Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This Statue IS NOT A Death Certificate

The statue of Spencer Penrose stands in
front of the Norris-Penrose Stadium. It was
made in 1957, Spencer Penrose was still
The below pictures are
what the statue use to
look like. This statue and plaque use to stand outside the
El Pomar Foundation when it was connected

to the Broadmoor Hotel, that was way over 10
years ago. El Pomar is now located in the
Penrose house. The plaques are gone, along

with the untruths on them.

Anyone can make a statue and put any date
they want on it, that does not mean that is the
year that the person was born or died.

A headstone for a grave, by law needs a
death certificate. Spencer and Julie Penrose have no headstone, though Spencer Penrose picked out one in the 1950's, I was there. I appreciate the people involved for removing the plaque from my father's statue and placing the statue in front of the Norris-Penrose Stadium.
So, the next time someone says or you read that Spencer Penrose died in 1939 and Julie Penrose died in 1956, remember that is an untruth and the people saying and writing those things have done it for money. They care not for truth or justice, they care only to feed the greed in their bottomless soul.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The True Story of the Broadmoor

The Broadmoor Hotel started out as a hotel and casino. Count James Pourtales owned the hotel and casino, he was an old family friend of the Penroses and the house in Philly was always open to him. My grandfather loved it when the Count stopped by. The Count also was a partner in the Commonwealth Mine in AZ. My Uncle Richard sold his shares of the mine to the Count and those shares made the Count a VERY wealthy man.

The old Broadmoor was purchased and a new one built, 1918 was the year it opened. There were 100 Colorado Springs citizens who were investors in The Grand Dame but I only know a few: Spencer Penrose, Charles M. MacNeill, Charles L. Tutt Jr., A.E. Carlton, B.H. Hopkins, Clarence Carpenter and E.P. Shove. Not all of them put in the same amount of money, the biggest investor was Spencer Penrose. One by one the investors died or sold their shares so by 1937 receivership of the hotel was sold, in 1942 Spencer Penrose had his foundation The El Pomar Foundation buy the Broadmoor. So the foundation owned 100% of the hotel.

By 1959 Spencer Penrose was planning on selling the hotel to the Gaylord's, Mr. Gaylord had always wanted to buy the hotel and my father was going to sell it. The plan was to sell the hotel and go to Africa (I don't know why Africa, I know my dad had friends there. I was going to be sent to a school in Europe and I was very excited about it). That plan never happened. So, in 1992 what my dad had planned for the hotel came to be, The Grand Dame was sold to the Gaylord's.

When she was built her capacity was 600, W.S. Dunning was her manager. It was operated on the American Plan (I have no idea what that means) and it had "a la carte" restaurant, the swimming pool's water passed through a violet ray machine to destroy bacteria. The Grand Dame was fireproof, you could play golf, hike or go horseback riding. To make a reservation, you had to write in.

The first time I walked into her lobby, my father said, "I built this." I always called the Grand Dame, the house my daddy built and worked in.

She is a beautiful hotel, she stretches her arms out to give a traveler rest and comfort. She feeds, clothes and cuddles a person as you would a newborn. For me, she has always had a life about her. When the Gaylord's bought her, they gave her much needed care, a facelift and put the crown back on her head. She looks a tad different but still beautiful and she will be here long after we are gone, still giving shelter, warmth and food.

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Silver Skates"

On June 11, 1928 a shooting star was born
On March 11, 2007 that star took its rightful place
in the heavens above us.
This is a tribute to my half sister Jeanne "Jinx" Clark.

The first time my father took me to see my sister, I
was three years old. She was practicing at the
Broadmoor Ice Palace. She was on the ice when we
arrived and I have never seen anyone so beautiful and graceful in all of my life.

She took me backstage and in front of a huge lighted
make up mirror we played as she put make up on me
We giggled and she cupped my little face in her hands
and said, "we are going to be best of Friends."

My father's plan was for me to go live with my half sister but it didn't work out that way. Before I could go live with her, a man tried to shoot my father and myself, because of this my father felt if I went to live with my sister, it would put her and her mother's life in danger, so I did not get to be with her.

My sister started skating when she was nine and she was a natural. She had no professional training but at the age of seventeen she had signed a contract with "Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Review". From the late 1940's thru to the late 1950's she was in the Ice Capades. In the early 1960's she performed in Florida. She was called the Silver Skates, people could not take their eyes off of her when she was on the ice. She and her skates were one and she was awesome!

By the late 1960's Jinx and her mom came back to Colorado Springs. They opened a tavern called "Jinx's Place". My sister was a very caring person and often helped the elderly in our community. She married, no one could remember how many times, some said 2, some said 4. I think it was 2 but that's just me. She never had any children.

By 1978, the people who stole our inhertiance started harassing my sister, using the gutless city council they closed down "Jinx's Place". It took them till 1990 to close it but they succeeded. My sister was heartbroken and moved to Lamar, Colo.
She was involved in this small community till her death.

You are forever in heart, Jinx!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Archimedes and Galileo

We took Sunday and Monday off because the six million dollar project that we have been working (really my husband was working) on was submitted on Saturday. It took six days a week, working 10 to 12 hours a day for 3 months. It was nice to be done because we didn't know if we would make the deadline which was March 16th. We breathed a sigh of relief and relaxed for two days.

So, this morning, the plan was to mark ups for another job and I was going to do more on my store, paperwork for the business and bills. That's not what happened.

We have two, 6 month old, mini doxies, both males. Archimedes is black and tan while Galileo is chocolate. Two months ago Archimedes swallowed a rock and had to have surgery to have it removed, it was very expensive. This morning, I looked out the window into the back yard to make sure "the boys" were okay while they played (we have a fox in the neighborhood and our dogs would be a yummy snack, so I check on them a lot when they are outside).

So I see Galileo rubbing at his face in a frantic manner and trying to cough up something. So, I freak, thinking he has swallowed a rock. When I get to him, he is choking, my husband and I put the dogs in the car and drive to the nearest vet emergency clinic (our vet is 30 minutes away).
We rush into Banfield pet hospital and I'm crying saying my dog is choking.

They take him right away, the Banfield clinic is great they help us emotionally and tell us everything will be ok. When the vet comes out 5 minutes later, she tells us Galileo has a stick stuck in the back of his mouth. He has to have surgery.

Three hours later, he is back home with a very sore mouth. I have to keep him off dry food and crunchie treats for three days (for this dog these two things are his life).

So, I will be off my blog for a few days. I have left posts on some of your blogs but my computer started acting up and wouldn't take posts on the others. So, please note I have tried and am not ignoring any of you.

Everyone take care!