Thanks, Fisher fans
Dear Editor:Having enjoyed the Freddie Fisher 100th birthday celebration a little too much last Friday, we have been slow to thank everyone who bothered to show up. Well, thank you all!It is not often that Aspen throws a party for the long-dead King of the Dump, but now that the mayor has proclaimed Freddie Fisher Day to be an annual Aspen event, we have something to look forward to each June 12. An estimated 300 people drifted through as the party ran its course, and I am proud that my hometown supports the deification of Fisher, who may rise every spring as our very own icon of irreverence. By the way, next year’s event is wide open at this point, and we are taking suggestions for intriguing entertainment and revelry, as long as they conform to Freddie’s standards of decency.The event could not have been held without the enthusiastic support of the following people: Our mayor, Helen Klanderud, who likes a little fun now and again; George Stranahan, for his early pledge of support; Wabs, Tom Elder and staff at The Red Onion; the swingin’ band of Walt Smith, Bill Parish, Mark Gray, Chris Goplerud and Steve Cole; intermezzo entertainers Dan Sadowsky and Ellen Stapenhorst; Susan Fox for her collection of Fisher family memorabilia; and The Aspen Times, for running a full-color display of the event flier.Thanks to Su Lum for her donation of “Fisher the Fixer” books, and Ruth Owen and Jill Uris of the Aspen Historical Society. Adrian Debee supplied Fisher music and videos, and Mona Long at Main Street Printing gave us a great deal on printing the event fliers, which were stolen almost as soon as they were put up (we are flattered).By the way, if you crave an archival-quality, full-size, limited-edition poster from the event, or a Freddie Fisher CD or video, make a donation to the Aspen Historical Society and they will send it to you.Yours truly, and thanks again,Greg PoschmanFerdinand Fertle Resurrection Commission
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