Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 1 week, 2 days ago on Lost ski resorts of Routt County

George: I have those 16mm projectors you're asking about under the Steamboat Lake ski area heading. Call 879-7556 Bill

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Bill Fetcher 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Skiing at Steamboat Lake Ski Area, 1973

There were no video cameras, or camcorders for amateur use in the '70s. Footage was taken with an 8mm home movie camera.

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Bill Fetcher 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Don Lorenz: Pearl Lake, great skiing

Sorry folks, but those weren't videos but rather old-fashioned 8mm home movies taken with either a spring-driven or battery powered movie camera. Video cameras (camcorders) were at least another decade ahead. (Sale of 8mm film for home movie cameras was discontinued in the early '90s.) Transferring old movie film to a digital format is an expensive process, at least when done professionally. I simply threaded the film through the projector and recorded the image off the screen with, yes, a camcorder. The result is good enough. I was in the Navy at Pearl Harbor, HI when these movies were taken. My thanks to Don Lorenz for identifying those ski jumpers in the film as well as the cameraman, our dad John Fetcher.

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Bill Fetcher 1 month ago on Good to be the Chief: Becoming the Chief

It's possible to date photos depicting the Chief Theater by the release dates of the movie titles on the marquee. I question the 1967 year given for the photo on page 2A. Disney's "The Vanishing Prairie" was released in 1954. Lead time for a movie's release and when it finally got a Steamboat showing could be several months. Given the Winter Carnival crowds lining main street, we can safely assume the photo was taken in February 1955. I doubt "Vanishing Prairie" was brought back in 1967 as a re-run. The photo on page 3A would be Winter Carnival either 1958 or 1959. The short-subject "Ski Town U.S.A." was released in December 1957. Disney's "White Wilderness" came out in 1958. Either the Chief Theater got a rush booking for a February showing, or this was a repeat booking the following year. "Lake Placid Serenade" (page 4A) was released in 1944, photo likely taken in 1945. While not unique the Chief, another feature was a "cry room" where parents could take crying babies. It was a sound-proof room with a view of the screen, with the movie's soundtrack piped in. Bill Fetcher

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Bill Fetcher 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kay Clagett will take final bow at Strings festival in Steamboat at the end of 2015 season

Just so you'll know, the Steamboat Springs Community Orchestra moniker goes back 20 years. Our local orchestra has undergone several name changes in an effort to avoid confusion with the Strings Music Festival Orchestra and still the two get mixed up. Here goes: Steamboat String Orchestra, 1992; Steamboat Springs Community Orchestra, 1994; Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, 1997; Steamboat Springs Orchestra, 2006; Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, 2010.

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Bill Fetcher 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Eugene Buchanan: The great garage shuffle

I've coined the verb hostle (the 't' is silent) to describe what's being done here, shuffling equipment about without it leaving the property. It's derived from hostler, a railroad engineer/mechanic who can move locomotives within a rail yard for maintenance or to make up a train, however he/she's not authorized or licensed to take a train on the main line.

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Bill Fetcher 4 months, 1 week ago on Tom Ross: Experiencing a Clark Griswold moment in the Paris Metro

Wally World gave its name not only to our Sunshine Bowl but to Walmarts throughout the country. ("Let's go to Wally World and buy some more stuff we really don't need.") By the way, in the movie it's spelled Walley World, a take on WALt DisnEY. Someday I'll get to France.

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Bill Fetcher 6 months ago on Railroad roots the theme of this year's Oak Creek Labor Day fun

By all accounts "The Moffat Road" reached Oak Creek in the fall of 1908 rather than 1909. The rails were laid into Steamboat in December, 1908.

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Bill Fetcher 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Depot Art Center sees new improvements, maintains its place of importance in the community

Railroad passenger service to Steamboat may have begun 6 Jan 1909, however construction of the depot couldn't commence until warm weather arrived. It was late summer when the depot opened, meanwhile boxcars on a siding would serve as a temporary facility.

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