Thanks for the piece on Jim Bowden
RE: Summit Old Timer: Jim Bowden (SDN March 5)Jim Bowden … where to start. I was general manager of the Holiday Inn when Jim started in very, very small repair shop at the inn. Jim was looking for a place to tune skis, and I told him I had a small room on the ground level of the inn which he could have rent-free. This was the start of a long and wonderful relationship with a truly “great guy.” We called Jim the “Ski Doctor” which he was and is – they don’t come better at the art of turning skis than he. The new tuning machines are great, but skis turned by the Ski Doctor are the best. Along with managing the Holiday Inn, I served a few years on the Dillon Town Council, and then was elected a couple times as Summit County commissioner in the 70s and 80s. One of my favorite Ski Doctor stories is when we needed work done on our old jail in the courthouse, the sheriff would find some reason to pick Jim up and confine him until the work was done. Of course this was an undercover operation so all would deny it ever happened, but we got the necessary work done on the jail several times in the early years. We always had trouble finding good entertainers at the Holiday Inn Bar. Hank Parker (you should do a story on Hank who still lives in Summit County) came up with a great idea: Take the Ski Doctor, dress him up in a white doctor’s coat, put one of the old reflectors which doctors used years ago on his head, put him on the stage in the bar, and have him tune skis and tell stories. It turned out to be the best entertainment in the county. Jim did an outstanding job and the guests loved his program. Oh how I miss the old days and the great folks in the county.Jim Bowden is the greatest. He’s a large part of what makes Summit County such a great place to live. I am so glad you did the article on Jim, as it made my day. Jim will forever be one of my great people finds in my life.
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