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Two great ladies

The passing of two great ladies – first Hildur Anderson on Feb. 13 and, exactly one week later, Gretl Uhl on Feb. 20 – has saddened many of us who knew them.

Both ladies were inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame at different times, and both affected many lives, young and old, in the Roaring Fork Valley, over many years.

I first remember Hildur in the days before World War II when she, with her accordion and her group, provided the lively music of the day in the old Armory Hall (now City Hall) in Aspen.

Her lively spirit and smiling face made those dances something exciting to all who attended in the “Quiet Years,” which Kathy Daily so aptly described in her’s and Gaylord Guenin’s book, “Aspen, The Quiet Years.”

I remember Gretl from 1971, when I started working for the Aspen Skiing Co. and used the old Number 1 lift to reach my work station, the bottom of Number 6.

It was my privilege to ride the lift with Gretl, as we were the first ones up the mountain with the exception of the operators at the top of Number 1 and Number 6.

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Gretl always had a cheerful, friendly outlook, which I think gave me a boost which lasted 13 years (during the years I worked on the mountain).

Del Gerbaz

Glenwood Springs