Spare them the stigma
Dear Editor:As someone who is grateful to Stewart and Lynda Resnick for pledging $4 million for the renovation of Paepcke Auditorium, I believe we should spare them the stigma of having the space renamed for them. Surely a couple so committed to the restoration of one of Aspen’s cultural institutions would only be embarrassed by the substitution of their own name for that of the founder of Aspen’s cultural life itself. The name change, however well intentioned, would expose them to the imputation that the object of their gift was ego gratification rather than public service. I believe we should allow the magnanimous Resnicks to call the venue by the same name by which Aspenites and loyal visitors will continue to call it in perpetuity: Paepcke Auditorium.Bruce BergerAspen
This wasn’t my best work. I still stand by my original picks to win each of the snowboard contests at X Games Aspen 2023, but fate chose poorly. The main lesson? Don’t pick against Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland or Scotty James, unless you have a very good reason.