Close encounters in Aspen
January 13, 2019
The funeral of George H.W. Bush was sad, but there were some funny moments. He was eulogized by both Jim Baker and Sen. Alan Simpson. I worked at the Aspen Meadows for many years. I've seen them both in action.
One evening there was a cocktail party in the Bandar bin Sultan building. This was before the conference center was finished. Baker was leaving early. I opened the door for him. He hesitated. Then he proclaimed in a loud voice, "Tomorrow I'm going to Africa, I hope to shoot a Cape buffalo." You could hear 90 people inhale deeply.
Late one afternoon I was driving Ben Bradley and Sen. Simpson back to the Meadows from downtown. It was rush hour and cars were backed up to the Jerome. I took Bleeker Street to avoid the gridlock.
Bradley whined, "Why are we poking along on this side street?" I stopped at Bleeker and Fourth streets. I pointed to the situation on Main Street. Sen. Simpson said, "Verne knows what he is doing. Let's get back to our conversation about you and Jackie."
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