Ron is Gone

 Obituary: Ronnie Lincoln

December 17, 2009
Ron Lincoln’s mom called to tell me she only just found today his address book with my number in it. He died last March. He was put on high blood pressure pills, an abnormally high amount of them that were responsible for/caused his death. The doc at University Hospital who admitted him with what ended in organ failures indicated that had they discovered his improper dosing and wrong prescription about a year earlier, they could have reversed his death.  Continue reading “Ron is Gone”

Colorado Arlberg Club Lives on At Ski Area

From Alpenglow Magazine

“Nestled into a comforter of snow, five little ginger bread houses sleep peacefully in the lap of the booming metropolitan ski area of Winter Park. These five Swiss-style chalets, built over the last 50 years around the first orginal Alpine ski clubhouse in Colorado, are the home of the Colorado Arlberg Club.

The Colorado Arlberg Ski Club was formed in Denver in 1929 by a group of eight avid skiers. They named it after the then popular ski style developed in Arlberg, Switzerland, and chose as their insignia an A crossed with a ski. They started out skiing the foothills of Denver, and then migrated to Winter Park– then called West Portal–on the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad. The sight opened up to them at the end of the Moffat Tunnel would warm the cockles of their ski-pickin’ hearts.”

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Winter Park’s Blueprint for the Future

From Alpenglow Magazine

“In the late 70’s, the Winter Park Ski Area, which had alway depended on its Denver day-skier market, got its first big plug by the national ski magazines. Said one ski writer, ‘‘If Winter Park were a restaurant, it’d be called ‘Joe’s Eats,’” and when the article went on to describe friendly downhome atmosphere and good skiing, the ski area was on its way to becoming the destination resort area it was aiming for with the development of the Mary Jane.

The Town of Winter Park, which had just been incorporated from the village of Hideaway Park, did not earn the same regard, however, by the national media. Described in the same article as ‘‘a fairly uninspired strip along Highway 40,’’ Winter Park has been working ever since on turning the haphazard strip-city development, which might have occurred in response to the ski area’s rapid gvowth into an inspired and controlled growth, which would interface with the ski area expansion and avoid some of the pitfalls experienced by other mountain resort communities.

Now, eight years later…”

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Barriers a Matter of Perception

From Regional Mobility Magazine, April 3, 1986

“‘Disability is an obstacle illusion.’ Catchy phrase. With this phrase, Rose Kreston hoped the students at Colroado State University would catch Handicapped Awareness Days’ message that it is often the able-bodied community’s perceptions of disability which impede disabled people in their attempts to become an acceptable part of society.

Rose Kreston is a small person. One resists the temptation to say that her job is big. But as Director of Handicapped Students, her job is a far-reaching and varied position that requires organizational, supervisory, advisory and advocacy skills as well as insight into the experience of handicapped people.

Rose brings a broad outlook and background to that role. Disabled since birth by a condition called Osteogenesis…”

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The Foghorn Sounds Again

From Alpenglow Magazine

“‘I don’t care what your mother told you–spread your legs!’

Dave Bertoni, one of Winter Parks Ski School’s ski instructors, recalls fecetiously that you might be in Loveland and hear this demand echo across the mountains from Winter Park where Maury “Foghorn” Flannagan would be practicing his unique style of teaching skiing…”

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Happy Rails to You

From Powder Magazine

“Skiers on Winter Park’s slopes stop to watch a miniature train scene below. Soot-caked black engines roar out of a hole in the Continental Divide and then rail past the ski area. All except for an unusual chain of yellow coaches. Barely outside the tunnel, it heaves a sigh of cinder and smoke, sets it edge on rail and stops.

The Moffat Tunnel can be seen from almost anywhere on the front face of the Winter Park mountain. A steady stream of rail traffic appears to be eaten-up and spit-out by this curious orifice in the face of the mountain. The sight of colored boxcars strung like a candy necklace, followed by the roar of black chains of coal cars stops even the most intent snowplowing skier to stare in amazement…”

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Pioneer Spirits

From Alpenglow Magazine

“Colorado women have climbed a long way since the pioneer days of the 19th and the early 20th centuries.

Take early-day female mountain climbers. They certainly had the right stuff although you wouldn’t have known it from the conventions of the day. They were not supposed to climb without me, who they were expected to follow behind. And they were expected to follow behind. And they were expected to dress “porperly” for their ascents–in skirts and corsets!”
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