Barry Smith

Barry Smith 1966 –present   Full-time humorist and former audio-visual guy, Barry Smith has, in 15 years of living here, unassumingly become a modern-day embodiment of the “Aspen Idea.” Not content with writing an award-winning weekly column in The Aspen Times, writing and directing award-winning short films, writing and performing award-winning theater (his monologue “Jesus […]

Aspen State Teachers College

Dr. Slats Cabbage “The Dr. of Fluid Mechanics” (aka Marc Demmon) 1951–present Slats was the manager for the Aspen Mine Company and announced “this will be your headquarters for the new mall construction.” He told me about the Aspen State Teacher’s College and immediately dubbed me the Dean of Destruction. I think the “Cabbage Racing […]

Crystal Palace Not Always So Palatial

Crystal Palace Not Always So Palatial Yore Aspen The Crystal Palace in 1962, with the Owl Cigars advertisement on the side. Aspen Laundry was in the one-story white building to the left. (Frank Willoughby/Willoughby collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbySeptember 22, 2007Imagine dump trucks inside the Crystal Palace, staying warm so they could start on cold […]

First Grade Fears in 1914

First Grade Fears in 1914 Yore Aspen Washington School in Aspen’s West End. (Willoughby collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbySeptember 29, 2007Starting school is a tough transition for children. The prevalence of preschool has eased the transition between home and school, but the first few weeks are still a challenge for 5- and 6-year-olds. Kindergarten teachers […]

Made In Aspen

Made In Aspen The Durant Mine fabrication shop could make almost anything. (Willoughby photo collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbyOctober 6, 2007Fifty years ago you would often encounter abandoned mining and milling equipment around Aspen’s periphery. Many items had manufacturer’s names and “New York, N.Y.” stamped into the thick cast iron with dates from pre-railroad times. […]