An Autobiography: Chapter 28, Montrose, Colorado

| 9/7/2012 8:52:56 AM

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When we moved from Roosevelt Island in July, 1977, a new chapter entered our lives. We loved New York City, but it drained our savings and we thought the best thing was to move to Montrose, Colorado, where Tracy was running our mail order and Personality® Dollar Bill business.

Georgianna and Heather were in good spirits and ready for a new challenge, and we decided it would be fun to go to Washington, D.C., on the train, show Heather the sights, and then continue on the train to Cincinnati, where Earl and Sue would meet us. I had dreams of an elegant dining car with tablecloth and linens, but that wasn’t meant to be. The glory days of railroading had long since ended, and our food was sandwiches they sold! We enjoyed a few days in D.C., and the ride west. I had memories of the Cincinnati Train Station, one of the great train stations in the country. Well, that wasn’t meant to be either. We arrived late at night, and when “All out for Cincinnati” was called, we stepped out into darkness – a railroad yard!

Union Terminal 

My first thought was, “Where are we? How will Earl and Sue know where we are?” But it wasn’t long before they came walking up the track laughing, and Earl said, “Another fine mess you got us into!” I was so thankful for being blessed with the best friends in the world. We stayed with them a few days at their home in Hebron, Kentucky, and then headed west.

We enjoyed our time in Montrose. The now famous Telluride Film Festival had just been operating for a few years. It drew famous stars, directors, etc. Steve Wasserman, Los Angeles Times, said, “The films at Telluride, like the fresh mountain air, provide a kind of oxygen, reviewing one’s faith in the idea that movies, like all great art, still turn us inside out and make us see the world with fresh eyes.”

 Georgianna wanted to attend the festival, and knowing how busy I was, she decided to go alone. Telluride, altitude 8,750 feet, is about 3,000 feet higher than Montrose. On Georgianna’s first day, she had an anxiety attack, which led to hyperventilating.

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