Meet the Author Series at Colorado Mountain College Leadville
Robert King | Friday, February 10, 12-1pm
Robert King, author of For My Grandchildren: Principles for a Successful Life
Bob King’s mother was raised in an orphanage. His father was born in Croatia and came to the United States, by himself, when he was only thirteen. After some “false starts and wrong-way roads,” King graduated from college, started a successful physical therapy business, and was able to retire at age 52 to enjoy other pursuits. Since retirement, King has shared his philosophies with thousands as a motivational speaker. He lives in Leadville with Karen, his wife of 48 years, close to their children and their families.
King wrote his For My Grandchildren in order to share his philosophies of life and principles of success with his grandchildren. Along the way, he also gathered the thoughts and responses of many relatives—including his grandchildren—and Leadville citizens. Bob King’s twenty-four chapters on successful living include topics such as “Civility,” “Valuing Diversity,” and “Vision Story,” all sparkling with the author’s consummate gift for story-telling.
Steve Friesen | Friday, Mar 3, 12-1pm
Steve Friesen, author of Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary
Although he seems larger than life, the mythical Kansan, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a real person. He went to work at age eleven and was a Pony Express rider by fourteen. In his twenties, his reputation grew as he served as a U.S. Army scout, Indian fighter, and bison hunter. Still, Friesen notes that Cody’s lasting fame is the product of his creativity, showmanship, and organizational skills as the owner and star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, which included egalitarian employment practices and wages for women and Native Americans and introduced the American Wild West to Europe. Buffalo Bill died 100 years ago, on 10 January 2017, and remains a popular cultural icon, having been represented in many television shows and films, as well as a show business inspiration.
Like Cody, Steve Friesen grew up in Kansas. He holds a BA from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and an MA in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta. Friesen’s richly illustrated book is based on his fifteen years as Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Gravesite on Lookout Mountain, near Golden.
Eugene Buchanan | Friday, March 31, 12 -1pm
Eugene Buchanan, author of Comrades on the Colca: A Race for Adventure and Incan Treasure in One of the World’s Last Unexplored Canyons
Comrades on the Colca takes readers on a tumultuous ride through South America during a “Polish race to the bottom of the earth.” Author Eugene Buchanan accompanied Polish explorer Jerzy “Yurek” Majcherczyk and his team on a “commercial feasibility expedition” down Ecuador’s Quijos River that turned into a race with another Polish team. In the process of recounting his chaotic and challenging experience (described by the Denver Post as a “sufferfest”), Buchanan also “delivers solid insight into the Polish connection with whitewater, a centuries-deep relationship that has become a mainstay of Polish bravado.”
A former reporter for the Denver Business Journal and 14-year editor-in-chief of Paddler magazine, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 25 years. The former ski patrol, kayak instructor and sea kayak and raft guide also enjoys a successful freelance career, with articles published in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Sports Afield, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Adventure Journal, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Backcountry, 5280, Bike, Mountain Bike and other publications. He is the founder of Paddling Life (www.paddlinglife.net), and a Contributing Editor for Powder and Canoe & Kayak magazines. His passion for traveling, writing and paddling has taken him to more than 30 countries on six of the seven continents. His first book, Brothers on the Bashkaus, was published by Fulcrum Publishing in 2008. His second book, Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids, a winner of the Living Now Book Awards, was published by Heliconia Press in 2010.
Roger P. “Digger” Hadix | Friday, April 14, 12-1pm
Roger P. “Digger” Hadix, Baseball in Colorado Springs
A Colorado Springs sports historian and author, Roger Hadix graduated from Rockhurst University. He is an avid baseball fan and for more than 20 years has been a member of the Denver and Rio Grande Reds of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association; his game-day nickname is “Digger.” Vintage base ball is dedicated to preserving 19th century rules, equipment, songs, traditions, and uniforms and educating the public about base ball history. The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association includes three teams: the Denver Blue Stockings and the Central City Stars as well as the Denver and Rio Grande Reds.
In 1880, Gen. William Jackson Palmer, founder of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the city of Colorado Springs, joined Denver and Leadville in establishing a state baseball league, which included the Leadville Blues, Colorado baseball’s 1882 champions. Baseball in Colorado Springs includes rare photographs from each decade of the 19th and 20th centuries, chronicling the national pastime as played throughout the Pikes Peak region. While in Leadville, Mr. Hadix will be researching his next book, on hockey in Colorado. He has also promised to wear his Leadville Blues uniform!
Dr. Stephen Whittington | Friday, April 28, 12 – 1pm
Dr. Stephen Whittington, co-author of Bones of the Maya and co-editor of Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Iximché ; with CMC alumnus Soren Frykholm
The Mapa de Teozacoalco: 2017 Discoveries
Two years ago, Stephen Whittington, archaeologist and Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, presented his ongoing exploration of the Mapa de Teozacoalco, a map and genealogy of a Mixtec kingdom painted in the late 1570s. This year, Dr. Whittington is returning to Teozacoalco, assisted by Colorado Mountain College and Colorado College alumnus Soren Frykholm. Whittington and Frykholm will recap the Mapa de Teozacoalco Project and reveal (for the first time!) the new discoveries unearthed during the spring 2017 field season.
Dr. Whittington, who grew up in Denver and graduated from Regis High School, holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD in anthropology from Penn State University. He has been working in Central America since 1981 and began the Mapa de Teozacoalco project in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2000. Soren Frykholm, a CMC Outdoor Education graduate, received a B.A. in Romance Languages from Colorado College in December 2016. He is a member of the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society and recipient of two Venture Grants that funded a documentary film about the experiences of his Colorado College’s varsity soccer team’s travels to four countries.