April 17, 2003
Co-hosting a springtime cocktail party in the Hotel Jerome Antlers Bar were Janet O’Grady, editor of Aspen Magazine, and Tony DiLucia, manager of the hotel. The party celebrated the spring issue of the magazine, which features the cocktail hour in Aspen with all the martinis and champagne that are savored. The magazine gave three parties this past year … one in July, another in January and the spring one in March. I always enjoy their parties as you meet all kinds of creative people.
Received an invitation from former Aspenite Joan Darrow for her graduation from the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, N.Y., on May 17. Joan worked in Aspen as a personal consultant and designer and she also had a radio program of classical music.
Megan Bly Humphrey, a publicist for Charles Cunniffe architects, just returned from a yoga retreat on the Osa Peninsula near the Gulfo Dulce in Costa Rica.
A recent issue of the National Enquirer featured an article about Christy Smith, a contestant on the TV program “Survivor,” which is taking place in the Amazon jungle. Christy lives in Basalt and works at the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. One of her Gallaudet University professors says that Christy has a secret survival weapon – the confidence-building courses she took in college that taught her to overcome her worst fears. She has been deaf since she was born, but in college she still scaled rock cliffs blindfolded, stood atop a 35-foot high pole, and explored underground caves in total darkness.
The last two issues of “Skiing Heritage,” the magazine of the International Skiing History Association, have included cover stories of interest to Aspenites, both written by Morten Lund.
The December issue featured Andrea Mead Lawrence, an Olympic skier in 1948 and in the following two Winter Games. Andrea and her husband, David Lawrence, lived in Aspen with their five children for four years during the 1960s. The spring issue of the magazine features gold medalist Stein Eriksen, who was director of the Snowmass Ski School and the Aspen Highlands Ski School. He is now director of skiing at Deer Valley in Utah. The articles tell about the skiers’ childhoods, their early skiing years and their Olympic years. People wishing to obtain copies of the magazines can write to Dick Needham, editor, Skiing Heritage, 481 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, R.I. 02871.
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Genetic engineer Margaret Pullen of Aspen has been included in the first edition of “One Thousand Great Scientists” published by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England. Margaret is the chief executive officer, chief scientist and chair of the board of Evergreen Applied Research Inc. Her work includes the original application of high-level physics directly to genetics. Her mission began in 1970 when she volunteered with a 4-year-old boy whose four limbs had been amputated. She is a graduate of Stephen’s College in Columbia, Mo. (her A.A.), the University of Colorado (her B.A.), Northeastern University in Boston (her B.S.), Tufts University in Medford, Mass. (her M.S.), and the University of California (her Ph.D.). Margaret has completed 13 filings with the U.S. Patent Office and is listed in Who’s Who in America.
The Vance Kirkland Museum recently opened to the public at 1311 Pearl St. in Denver. The museum features Colorado art, a major decorative arts collection and also includes Kirkland’s historic studio building. The Kirkland Museum will permanently feature more than 400 works of early to mid-20th-century Colorado art and currently has 95 Colorado artists on exhibit. The museum’s decorative arts collection of about 2,500 works is reputed to be the finest collection of work from the first three quarters of the 20th century out on view, and not in storage, of any museum in the United States.
Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) is famous for his idiosyncratic techniques in painting and his wide-ranging and successful style changes, which resulted in five major periods of realism, surrealism, hard-edge abstraction, abstract expressionism, and The Dot Paintings. He taught art at the University of Denver and worked in his Pearl Street Studio, where his workroom has been kept mostly intact and is part of the new museum. Director/curator for the Vance Kirkland Museum is frequent Aspen visitor Hugh Grant.
Undercurrent … kids with skateboards instead of snowboards.