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Hey, Spike! shouts out a warning to heed

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily The Gonzo Ski Team

Taking a line from the old movie, “The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming,” there’s a new need to shout: “Emergency, emergency, everybody to get from streets.”The reason’s here right now, The Gonzo Ski Team, which got its start in on The Summit back in 1980 by Josh Walker, who lived in Frisco and worked at Copper Mountain Resort.Here’s a brief history compiled by the Gonzos:”The original Gonzos lived in a big six-bedroom house located at the end of South Second, which at the time was owned by Kirby and Hazel Anderson. Hazel was general manager of big hardware store and lumberyard located off Summit Boulevard.”We all had various jobs including working for Copper so that we could get the anointed ‘Employee Season Pass.’ These jobs ranged from working in themountain rental and repair shops, driving the parking lotcourtesy shuttle (that was Josh), buildingthe Club Med complex, housekeeping at the Frisco Holiday Inn, parking lot attendantsand, of course, we all worked at Mike & Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant located in Snowbridge Square (one of the original condo-retail buildings). “One of the season highlights was that by January 1980 we had assembled the core Gonzo Ski Team made up of about 20 guys and gals. Our standing meeting and party place was ‘High Noon’ every Thursday at the mid-mountain picnic table located in front of the huge pine tree, in the middle of the old trail #16 – at that time some of thetrails were still numbered. Remember the oldbubble chair that was “F” lift? We had all kinds of theme parties including Halloween costume parties, and numerous others – by the end of that first season the Gonzos were very well known.”In 1981, Josh “opened” the Gonzo East Coast Chapter while attending St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vt.”After graduating St. Michael’s in 1985 my dad stated this was a great group of guys andwe should stick together,” recalls Pete (Fanny) Fantry of Sudbury, Mass. “I decided to start Gonzo Ski Weekend in 1986 and this year marks the 25th anniversary. It has been the ultimate male-bonding experience – no ladies permitted.”Now they are reunited back where all the fun started. “Eleven of the original Vermont Gonzos are in Frisco and we have seven friends and family to round out the crew,” says Pete.The Gonzo originals present and accounted for:Pete (Fanny) Fantry of Sudbury, Mass., Chris (Cobber) Cobb of Medfield, Mass., Mark (Gilly) Gilman, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Rob (RP) Pursell, Wallingford, Conn., Josh (Tool) Walker, Reading, Mass., Jeff (Skippy) Anderson, Groton, Conn., John (Hurls) Hurley, Killington, Vt., John (Thimble) McPoland, Houston, Texas, Chris (Swiller) Weller, Long Beach, Calif., Greg (Spin Head) Spina, Waitsfield, Vt., and Steve (Fuzzy) Gribbon, Floral Park, N.Y.Here is the “Gonzo B” team: Dave Decarlo of Wayland, Mass., Tom Bartz, Park Ridge, N.J., Emerick Rochford, Waitsfield, Vt., Len Brenner, Natick, Mass., Dave Wolf, Wayland, Mass., Scott Anderson, Locust Valley, N.Y., and Steve Latham from Muttontown, N.Y.”Fanny Fantry has kept the tradition alive for the last 25 years, organizing a yearly trip, first to his parents’ ski house in the Catskills, and later to John Hurley’s place at Killington, and our place at Stowe, with a Jackson Hole adventure and probably one or two other places thrown in for good measure,” reports Dave Wolf, who was skiing out here earlier this season.The Gonzos are calling Mike and Amy Wolach’s place, MarDei’s, home for a week.Serving as a local pointman is ex-East Coaster Steve (The Thin Man) Smith of Frisco.••••Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for 20 years.Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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