(Fritz Benedict, Aspen Hall of Fame photo, the foremost architect and ‘soul’ of Aspen)
To the Editor, Aspen Daily News 03.06.23: I spent a lot of time with Fritz Benedict (the “soul” of Aspen) in the 1970s to the 1990s as student architect, mentee and friend. Two expressions of his stood out and were ever present. With always twinkling eyes, he’d exclaim: “Isn’t this just the best place on earth to live? Aren’t we the luckiest people in the world!” and “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” He championed a litany of ideas — some crazy, some instantly great — to make us even better. Here’s to the dreamers. Think big, think happily, think expansively with courage and zeal — where and how do you want Aspen to be, to look like, in five, 10, 25, 50 years? Please vote. Tim Estin