Hey, Spike! knows it’s a small world after all

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVGlenn and Debora Terrell in Edina, Minn.

No matter where you go – there you are.

And chances are pretty good you’ll run into people with strong Summit County connections and elsewhere in Colorado.

Another good example:

Hey, Spike! and Mary were back in Edina, Minn., for the downtown’s 46th annual Art Fair, staged in the Minneapolis suburb of about 50,000.

We had barely arrived at the show registration booth and there were Glenn and Debora Terrell, who used to live here, coming out of the adjacent pizza place.

Glenn first came to Summit County in 1986, and became Keystone Resort’s ski race coordinator, and later a financial adviser with Franklin Life and Financial Services

Debora moved to the county in 1991, and worked for Mike and Margaret Smith as manager at Blue Valley Rentals for about four years, and later with Wells Financial in Leadville for a like tenure.

In 2000, they took other opportunities that called when the Twin Cities beckoned, and being closer to Debora’s Midwest roots.

“We live in a fantastic location for cycling, swimming, and kayaking, only about 10 minutes from Minneapolis, however, all the benefits of a rural neighborhood,” they note. “The Minneapolis area is a music and dining mecca – always lots to do. We enjoy our careers; the opportunities are endless.”

Glenn continues his career in the financial service industry specializing in case design and sales, most recently in the brokerage arena.

Debora is a client specialist with a boutique financial firm, Sharon Olson Wealth Management.

Between a couple of short visits at the show of 320 juried artists’ booths, Glenn and Debora admit longing for “sunshine year-round, blue skis, world class skiing and cycling, the mountains, the hot springs in close proximity, green chili at The Grill in Leadville, good friends and family.”

Glenn’s kids, Avery works at Best Buy in the Boulder area as an IT specialist and manager; and Hilary, a senior at CU in Boulder, spent a semester studying abroad in Spain. She continues to be very active in cycling, running and skiing.

“We’re very lucky to live where we do in the land of ‘10,000 lakes,’ but the mountains are calling,” they say.

Staying in nearby Plymouth, Spike and Mary enjoyed the hospitality of brother John and Kathie Staby in their lakeside home. They are frequent visitors here for skiing and biking.

While at the show we got to know two young local American entrepreneurs, Chad Warzeka of Baja Smoothies and Jerry Martin of Jerry’s Cherry Lemonade.

They do a heavy schedule of art shows, air shows, festivals, and auto races around the nation. Chad’s wife, Melissa, had their fresh fruit stands at the weekend’s Denver Chalk Festival.

We also visited with John Mayer of Fort Collins, who skis up here occasionally, and was back in Minnesota for his dad’s 90th birthday.

We also got a surprise visit from Lynn and Gordy Boldt, who moved back there from The Summit.

A friendship was ignited with Margie and Phil “Fudd” Selby of Edina. Margie graduated from Pueblo’s South High School.

One night we enjoyed the dinner company of sculptor and painter Guilloume Perez Zapata and wife Gladys and son Lucas, a Marine Corps vet, all of Albuquerque, N.M.

Guilloume has done many art shows in Breckenridge with Mark Beling of the Mountain Arts Festivals.


In response to SDNews’ Summit Up recent bit about not knowing anyone from Pueblo, the home to the Colorado State Fair, we offer up these Summit locals:

Spike graduated from the “Steel City of the West” Central High School; RE/MAX Realtor Butch Elich graduated from South High, while painter-designer wife, Janet, went to East High; Centennial High can lay claim to Sharon “Corkie” Ramey and Karen Steinbrink; and those Sly sisters, Marilyn Leuszler and Jonnie Carlson, are two other South High grads. Native Puebloan Heather Clark, Jonnie’s daughter, moved to Frisco when she started school.


Congrats to local nimrod Larry Siler, who was on his annual fishing trip to Dragon Lake in British Columbia, Canada, for the past month and caught this 10+-pound rainbow trout on a flyrod.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.

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