Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 4 days, 5 hours 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 2 months, 3 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 2 months, 3 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 3 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 5 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 5 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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Bill Fetcher 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Exploring Steamboat: Horses, mountains and opera

The following should be submitted to Jeff Foxworthy, “You might be a redneck if you’ve ever had to fix a chipped tooth with a Dremel tool.” Two requirements are in order, 1) electricity to power the Dremel tool, and 2) at least one tooth in need of repair. (A Dremel tool is a hand-held electric motor, slightly larger than an electric toothbrush that can spin grinding wheels, burrs and other attachments.) I had to perform some self-dentistry with a Dremel tool prior to Emerald City Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” twelve years ago. The sacrifices we make! In those beginning years I was our only oboist due to the reduced instrumentation our pit orchestra was using. About two hours before opening night one of my upper incisors became chipped. When I put oboe reed to mouth, this for double-reeds involves drawing the lips in over the teeth, the chipped tooth cut into my lip, which began bleeding. There was no time for an emergency call to a dentist. I broke out my Dremel tool, fitted it with a grinding disc and, standing before a mirror, touched up the offending incisor, being careful not to overheat and cook the tooth. (There’re a lot of people out there who don’t like to hear me tell this story!) Repair completed with no more cutting and bleeding, I made it to the auditorium, gave the “A” and played the opera with no further problems. (This story reposted to eliminate word-splitting problems.)

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Bill Fetcher 5 months, 3 weeks ago on Beekeeping much more than filling a jar with honey

As long as it's National Honeybee Day (National Haymaking Day for me) this week, let's get the terminology sorted out. It seems the word "swarm" was used in the article where "colony" is meant. A colony is a hive of bees headed by a queen. A hive can be the familiar wooden boxes, a hollow tree, or a beehive-shaped straw skep. A swarm is when a colony divides, due to overcrowding, to find a new home, nature's way of perpetuating the species. Also when I inspect my bees I put on my veil, not a helmet.

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Bill Fetcher 6 months ago on Exploring Steamboat: Horses, mountains and opera

 The following should be submitted to Jeff Foxworthy, “You might be a redneck if you’ve ever had to fix a chipped tooth with a Dremel tool.” Two requirements are in order, 1) electricity to power the Dremel tool, and 2) at least one tooth in need of repair. (A Dremel tool is a hand-held electric motor, slightly larger than an electric toothbrush that can spin grinding wheels, burrs and other attachments.)
 I had to perform some self-dentistry with a Dremel tool prior to Emerald City Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” twelve years ago. The sacrifices we make! In those beginning years I was our only oboist due to the reduced instrumentation our pit orchestra was using. About two hours before opening night one of my upper incisors became chipped. When I put oboe reed to mouth, this for double-reeds involves drawing the lips in over the teeth, the chipped tooth cut into my lip, which began bleeding. There was no time for an emergency call to a dentist. I broke out my Dremel tool, fitted it with a grinding disc and, standing before a mirror, touched up the offending incisor, being careful not to overheat and cook the tooth. (There’re a lot of people out there who don’t like to hear me tell this story!) Repair completed with no more cutting and bleeding, I made it to the auditorium, gave the “A” and played the opera with no further problems.
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Bill Fetcher 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Tom Ross: Remember when it was legal to drive 60 mph up Eagleridge Drive?

In the mid '50s, before we had a Mt. Werner Circle, let alone a Mt. Werner (it was Storm Mountain then) we had street racing in downtown S.S. Refer to Deb Olsen's book, Steamboat Springs Legends, page 122.

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