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Hey, Spike! presents persistence three times

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Persistence is an important part of life — whether it's in marriage or prospecting. Just ask custom jeweler Dave Philips of Summit Gold in Frisco.

Two positive events in Dave's life came on Tuesday: He and wife Lyn (nee Peterson) celebrated 25 years of marriage, marked with silver; and the day was spent with the star of the Weather Channel's "Prospectors" — Brian Busse — shooting a segment for this season.

Not one to seek the limelight, Dave was first approached four years ago by "Prospectors" to do a program.

Dave said, "Nah, thanks, though."

Naturally, belly-dancing wife Lyn took issue with the decision.

Time passed, but the chance once again presented itself recently, resulting in Tuesday's filming at the Summit Gold jewelry store on Old Main Street Frisco and at the couple's home in Kremmling.

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And writing of time's passage, Spike!'s known Lyn and Dave for about 32 years. He attended Lyn's first wedding, at which, coincidentally, the band Slick When Wet played and Dave was the lead singer and guitarist.

Like often happens, that marriage didn't make it very long, but Lyn's later one to Dave continues down its positive pathway of bliss.

The "Prospectors" shooting will be a good memory for the couple.

In town for the program development, under the direction of producer Terri Porter, was "Prospector" Busse and wife Yolanda, who call Buena Vista home. Joining in was jeweler Dana Peters of Guffey.

Two other crewmembers included soundman Carl Hernandez and cameraman Dave Heacock, both of Denver.

The Denver producer and her crew don't limit their shooting scenes to nice jewelry stores; they spend nights out on mountaintops, like Mount Antero in Chaffee County, or find themselves waking up to ice-caked tents high above Manitou Springs, Terri says.

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Here are two other good examples of persistence:

Spike! is happy to report that Copperite Frank Walter, the 92-year-old skier and golfer, is home after recovering from what could have been a fatal golf cart mishap about six weeks ago.

Carbonate Real Estate and Property Management owner Tom Malmgren, a close friend of Frank's, tells us that son Larry flew in from California and brought his dad up the hill.

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Another athlete back in action is very long distance runner Doug Masiuk of Frisco, who was featured by Summit Daily News ace reporter Jessica Smith as he was preparing to run the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.

"Had to drop out of AT run. Ended up with a piece of metal in my foot, which got severely infected — 10 days in hospital," Doug writes to Spike! "Doing better now."

Doug is now running across Texas in a relay to raise money for diabetes, which he has been battling since age 3.

Keep on keepin' on, Frank and Doug.

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