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You are now driving on the ‘Bob Moscatelli’ on-ramp

I think that the first time I heard of Bob Moscatelli was when I heard of Bob’s One Book Book Store. I figured he had to be a whack job. I was right. But he happened to be a good whack job.He actually had a very esteemed military career before coming to the mountains to retire and open a bookstore. He graduated from West Point in 1958. He served in Viet Nam. He was a full bird Colonel in the Army where he served for 26 years. The very best thing he ever did was marry his wife Bonny. He is a friend with retired Army four-star General Chief of Staff John Shalikashuili. (Say that fast three times.)He had written a book on financial advice for his kids and grandkids and thought it was so good he wanted to share it with the world; so he opened his One Book Book Store. He had so many printed that he filled his garage and forced poor Bonny to move her car out into the cold Colorado winter weather. That is putting your passion before your passion, if you catch my drift (pun intended).Just to prove my point, he entered politics and ran for Frisco Town Council and eventually became mayor. A double whack job. Notice how I place myself in that category. I am a multiple whack job. He has since gone through rehabilitation and is now a normal person living as a retired citizen on the outside.

While mayor, he was able to attend the esteemed Mayors, Managers and Commissioners (MMC) monthly luncheons. For those of you who do not know, this group is actually the “committee that really runs Summit County.” You just think that the Board of County Commissioners, town councils and school board makes all of the big decisions but in reality the MMC, as it is really known, decides everything of any importance in Summit County. By the way, these meetings are open to the public and the press does attend – in case you wondered. At one of these MMC meetings a couple of years ago, Jeff Kullman, the person who really runs the Colorado Department of Transportation, came to the meeting to ask the MMC what they really wanted for projects in the near future. It was like a feeding frenzy. Everyone had his or her pet projects. Highway 9 near Breckenridge. Highway 9 north of Silverthorne, a sound wall along I-70 in Dillon Valley, a sound wall in Copper Mountain. And then the room grew silent.Bob Moscatelli raised his hand slowly like a mafia don and spoke in a clear distinct voice. He asked for a double lane on-ramp for Summit Boulevard to I-70. He was tired of the backup of traffic on weekends of drivers waiting to get onto the interstate heading back to Denver. Some people thought that traffic congestion was a great marketing plan in their towns. Bob did not.The assembled group was in awe. A project that made sense. A project that meant something. A project that would actually do something to move traffic.

We all thought for about two seconds and immediately approved the project.I had never seen anything happen so fast (with the exception of the approval of the recycling truck for Kasey Geoghegan a year earlier, but that is another story).Now that the on ramp is finished and Bob has retired, I would like to propose that we name the on ramp after him. Knowing how modest he is, maybe we could name it after his wife. We could call it the “Mrs. Bonny Moscatelli,” the wife of Colonel Bob Moscatelli, the retired mayor of Frisco, whose idea it was to build the on-ramp to I-70. Or, the “Colonel Robert Moscatelli On Ramp.”



You remember they named a bridge in Avon “Bob.” They named a bridge in Steamboat “the James Brown Bridge.”We could name our on ramp “Bob” after a real Bob. Or to shorten it because of the budget problems, we could name it just, Bob on, and use less sign space or leave more sign space and rent the extra space to KFC and Holiday Inn. Lindstrom lives in Lakeview Meadows and represents Summit, Eagle and Lake counties. He writes a Monday column. He can be reached at gary@garylindstrom.com, or visit his website at http://www.garylindstrom.com.


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