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Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! chats it up with two Breck artists

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

This year’s edition was quite the Fourth of July celebration all over The Summit — big crowds, big parades and big fireworks. Loved it.

Helping to make the scene very colorful up at the Wyndham Resort Hotel at Main Street Station on the Maggie Pond were two former Summiteers, now artists, who were back for the 31st annual July Mountain Art Festival.

Former Summit County Journal/Schuss general manager and ad sales director Fred Prescott brought his brightly painted steelworks herd of large mobile animals and flocks of bird.

Now 65, Fred makes his home in Santa Fe, where he works in his walled industrial studio compound. He was here with his son Dylan, 17, and cigar-chomping brother Brian.

Still a very energetic kinda guy, Fred recalled the days of working for the Journal-owning Adams Brothers — Ren and Jeff, who came from a newspapering family in California.

It was Ren, says Fred, who made the call to put that infamous cover shot by Lee Lucas of then-wife Deb skiing the scree field. It was well before snowmaking and conditions that winter were less than ideal for skiing.

Fred had to take the phone calls from resort heads demanding removal of the magazine from their properties.

“All the phone lines lit up,” Fred says.

A revised edition was printed and distributed.

Fred also remembers the days of Shamus O’Toole’s Roadhouse Saloon, and those Whippit Sisters, dressed in tight black leather outfits, cracking whips at the talent show. One of the girls was Fred’s sister, Elana, and the other was Laurie, “a ski instructor for Breck.”

Another former Breckenridger, Bruce Taylor, returned with his hand-carved and painted wooden freshwater and saltwater fish. He calls Albuquerque home with wife Carolyn. They have two daughters: Niki and Kacy.

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, as a youngster, splitting time between here and Colorado Springs, Bruce, now 60, worked for real estate broker John Martini.

Bruce’s brother Bob is a longtime veteran of Keystone Resort snowcat maintenance operations. Bob’s wife is Sue and their daughter, Lucinda (“Cinda”), works at the Columbine Cafe.

“I am thankful to have grown up in Colorado,” says Bruce. “I fished every day as a young boy and now it helps me to recreate those memories through my art.”


In a variety of social settings Spike! and Mary visited with Frank and Ann Amoroso, Anita and Gina Koverman, Susan Clayton, Mary Beth Burichin, Bruce and Elesha Robinson, Dee Fallon, Scott Liebler and family, Fran Plotnick of Copper Mountain and Boca Raton, FL, Cindy Beer and Paul Austin, Dave and Karen Pringle, Harold and Ada Anderson, Steve and Susan Lapinsohn, Marc and Marilyn Hogan, Harold and Mary Wilson, Kathy Robinson and Tom Trahey, Phyllis and Gary Martinez, Mary and Dave Drawbert, Emily and Fritz Baumgartner, Roberta and Mark “Sharky” Fish of Grand Junction; Bridget and Dale Menke of Scottsdale; Cindi and Scott Gelman, Karen Lampe and Dr. Jeff Allen, Marcia and Joe Newhart, Ann Lukacs, Carolyn and John Jordan, Nancy Peterson, Sue Downen, Jim and Crystal Novak, Deb Edwards, Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, Heidi and Dick Roy, Brian Raitman, Janet Carter, Dot Vanderbeck, Kim and Tony Lord, Patty and John Swartz, Barbara and Nick Payne, Pat Butler, Trygve Berge, Ann Hough, Nancy Reichman, Melanie Frye, Ann Clark, Amy Lange, Dr. Erik Pieramici and Lisa Dimichele, Pat and Rick Bly, Gene and Vickie Johnson, formerly of Frisco and now of North Carolina; Tina Cunningham and parents Dick and Mary of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Breckenridge Police Department Code Enforcement Officers Tom Kotz and Jennifer Laureano, along with Red, White and Blue Fire Department Deputy Chief of Administration Jay Nelson.


Out for a regular run, Spike! spotted Friscoites David Luthi and Scott Saylor riding their Vespa-like scooters, heading up to Rainbow Lake. They had stopped to chat with Eric Cottingham and wife Gayle, who were hiking the recpath.


Nini and David Koch hosted a Summit Music and Arts “thank you” soiree for season ticket holders at their beautiful home in Keystone.

Len Rhodes played a set by American composers, and the group sang patriotic songs. Co-hosts were Julie and Larry Cope, with Dillon Ridge Liquors donating wine.

Among the attendees were Bill and Jane Bergman and daughter-in-law Rita Bergman with copies of the new book “By Chance: The Founding of Keystone Resort.” It was Jane’s birthday so she was honored with “Happy Birthday” by 50-plus well-wishers.

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

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