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Hey, Spike! offers a plethora of personalities

Miles Porter IV
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Special to the Daily/NBC-TV Guide

Coming soon to our TV screens is funny girl Betsy Sodaro, who stars in the new NBC sitcom “Animal Practice.”

A graduate of Summit High School, Betsy’s role as “Angela” is described this way: “Crane Animal Hospital’s enthusiastic, but eccentric animal handler who marches to the beat of her own off-tempo drum.”

Born in Leadville, the 28-year-old was originally cast as a guest star in the NBC pilot, but was promoted to series regular when the sitcom was picked up in May.

Betsy’s online bio says she “realized she wanted to be a comedian as a junior in high school” and “honed improvisational skills in Los Angeles with Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, Bangarang, Cream and other groups.”

She has also appeared in “Stevie TV,” “Comedy Bang Bang” and “The Nick Show Kroll.”

Betsy is the daughter of Sue and Craig Sodaro and has three sisters: Sally, Amy and Katie.

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“Betsy grew up in Breck from at least elementary school and graduated Summit High before going to Western State College and eventually heading to L.A., where she has made it. Her dad, Craig, used to teach eighth grade at Summit Middle School,” offers Andy Richmond, who provided the tip.


Whenever Spike sees the uncommon name Letofsky, he finds it’s a relative of lawyer Steve, who offices over in the Bank of the West.

“Yes,” reports Steve, “at least I have some relatives that are famous.”

Jeff Letofsky, a cousin of Steve’s, is a Pueblo Chieftain sports staffer. Another relative is making a book-signing tour after walking around the globe.

Polly Letofsky of Vail, the first woman to walk around the world, is promoting her book, “3 mph.”

She left home Aug. 1, 1999, and walked across four continents, 22 countries and more than 14,000 miles to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Her walk has been featured in more than 2,000 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and Newcastle Productions recently released “Polly’s GlobalWalk,” a documentary chronicling her journey.

To learn more about this Letofsky, visit http://www.pollyletofsky.com.


If international geophysicist Jack Craig IV of Frisco were back in school – for his doctorate – and the teacher asked him to write about his summer, this would be it:

“It’s a beautiful day on the Black Sea, no clouds, crystal clear, we went screaming along at 32 knots in our Fast Recovery Craft jet boat, then to the back of the 3 miles of gear we are towing behind the Russian research motor vessel ‘Tikhonov.’ We had to visit our chase boat, a 1959 antique built in Romania, which had actually crashed into our gear a few nights back, so we went back for investigation; no one in the wheelhouse was the cause … Oookaaay.”

Jack was supervising a Russian crew for his 13th year in a row, where the hardest word is your first one: “Zdravstvooychey” (hello).


Former Frisco police officer Jim Walsh turned 60 recently and is enjoying being a grandfather and riding his Harley-Davidson. Wife, Cheryl, is now publisher of Colorado Summit mag.

We spotted The Walshes out and about with ex-Frisco developer Rick Woods (Woodbridge), now of Florida, who was here with daughter, Brittany, and her boyfriend, Mike.


Sara Boyd, a veteran property manager formerly with Vail Resorts, is the new owner relations manager with Summit Mountain Rentals (SMR), winner of the SDN’s Best of Summit “Best Property Management Company” title two years running.

“Sara’s hiring reflects SMR’s commitment to providing Summit County property owners with a proven, trusted caretaker for their properties,” say SMR owners Mark and Mary Waldman.

Sara reports participating with fellow Summit County Rescue Group team member Amber Moran in the recent Warrior Dash at Copper.


Celebrating 30 years in Summit County is Steve Immer, who dropped his gag photo off at the SDN office.

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.

Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.