ASPEN, July 29, 2012/ Aspen Daily News/ — Ron Garfield was recently talking to an Aspen transplant about his decades as an attorney here, when he offhandedly mentioned Joe Edwards, the trailblazing local attorney and county commissioner.
“Who is Joe Edwards?” the transplant responded.
The naïve response, Garfield said at a recent Aspen Business Luncheon, prompted him to gather friends from the old days to share their stories of the ski town’s dropout hippie era and record them for posterity.
“This was a message to me that the 1970s were fast receding into the fog of history,” Garfield said. “It’s time to get the story out from those of us that are still here and give first-hand statements.”
The conceit with these old-timers is that if you were here back then and having any fun, you shouldn’t remember much other than a haze of pot smoke and public nudity. But a patchwork of new nostalgia is emerging — among its pieces: a new memoir about the local ‘70s counterculture, a popular and active Facebook page collecting memories, and a luncheon where lawyers Garfield, Edwards and Art Daily spilled their guts about the old days.
Daily suggested that there should be a sequel to Kathleen Daily and Gaylord Guenin’s “The Quiet Years,” the classic book about Aspen between its mining heyday and rebirth as a ski resort. The sequel should be called “The Wild Years,” he said, and should focus on the ’70s scene here.
“Lost Sheep: Aspen’s Counterculture in the 1970s,” a new memoir by Kurt Brown, may be that book.
Released this month, “Lost Sheep” offers a precise catalog-like record of the halcyon decade here, through Brown’s young eyes.
“I hope it’s that book,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of interest in Aspen in the ’70s right now. A lot of people think it’s the golden age, right before it became a very rich resort.”
Baby Boomers, having dominated the national culture all their lives, are continuing to do so in their dotage. For Aspen, that means, in part, a wave of nostalgia for the town’s dropout era and the 1970s. . . .
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