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The Many Personalities of Park City

22 Jan
Tony Cucchiara, skier, historian, and amateur boxer, enjoying a perfect day at Park City

Tony Cucchiara, skier, historian, and amateur boxer, enjoying a perfect day at Park City

Chet Kaplan comes to Park City every year with his friend Tony Cucchiara

Chet Kaplan comes to Park City every year with his friend Tony Cucchiara

(Park City, Utah, January 22, 2013) Tony Cucchiara is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY. A recently retired professor at Brooklyn College, he is now teaching at Pratt University and writing a book on the history of his favorite New York borough, and how it became “cool.” He and his friend Chet Kaplan, who teaches music education at NYU, come to Road Scholar’s Park City program every winter, this year without their wives. When he’s not spending his time skiing or hiking outdoors, Tony is an amateur boxer.

Ann Lyons relaxes at the lodge after a fantastic day of skiing

Ann Lyons relaxes at the lodge after a fantastic day of skiing

Ann Lyons is a clinical social worker, now in private practice after a long career at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She is here with friends she trained in the field.  One of them, Nick Newcombe, now a social worker in Seattle, will tell you Ann taught him everything he knows. Ann is also an avid outdoors fan, and also hikes with Road Scholar. Like many participants here this week, she loves meeting like-minded people.

Jan Zinn is not only a ski instructor, she also leads our morning stretch classes

Jan Zinn is not only a ski instructor, she also leads our morning stretch classes

If yesterday was all about the lessons, today was about the people Gary and Sandy Nielsen bring together in a remarkable seasonal ski lodge – times when friends old and new come to Park City to ski and enjoy each other’s company without another care in the world. We get up, we stretch, then we venture out for a morning of pure fun under impossibly blue skies. And after lunch, we do it all again. I don’t remember such a carefree time with so many happy people.

Lynn Snyder and Jay Patchett enjoy a beautiful Park City afternoon

Lynn Snyder and Jay Patchett enjoy a beautiful Park City afternoon

Jay Patchett and Lynn Snyder, from Fairfax, VA, are here for several weeks this winter; starting next Sunday, friends of theirs will join them here. Retired educators, they’ve found a new interest in politics. In fact, Jay started this morning on the phone dealing with misbehavior among his state legislators – a story that was actually on the morning news. But it didn’t stop him from enjoying a day on the slopes.

This edition of the Mogul includes a new feature, courtesy of videographer Cameron Kirkpatrick. Click on the image below to see moving images of Road Scholars doing what they do best . And think about the fun you can have by joining them next winter.

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