MAE WEST was in Telluride for a special ski area dedication gala that took place from December 7 — 10, 1973.
• • This is how the Telluride Times announced the star-studded weekend exactly thirty five years ago:
• • The grand opening and official dedication of the Telluride Ski Area will be held Dec. 7 — 10, 1973 with big names and important people — — but the whole thing will be tied into a benefit for emotionally disturbed children in the Los Angeles area.
• • Joseph T. Zoline, ski area developer, announced that the usual fun and frolic of a ski area dedication will be tempered with the serious business of raising funds for Reiss Davis Institute, a home for emotionally disturbed children in Los Angeles. It is one of five such facilities of its type in the United States and the only one west of the Mississippi. Children at the institute are given free medial and psychiatric treatment.
• • Zoline said that is has been confirmed that television personality Art Linkletter will be here to act as master of ceremonies. A long list of other celebrities have been invited. In addition, Gov. John Vanderhoff, former Gov. John Love, senators, congressmen, and all local officials will be invited to take part, Zoline said.
• • It was reported to the Chamber of Commerce meeting that Mae West, who does not need any further identification, had agreed to be honorary chairman of the Reiss Davis Institute Day at Telluride. Naturally, the theme for the day will be “Why Don’t You Come Up and Ski Me Some Time?” It was also reported that Henry Fonda has agreed to come to town that weekend.
• • An invitation to the four-day bash came from Reiss Davis to 125 people to come to Telluride and take part in the grand opening and pay the institute $300 for the privilege. Participants will pay their own fare to Grand Junction, but from there on Telluride area business people will provide as much food and lodging as possible.
• • The Telluride Lodge would house some of the guest and Bucky Schuler has offered the facilities of Tomboy Inn.
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• • The Telluride Times — — 1973
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •