Stein was a legendary alpine skier and considered the founder of modern day downhill skiing. I write now because his passing reminded me of the first pair of skis that I bought in Colorado, probably around 1970. We were coming back from a day of skiing and at the rental shop place, there were a pair of Stein Eriksen skis on sale. They were marked down considerably and I thought, hmmm, pretty good deal. I was a bit naive because the skis were 220 cm long [87 inches] - which by today's standards is way too long! My last pair of skis were 165 cm [65 inches]. But, I bought some bindings and boots to go along with the Eriksens and used them for several years. The skis were yellow and my boots were blue, so I was perhaps ahead of the times with the bright colors. Here is the best picture I could find of the Stein Eriksen L-21 skis:
In The Greatest Game in the World, Part 1, I mentioned that during our grade school and high school days, we often played basketball in Bobby Roth's barn, particularly in the winter time when the snow was piled high on the outdoor courts. It was often so cold that we played in full winter gear until we got heated up - then we could take off the gloves and jackets! We would sweep away the hay and dirt and play for hours. This picture is very reminiscent of our barn ball - although we certainly never had any girls playing our game!
Sure, old Freddy has been dead and stuffed for 20 years, but I would wager that the marmot is just as good as the more famous groundhog at predicting the arrival of spring. You can read more about Freddy here. And like Punxsutawney Phil, Freddy did not 'see' his shadow, so Boulder will have an early spring! Just got 15 inches of snow and it's mighty cold, but Freddy sez spring is on its way!!