May 9, 2002
Freddy Fisher had remarkable tunnel vision when he wrote this in a letter to the editor of The Aspen Times in 1962:
“My proposal would provide a system of alternate routes.
“Route No. 1 would be loaded with signs full of lies extolling the highest, the newest, the closest, the cheapest, the roomiest, etc. – all “of Aspen,” with the owner’s name in red with capital lettering – this route would be for sign lovers.
“Route No. 2 would be for nature lovers loaded with rocks, trees, brush, weeds, swamps, barbed wire fences, broken down farm machinery, and old culverts.
“Route No. 3 would consist of a tunnel straight through for the guy who don’t give a damn and wants to get to town and make an ass of himself the quickest way possible.”
Alternates No. 1 and No. 2 are no longer available. After 40 years, along comes Ralph Trapani, a CDOT project engineer, with a tunnel vision of the Entrance to Aspen. And the light at the end of his tunnel shines on those council persons who want to get to City Hall the quickest way possible and make an etc., etc.
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