Archive for the ‘Colorado’ Category

Christo’s Valley Curtain – – Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard 1974, 24 mins.

July 24, 2017

Back when we would to to Snowmass at Aspen for summer vacation, my father would tell us about this fascinating project.

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

June 15, 2017

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I saw this sign for the first time in my parents’ neighborhood where the sign is on display in the front yard of two homes.

“Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!” (Doug Jones) “[Snowmass-at-Aspen was] a kind of good-times machine…” (Peggy Clifford)

May 31, 2017

Background to Quote 1:  “Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!” (Doug Jones)

On a summer day in the early 1970s I was with my family in our 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport, westbound on I-70 in the middle of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, looking forward to what would be at least our second family vacation at the Silver Tree Inn located in Snowmass-at-Aspen.  I was in my customary seat – – back seat on the passenger side of the car.  My younger brother Doug was in his customary seat, the middle seat in the back row.  All of a sudden Doug started singing a song we had never heard before, a song he had made up himself, which went something like this:

Snowmass-at-Aspen – – has very good times!
Got skiing!  do do do do-do
Got tennis!  do do do do-do
Got swimming!  do do do do-do
Snowmass-at-Aspen, has very got very good ti-i-i-imes!

Background to Quote 2: “[Snowmass-at-Aspen was] a kind of good-times machine…” (Peggy Clifford)

“At [the center of Snowmass-at-Aspen] was a square with a clock tower and fountain. Shops and restaurants ringed the square. Beyond them were lodges and condominiums, beyond them were the playing fields – – ski slopes, golf course, tennis and paddle tennis courts . . . [Snowmass-at-Aspen] was not a town, but merely a kind of good-times machine, and the good times were organized and codified. They were also unreal. The fact that there was a real town named Snowmass with a history, residents, houses, and businesses just down the road was not seen by [its developers] as a stumbling block. Market research indicated that Snowmass was a promising name for a ski resort and that the Aspen connection was worth millions in publicity. So, Janns both built an instant town and named it after a celebrated real town…” To Aspen and Back: An American Journey Hardcover – 1980 – – by Peggy Clifford (pp. 107, 108)

Book description from

A non-fiction chronicle of Aspen, Colorado during the 1950s through the 1970s by long-time journalist and resident, Peggy Clifford. Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson, occasional resident, friend of the author, and candidate for Sheriff of Aspen.

“Peggy Clifford, former Aspen author and journalist, dies”

May 7, 2017


“She wrote one of the most intelligent columns in the history of American journalism,” wrote the late maverick journalist Hunter S. Thompson in an introduction to “To Aspen and Back.” “Her collected columns on Aspen would be a real saga, a million words or more. No one did what she did. Nobody else wrote with the consistency, the genuine love for the valley that she did. Other people might have felt it, but she said it.”

Said McBride: “She was a good reflection of what this place once was.”

In June 1970 — a time when the hippies and free-thinkers were famously at odds with the town’s conservative lot — Clifford wrote in favor of an open space purchase by the city of Aspen.

“Snowmass ski resort celebrates 50-year anniversary”

May 7, 2017

This article features a photo gallery. In picture 8 the Silver Tree Inn is seen in the background. That is where my family would stay during summer vacations in Snowmass.