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There are other arguments – that Hemingway drank a lot, that he didn’t get along with members of his family, and so on. The scholar acknowledges all this, but insists the house is worth saving.

Finally, there is the matter of the suicide. "But that doesn’t make the house any less worthy of appreciation and respect than the cemetery (in Ketchum) where Hemingway is buried." Hemingway should be remembered for his life that was "generally lived well and enthusiastically."

Tsunami relief efforts continue

DURANGO, Colo. — The efforts to raise money to aid victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean are continuing in ski towns cross the West. Among the many recent efforts have been something in Durango in which restaurants came together in something called "EAT for the People." The participating restaurants donated 10 per cent of their total sales. That and other efforts raised $20,0000 in Durango, reports the Durango Telegraph.

Rags to riches story ends

ASPEN, Colo. — One of Aspen’s most prominent movers-and-shakers, an individual both loathed and loved, has died at the age of 59 of kidney cancer.

Harley Baldwin had, by his own account, shown up in Aspen in 1968 with nothing more than a military deferment and $1,200 in his pocket. He began in business in an extremely small way, hawking crepes out of the Popcorn Wagon, but somehow within several years found the capital to become a partner in a real estate development about 25 miles away. Within three years of showing up in Aspen, he was buying rundown downtown real estate that he then converted into trendy shops.

Later, among his various ventures, he operated both an art gallery and the members-only Caribou Club. He was, reports The Aspen Times, "both credited and reviled for his role in the resort’s transformation into a high-end shopping mecca and for furthering the town’s glitzy image." Baldwin, however, was unapologetic and downplayed his influence, suggesting he was simply "ahead of the curve."

He later spent much of his time in New York City, where he and his partner, Richard Edwards, had a home overlooking Central Park. He also taught a seminar at Columbia University. "One of the things I try to teach is, it’s good to make some money; it’s really quite thrilling. But you’ve got to enjoy your life," he told The Aspen Times in an interview several years ago. "It’s really important to teach people to create the life that they want to live."

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