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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that loves free money.

Actually, we’re probably not the only daily column that loves free money. In fact, we’re pretty sure everyone would agree they love free money. We are, however, probably the only daily column that got any free money.

Yep, there it was. We went to our post office box and found a check for a whopping $13.86. And all we had to do was fill out a form. We should probably explain.



A few years ago, we wrote a column about an antitrust lawsuit – officially, the CD MAP Antitrust Litigation – against Big Music (we like to call these conglomerated industries “Big” whatever – it makes us feel like even luckier underdogs when we get free money from them).

The attorneys general from 43 states, territories and commonwealths filed a class action suit against companies like Capitol, EMI, Virgin, Time Warner, etc. – basically all the companies that have been charging you arm, leg and first-born to buy a CD. The lawsuit alleges that the companies conspired to price-fix.



Well, the case is now settled. The companies have agreed to more than $130 million in cash payments and CD distributions – but they aren’t admitting guilt, of course.

But who needs a guilty verdict from a jury when the companies themselves agree to pay out that much?

We certainly don’t need a guilty verdict, because we got a check!

So, anyway, when we wrote about this in the column way back when, we followed our own advice and went to the Web site for the lawsuit.

Amazingly, all we had to do to join the suit was fill out a very simple form that didn’t require half the personal information it takes to get even a library card.

We had completely forgotten about it until the check came in the mail.

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Tony left us a message this morning hoping we could pass along a Happy Birthday! to his buddy Joel. Joel has 101 days on the mountain so far this year and doesn’t seem to be slowing down on this, his 43rd birthday. Tony says Joel has skied every month of the year since October 1995, which is a pretty remarkable feat. So stop by Colorado Special Tees at 416 Main St. in Frisco today and give Joel a pat on the back.

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Regrettably, we have two Scum Alerts!! Scum Alerts!! to report today. Hopefully, after reading these, someone out there will send us some better news.

First, an Evergreen woman called us, hoping we could guilt/karma-trip someone into returning her wedding ring. She says she took it off in the bathroom of Summit Thrift and Treasure while washing her hands and – you saw this coming – forgot to put it back on.

“So my $3.50 coffeemaker that I bought actually cost me about $2,000,” she said.

She’s hoping that maybe a little kid picked it up because it was shiny and pretty and has since shown it to mommy or daddy, who will then read this and know to either take it back to the thrift store or to the Sheriff’s Office.

It’s a double-gold band, with one row of diamonds and one row of sapphires, and an inscription of “Fox 2000” on the inside.

Next, Scottie in Breck reports that his late ’60s, early ’70s, metallic green Schwinn Suburban bicycle – a classic – got horked some time between Friday and Sunday from Airport Road near Summit Landscaping.

It was locked, but not secured to anything, for which Scottie now kicks himself. He used the bike to get back and forth from Peak 7 to the Breck Free Ride stop on Airport Road.

Scottie says he will give a reward for some info that will help him get his ride back. You can reach him at (970) 453-8039.

“There are a few of those in town, but not very many,” Scottie says. “It is the type of bike if you take to a bike shop, everybody wants to touch it.”

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Today would normally be Thursday, but, folks, we hereby proclaim it Free Money Day. If you think we should call it something else, let us know at summitup@summitdaily.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us to shut up already on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out pretending Madonna treated us to lunch …


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