly clear to me. Glenn has a vision for Basalt and he is not afraid to speak it. He is passionate about that vision. He also loves his home in Basalt, his neighbors and the town. To me, he already is the mayor.

I hope you’ll come to the same conclusion. If you want to learn about some of the things we have talked about, visit Glennformayor.net for more on Glenn, his record and his views.

Don Bird


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