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Hey, Spike! quotes Confucius and Yogi

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily John Paul 'JP' Tuso is a CU Buffalo.
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Oftentimes that most famous of Chinese philosophers – Confucius – is confused with one of Major League Baseball’s greatest players – Yogi Berra. Both are (mis)quoted frequently.

And Hey, Spike! gets to use words from both this week.

It was Confucius who said:

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Taking literary license, we add to that…”and you’ll always run into people with ties to Summit County.”

Such was the case as your scribe and artist Mary Staby traveled to Wichita, Kan., for the second annual Autumn and Art Festival at Bradley Fair, a residential, commercial and park developed by George Laham.

Home to Textron’s Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, Learjet (now owned by Bombardier of Canada), and Koch Industries, Wichita is the largest city in the Sunflower State.

Art lovers always notice the “Frisco, Colorado” on the booth, moving them to say things like, “I know Frisco; I was just there; Oh, we have a place in Breckenridge.”

We chatted with Megan Metcalf, a dental hygienist, and husband Nick, who were out here not long ago.

Megan’s uncle and aunt, Pete and Debbie Carney of McAllen, Texas, own a condo in the Mount Victoria Lodge, developed in Frisco by Pete and Ronda Campbell.

Megan also has some more relatives over in Summit Cove, Paul and Maryann Skolault, who live in Wichita.

“We just love it up there in the mountains,” she offers.

Two other Wichitans we visited with, Chris and Susan Addington, have owned in The Village in the Kingdom of Breckenridge since 1989.

Chris, in a addition to being a pilot, is in supply chain management at Cessna. Susan is in PR for Koch.

Just out recently, they came to Frisco and enjoyed dinner at Vincent Monarca’s Vinny’s in the Rainbow Court. They offered positive comments on the service and cuisine.

Another local surfacing was George Watkins, who worked at Climax way back in 1962-65, on the Art Peltier repair crew.

Now retired from truck driving, George and wife Erin reside in his hometown of Wichita.

And now to a Yogi quote:

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

So, we did on our return trip, right off I-70 and into tiny Victoria, Kan., home to the twin-spires of Cathedral of the Plains, nick-named by William Jennings Bryant, when he visited in 1912.

Quarried from nearby limestone deposits, the St. Fidelis Catholic Church, which seats 1,100, was built in 1908-11, and was the largest church west of the Mississippi River at the time.

Those spires, which reach 141 feet into the sky, dominate the skyline.

Romanesque in design, the church contains German windows and works of art, Austrian hand-carved stations of the cross, and an Italian marble altar.

For more see this link: http://www.stfidelischurch.com

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And, again quoting Yogi, the New York Yankees’ catcher:

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

Even though he passed away two years back, Bill Heschke, the popular manager of the Breck Whale’s Tail for three decades, was honored by his many friends recently.

Although she was not there, Sylvia Scott reports that among those present were Billy Carr, Ritchie and Jody Poveromo, Mikey Smith (an ex-brother-in-law of mine), and Pat Thornsberry Wilson.

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No. 51 in your University of Colorado Buffalo football program roster, but No. 1 in your heart, it’s John Paul “JP” Tuso of Frisco.

The son of Dede and John Tuso, JP graduated from Cherry Creek High School, where he played football for the Bruins.

He now stands a whopping 6-4, 265, is a CU-Boulder freshman and made the team as a walk-on, playing defensive end.

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


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