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‘Just one year’ in Vail turned into a lifetime

Scott N. Miller
NWS Welch, Shirley BH 4-27

EAGLE COUNTY – The babies born between 1946 and 1964 were, until recently, the biggest generation that ever grew up in the United States.The first of those “baby boom” babies turn 60 this year. They have lived through the birth of rock n’ roll, various wars hot and cold, and helped shape the cultural and political life of the country. Here are the stories of the first of the baby boomers, told in their own words. To participate in the “Zero to 60” series, e-mail smiller@vaildaily.comName: Shirley Welch

Birthday: April 25, 1946 How did you end up in Vail Valley? I met my husband, who was a ski instructor, in college at the University of Denver. Before continuing to graduate school, he wanted to spend one year teaching at Vail. That year started in 1968 and continues to this day.

Name three turning points in your life. • My marriage to Donald Welch• The birth of our first son (we have three sons)• Our youngest son’s graduation from college in 2005.

What are you looking forward to? Watching my children raise their children, and to see in what areas those grandchildren excel. My Baby Boomer husband already says that granddaughters will not play hockey! We’ll see. If I had it to do over, I would… I would not change a thing. Living in the Vail Valley has been the best part of my life. The outdoors is my still my playground. The people who live here are a little more adventurous than the norm and it makes them all the more special. My children received a great education and the Vail Junior Hockey club allowed all of us to travel the world. So far, it’s been a great ride!

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