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1985: The year the deals got done

VAIL – It’s one of the greatest headlines in history, it has to be.

On July 23, 1985, Vail Associates was sold for the second time in a month, this time to George Gillett, chairman of the Gillett Group.

That’s great because we like George, but that’s not the funny part.

A month earlier, ski company president Harry Frampton announced in June that the ski company had been sold to a European shipping company.

The Vail Daily, which didn’t take itself or anything else all that seriously in those days, published a headline that said:

“European Ferries buys Vail Associates!”

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Just 18 days later, that deal collapsed and Gillett bought the ski company for $55.2 million.

About that same time, Mayor Rod Slifer’s eight years at the town’s helm comes to an end. The two milestones are not connected.

Speaking of closing the deal, Vail was selected to host the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships, beating out Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Vail Valley Foundation President John Horan-Kates said the selection process was “a complex game of international politics.”

And while we’re closing deals, Colorado newspaper readers disagree with a poll by advice columnist Ann Landers, who said hugging and kissing can be a substitute for sex. Almost 70 percent of those responding said they wanted sex, not just the preliminaries. Of those responding, 66 percent were women.

And while we’re going all the way …

The Battle Mountain Huskies, led by All State running back Jeff Campbell, made the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history, driving all the way to the state finals. The Huskies thrashed Manitou Springs in the first round, then drilled Pagosa Springs 53-6 as Campbell scored three touchdowns.

For the championship game, Nov. 26, fans shoveled the field to start the game. Roaring Fork’s defense ended it. With 14 seconds left, Roaring Fork stopped the Huskies on a two-point conversion to end their title dreams. Quarterback Scott Ward capped an 80-yard drive when he hit Hayward Lafferty with a two-yard touchdown pass. The Huskies went for two and the win, but Roaring Fork stopped Campbell just shy of the goal line as time ran out. Campbell went on to play at the University of Colorado, then professionally with the Detroit Lions and the Denver Broncos.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.