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Asthisretrospectiveothelast50yearsmakesevidentleadershipinVailhasntalwaysbeeneasy.Beingboldandtakingrisksisnosurepathtopopularity.Butaninspectionothecommunitysdeningmomentsrevealsapattern.Actionsthatcannowbeseenasvisionaryaheadotheirtimerequiredcommitmentandresolveonthepartoelectedleadersthemunicipalstafandthecitizens.Newchallengeswillpresentthem-selvesduringthenext50yearsandnewleaderswillemerge.Theirsuccessesandvisionswillbebuiltontheremarkablehistorythatiscelebratedinthepagesthatollow.StanZemlerVailTownManager2003-currentContributorsValsFrst50saprjecttheTwnValncnsultatnwthDrsBaleyDanaDnvanFrdFrckJmLamntBbMcLaurnRandyMlhanTerryMngerBbParkerGlennPrzakRdSlerTmStenbergandSuseTjssem.SpecalthankstClradMuncpalLeagueClradSkSnwbardMuseumEagleRverWaterSantatnDstrctValDalyValHmewnersAsscatnValMuntanSchlValRecreatnDstrctValRelgusFundatnValResrtsValSympsumValValleyFundatnandValValleyMedcalCenter.WrttenandedtedbySuzanneSlverthrnandAllenBest.PhtsrmthecllectnsJackAfeckBarryStttPeterRunynRbertC.BshpandValsClradSkSnwbardMuseum.DesgnbyCarreCalvn.Itsnoteverydaythatonehastheop-portunityandprivilegetobepartothecreationoanewtownletalonetohelpmidwieaplacethatinthespanoaewdecadeswouldberecognizedaroundtheglobeasoneotheworldspremierskiareasandmountaincommunities.WhatstartedasadreamintheeyesoPeteSeibertandEarlEatontobuildaninternationallyacclaimedskiresortsooncompelledtheneedtocreateanextgen-erationmunicipalgovernmentcapableoprovidingbasicandeverexpandinganddemandingcommunityservicessuchaspolicerepublicworksartandsymposiaparksandopenspacetrans-portationlibrariesandenvironmentalprotectionstoagrowingarrayolocalresidentsandinternationalguestsandvisitorsalike.TomarkandcelebrateVailsrst50yearsthetownstafhascalleduponcommunityhistorianstohelpcaptureanaccurateandcompellingnarrativeotheoriginsdreamsanddecadalevolutionotheTownoVailatownthatshapednotonlysnowmogulsbutservedastheormativelie-shapingexperienceomanyinotallwhocitizenorvisitorhavehadthesublimeexperienceatbeingatelevationinbodyandspirit.TerryMingerVailTownManager1970-1979VailsFirst50ARETRoSPECTiVE