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Hired in January of 1963, Jim "JC" Clarke was a member of the original Vail Ski Patrol. Ski patrol personnel of that era needed to be game for new experiences and a jack-of-all-trades. In this Vail Valley Voices History Nugget, Clarke discussed repair of the first telephone wires on Vail Mountain. Lodgepole pines that swayed readily in the wind served as poles for the phone lines. JC Clarke was interviewed for the Vail Valley Voices oral history...
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Renowned jockey and Kentucky Derby winner, Pat Day, grew up on Lake Creek near Edwards, Colorado. His father, Mickey Day, taught him the fundamentals of riding and horsemanship at a young age. In this excerpt, Pat Day discusses a "very pivotal moment" during the first horse ride of his life. His mount was a spunky Welsh pony named Blackie. This History Nugget is excerpted from Pat Day's Vail Valley Voices oral history. Day was interviewed in...
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Debbie Bolon-Feeney discusses how she came to live in Colorado's Rocky Mountains with Tara Flanagan and Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail." Bolon-Feeney shares her 1976 - 1984 experience with Summervail Art Workshop (SAW), including the creative imprint left by ceramics instructor, Danny Martinez, and the inspiration of SAW progenitors: Randy Milhoan, Dan Telleen and Jim Cotter. She also discusses her life as an artist and art educator in the...
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Dr. Jack Eck discusses the challenges of the 1970s ambulances (a station wagon) used by the fledgling medical clinic of Vail and the Gore Creek Valley area. He is interviewed by Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail."
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Vail Rotary Club, formally chartered as Rotary Club of Vail - Eagle Valley, was established on 9 June 1970. It was the first international service club organized in the community. (The first local community service event was the annual Rummage Sale, which stimulated the inception of the Eagle Valley Community Fund.) Jan Strauch, who joined Vail Rotary in 1971, discusses the early days of Vail Rotary Club with Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail."
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John Dakin is a member of the Colorado Ski and Snowsports Museum Class of 2022 Hall of Fame. In this Vail Valley Voices History Nugget, Dakin reflects on his favorite moment during the Alpine World Ski Championships held in Vail and Beaver Creek. Specifically, Dakin notes Tamara McKinney's 1989 gold medal win in the combined alpine ski event. Dakin believes McKinney's effort "saved" the Championships. John Dakin is interviewed by Tony Mauro,...
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In 2020, Vail Rotary Club celebrated its 50th anniversary of service to Eagle County, Colorado and the world community. Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail," interviewed several early and otherwise instrumental members of Vail Rotary Club including: Larry Agneberg, Chris Aubel, Gary Gilman, Reggie O'Brian, Dr. Kent Petrie, Sue Rychel, Jerry Sibley, Jan Strauch, Penny Wilson, and Bill Wilto. Others interviewed in this Vail Rotary Club oral history...
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Pete Seibert Jr. describes the serious injuries his father, Pete Seibert Sr., received during the Battle of Riva Ridge (Northern Italy) in World War II. Pete Seibert Sr. was a Master Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division Company F. Seibert trained for winter warfare at Camp Hale in Eagle County, Colorado.
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Vail's first Town Manager, Terry Minger, shares a humorous interaction with Pepi Gramshammer in an oral history interview with John Horan-Kates. Tony Mauro, the Voice of Vail, hosts the featured narrative.
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Rob LeVine served on the Vail Town Council from 1989 to 1993. During his tenure, Vail town engineer, Greg Hall, and transportation consultant, Arnie Ullevig, proposed a creative solution to traffic backups at Vail's former four-way stop off I-70. LeVine discussed the controversy and resolution of Vail's initial roundabout. It has been described as the first modern roundabout in North America.
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Retired Colorado Division of Wildlife officer and game warden, Bill Heicher, reflects on a humorous experience featuring Elwood, a homemade deer decoy. Heicher is interviewed by Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail."
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Bill and Sally Hanlon discuss their lives in early Vail, Eagle County, Colorado. Sally Hanlon examines her role, alongside the collaborative efforts of fellow Vail Trailblazer Josef Staufer, in establishing Red Sandstone Elementary School. Hanlon and Staufer worked with Ernie Chavez, the Eagle County School Board president and longtime postmaster in Vail, to organize the elementary school for Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff. Bill and Sally Hanlon also...
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Elaine White Kelton expounds upon her experiences as a founder of Vail.
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Annie Staufer recounts her memories of moving to Vail in January of 1963, their first charming accommodations, and life "in the Wild West." Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail," performs Staufer's oral history interview. Jonathan Staufer, Annie's son shares his remembrance of the early incarnation of Vail Mountain School at the base of Meadow Mountain near Dowd Junction.
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Founded by George Washington Knox, Sr. on 15 October 1965, The Vail Trail was Vail’s first newspaper. The Vail Trail was a Knox family-owned newspaper that ran from 1965 to 2008. Tony Mauro and Tara Flanagan interviewed Knox family members, as well as fifteen former employee and community members for this remarkable oral history compilation. The oral history narrators include: Allen Knox, Carolyn Knox Keep, Sharon Brown, Kathy Heicher,...
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Josef "Joe" Staufer shares narratives about his childhood in post-World War II Austria, meeting the love of his life, Anne, in Bermuda, stopping for a "visit" in Vail while en route to California in 1962, and becoming friends with President Gerald R. Ford. In addition to Joe Staufer, the "Voice of Vail" Tony Mauro interviewed brother Hermann Staufer, son Jonathan Staufer, and 1960s Vail community members Dave Garton, Patti Langmaid, Jan Strauch,...
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Rob LeVine examines his life in Vail and his role in the evolution of the community. LeVine discusses meeting Dr. Tom Steinberg at The Clinic in the 1960s and later serving with him on Vail Town Council. LeVine expounds upon key decisions by the Vail Town Council that dramatically influenced the character of the community. LeVine also considers the existence of a Lionshead culture, being mentored by his father and Bud Benedict, and his role in the...
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Carolyn Woodward Pope discusses her experiences of Vail and the colorful people she knew.
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Eleanor "Ellie" Caulkins her son, George Peck Caulkins III, and Sheika Gramshammer discuss the early days of Vail with Tony Mauro, the "Voice of Vail."
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This is the 2nd interview with George Mizner, M.D. by Walter Gallacher. This interview was recorded 4 months after the 1st interview.