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May 2012

A Man Who Made the West Wild

Songwriter Irving Berlin


Published Locally Since 1980 Vol. 32, No. 6

Online at www.theseniorvoice.net PUBLICATION INFORMATION The Senior Voice has been published the first of each month since 1980 for residents age 50+ in Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and nearby towns. ADVERTISING Ad deadline is 20th of month. For rates, call 970-229-9204; email wolf@theseniorvoice.net or see www.theseniorvoice.net Wolfgang Lambdin Advertising Director Fort Collins, Colorado (970) 229-9204 wolf@theseniorvoice.net SALES OFFICES: Fort Collins & Loveland (970) 229-9204 Greeley (970) 223-9271 EDITORIAL DEADLINE: Announcements and stories must be received by the 10th of the month; ads by the 20th of the month. READER INFORMATION: Subscriptions $48 a year. The Senior Voice welcomes readers’ letters and contributions. The Senior Voice assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost material submitted by readers. © Copyright 2012 The Senior Voice EDITORIAL OFFICE: (970) 223-9271 email: thevoice@frii.com www.theseniorvoice.net Design Production by Ellen Bryant Design ellen@ellenbryantdesign.com. A+ Rating

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Making the West By Bill Lambdin

They called him Lord Ogilvy, though he really wasn’t a lord. Some who knew him said, “He made champagne pour around him like a river.”

The rambunctious antics of Lyulph Ogilvy were a source of amusement to many pioneers in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Born in London as the son of a wealthy aristocrat, Ogilvy came to Colorado in 1879 to run a cattle ranch near Greeley with money from his father. He was a wild young man in the Wild West, and he spent much of his time drinking and raising hell.

Some said that, after a drinking bout with friends, Ogilvy drove a team and buggy into the lobby of the posh Windsor Hotel in Denver. On another occasion, they said he turned loose a pack of large rats in the Windsor lobby, then unleashed several hunting dogs to catch them. Refined guests at the Windsor never forgot

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the wagon lay in splinters around a shattered pole. The visitor, his arm broken, was no longer critical of the speed of Western horses.”

Others said that, one night after carousing in Denver, Ogilvy jumped on a steam roller and drove it down a road. Along the way, he tore out fences, knocked railings off of bridges, and made a mess of the road, which had to be closed for repairs. Upon being told of the damage, Ogilvy reportedly observed, “The road needed fixing anyway.” Another early resident said Ogilvy’s finest hour came at his own funeral. Friends received notice of his death and showed up to pay their respects.

They filed by a flower-covered casket in which Ogilvy lay, still and pale. Later the funeral procession wound through the streets of Denver, solemn and slow. Suddenly the casket lid opened and a hand raised up holding a bottle of scotch. It was Ogilvy, toasting his own funeral and the

When the dust settled, the wagon lay in splinters. the pandemonium of that night.

Ogilvy didn’t take kindly to some of his British friends who criticized the American frontier. When he and a fellow Britisher were riding home one night, his friend said British horses were faster than American horses. Ogilvy jumped up on the buggy seat and lashed his team to full speed. As usual, he had been drinking and he lost control of the horses. A writer who recalled the incident said, “When the dust settled,

gullibility of his friends.

He crawled out of the casket, jumped to the ground and staggered along with the procession to the cemetery. There a keg of scotch was lifted from an open grave, and the celebration began in earnest. It was antics like those that endeared Ogilvy to people and made him a widely recognized character. Some of the stories told about him were undoubtedly exaggerated, but he was capable of living up to his reputation.

Lord Ogilvy when older— and tamer. Hazel Johnson Collection.

Unfortunately, the cattle market collapsed in the late 1800s, and Ogilvy lost his ranch. Some said that, when he was nearly age 50, he was reduced to working for $1.50 a day as a night watchman.

But his luck had not run out. Denver Post newspaper owner Harry Tammen remembered him from years earlier when the good times rolled at the Windsor Hotel. Tammen hired Ogilvy and made him an agricultural editor for the Post. It was a fortunate turn of events. He lived the latter part of his life with much less fanfare than the first. But he had great memories of being a young man who helped make the West wild. ________________

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Family Health Guide Mammograms A Harvard researcher’s study says about 25% of mammograms lead to unnecessary treatment of cancers that would never be lethal, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Women “need to be comprehensively informed about the risk for over-diagnosis,” said Dr. Mette Kalager. Other researchers do not agree with Kalager. In fact there is considerable disagreement about mammography. Heart Attacks Patients who get a mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium from paramedics are much less likely to die, said a report from Tufts University researchers. “More people die of heart attacks outside the hospital than inside the hospital,” said Dr. Harry Selker. Trained paramedics can administer the treatment before patients get to the hospital. Sleep Apnea A new treatment called Provent uses two small nose plugs that create

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air pressure and is much handier than the CPAP device. But Provent does not work for some people, said Dr. Joseh Golish at the Cleveland Clinic. It’s also expensive, $65 to $80 for a month’s supply of the plugs. If they work, they’re handy for vacations and trips. Breast Cancer Treatment Many doctors give radiation to women over age 70 who have early-stage invasive breast cancer. But they should not, said a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Experts agreed several years ago that radiation for those women has no effect on survival rates. It’s “excessive” treatment and should not be used, said Dr. Cary Gross at Yale University. Male Impotence Sexual problems might be caused by drugs used to treat baldness and an enlarged prostate, said the FDA. Propecia for baldness and Proscar for an enlarged prostate both contain finasteride, which researchers say might cause “libido disorders,

ejaculation disorders, and orgasm disorders.” Prostate Cancer A family history of it makes a man much more likely to have it, said a report in the National Academy of Sciences. FDA Approval Standards They’re too lax for medical devices like lap bands used for weight loss surgery, say researchers at Consumer Reports, the Institute of Medicine, and elsewhere. For instance, the FDA approved a lap band based on a study of only 299 people, 25% of whom had the bands removed before the end of the test because of complications or poor results. Researchers expressed similar concerns about FDA approvals of metal hips. Psoriasis Newer drugs for it don’t work any better than older treatments such as methotrexate, said a report in the Archives of Dermatology. About 1.4 million Americans have psoriasis (itchy, scaly, red patches of skin);

and it’s hard to treat, said University of Pennsylvania researchers. Some new treatments cost over $10,000 a year, much more than a few thousand for methotrexate. Alzheimer’s Disease It’s often mis-diagnosed. Possibly half of the patients diagnosed with it have some other form of dementia instead of Alzheimer’s, said a report from the American Academy of Neurology. Infant Deaths Experts say the most common causes between 28 days and 12 months old include putting the baby on its stomach; bedding that’s too soft; sharing a bed; second-hand smoke exposure; blankets that can cover the face; and overheating.


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Pingree Park, 55 miles west of Fort Collins near Poudre Canyon, was named for a rugged mountain man, George Pingree. So was the road from Rustic to Red Feather Lakes over Pingree Hill, a road he built. He was born in 1832 in Maine where his family was one of the

He was an unusually strong man. biggest land owners in America. For some reason, George left home early and ended up in Colorado in the 1860s. He built a cabin near the South Fork of the Poudre River. Much timber was available in the area, and Pingree got a contract with the transcontinental railroad in

Wyoming to provide railroad ties.

In 1867 he hired about 30 tie hacks. Some of them could cut 40 ties a day and were paid 10 cents for each tie. Historians said Pingree, an unusually strong man, could cut nearly 100 ties a day. The ties were floated down the Poudre River to LaPorte and taken by wagons to Tie Siding south of Laramie, Wyoming. Pingree married twice and outlived both wives. In later years, he moved to Platteville near Greeley where for some time he lived in a tent. He died at age 89 in 1921, apparently never benefiting from the wealth his New England family had. In the 1880s, a forest fire burned what is now called the Pingree Park region. It burned all summer and wasn’t extinguished until snow came that winter.

Years later Colorado State University acquired the property and established a mountain campus there. It’s still named for the rugged pioneer. ■


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A recent panel of health care providers and insurers predicted we will see a shortage of doctors and other changes that will mean we will not have the easy access to healthcare we now have. People will also get a lot less hospital care; instead we will get outpatient care. Fewer employers will offer healthcare coverage to workers. In some cases, people will feel healthcare is being rationed and that the government has become an HMO through limitations placed on providers. Those were points made by University of Colorado Health CEO Rulon Stacy; Columbine Health Systems Director Yvonne Myers; Associates in Family Medicine Director Dr. Jim Sprowell; and others during a Healthcare Summit sponsored by the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 health professionals

Most of the speakers believe the future does not look rosy for

Rulon Stacy, CEO of University of Colorado Health. and business leaders heard Stacy say we can expect major changes in our healthcare system. Medicare has to change or it will break the federal budget, he said. The nation “will have to decide if we can afford to spend $1 million to keep a 95-year-old person alive for two weeks.” Government cuts and policies may force some providers to ra-

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Some speakers, however, said it is time Americans were forced to face the realities of our healthcare system, which is far too expensive and cannot be maintained as it is. ■

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The Origin of Loveland By Bill Lambdin Mariana Medena, the first permanent settler in Loveland, was an enterprising man who built a toll bridge across the Big Thompson River. He charged one dollar per wagon for early travelers to use his bridge. They paid it gladly because in those days it was a long trip to find a crossing on the river.

It was about 1858 when Medena made a squatter’s claim in what later became the town of Loveland. Previously he had been a scout and trapper, claiming Taos, New Mexico, as his original home.

He traded several horses for an Indian woman he called “John” for some reason, and obtained a bill of sale to prove that he “owned” her as a wife. Later, when a Catholic priest was in the

area, he married her in a traditional manner.

They had four children, three of whom died fairly young. Their son, Antonio, grew to manhood but became a wild fellow and died in a fight about 1888. After Medena, one of the earliest Loveland settlers was William B. Osborn, who arrived in 1860. His grandson, Clarence Osborn, recalled the time his grandfather was visited by a friend from the East, Schuyler Colfax, who became U.S. Secretary of the Interior: “My grandfather loaded his family on a wagon drawn by oxen. When within half a mile of the station, my grandmother’s pride got the best of her. She did not want her old neighbor to see her riding behind an ox team. So my grandfather turned the oxen loose and they walked the rest of the way.”

Osborn’s grandson also remembered one of the first businesses in Loveland:

“A man by the name of Andrew Douty built a flour mill on the Big Thompson using water for power. He sent east for flour sacks (but) when he received them, he was very much disappointed to find they were stenciled ‘St. Louis Flour.’ “The first load of flour he hauled to Central City sold like hot cakes after the miners saw the name on the sacks. So Douty decided to continue the use of the name ‘St. Louis.’”

That was the beginning of the little Colorado town called St. Louis, the forerunner of Loveland. The settlement’s name was changed to honor railroad builder William Loveland, who extended his Colorado Central Railroad to the town in 1877. ■

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At that point, participants have to pay their own drug costs until they have spent $3,607. Then they are out of the doughnut hole, and Medicare begins paying about 95 percent of their drug costs. A new law in effect this year diminishes the burden of the doughnut hole somewhat by giving Medicare participants who reach it a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs and a seven percent discount on generic drugs. The doughnut hole is scheduled to disappear by 2020, according to current law. Then participants will pay 25 percent of their drug costs.

Higher-income participants pay more for both Part D and

Some analysts say the higher premiums for upper-income participants might encourage them to drop Medicare and buy private insurance. That in turn could leave Medicare with sicker participants because high-income people tend to be younger and healthier. If that happened, Medicare premiums would have to increase faster to cover higher costs of sicker patients. “Where is that line where it becomes too much, and then you have a twotiered system?” said AARP official Nora Super. Currently 1.7 million Medicare participants (about 5 percent) pay the higher premiums, say government officials. ■

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Irving Berlin By Gwen Gibson

For years Irving Berlin’s daughter, Mary Ellin Barrett, was asked the same question about her famous father: Was he a good father? Mary would answer yes. But out of respect for her father, a very private man, she did not elaborate in print until after Berlin’s death in 1989 at age 101. Later she wrote a book, “Irving Berlin: A Daughter’s Memoir,” and brought to life the golden eras of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood when Berlin was writing songs like “Blue Skies,” “White Christmas,” “Always,” and many others. More intriguing was the way her book opened the curtain on the romance and 62-year marriage

of Berlin, the son of impoverished Russian Jewish immigrants, and Ellin Mackay, the beautiful, wealthy, socialite daughter of an Irish-American Catholic family.

“Their love story was Abie’s Irish Rose in diamonds and waltz time,” said Barrett. “My father wanted the utmost publicity for his shows, but he was a very private man.” Berlin worked at home at odd hours on a unique brown upright transposing piano equipped with a knob that moved the keyboard. Thus the great songwriter, who only played in the key of F-sharp, could hear his songs “in C or G or E-flat or whatever key was right for a particular song.” Berlin emerged as a loving

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and very strict father who was often away but who was such a presence at home that “he made a bridge over these stretches of time.” Barrett painted her mother as a devoted wife and successful novelist who handled the children’s religious training in a mixed marriage with the utmost diplomacy.

the fighting in Italy, England and the South Pacific.

Berlin made his final public appearance at age 85 when he sang “God Bless America” for returning Vietnam POWs at Richard Nixon’s White House.

But Barrett relished the memory of her father on a glittering night in 1942 when “This Is the

Irving Berlin made his final public appearance when he sang “God Bless America” for returning Vietnam POWs at the White House.

Barrett also included memories of the celebrities who were family friends: Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Harpo Marx, Gary Cooper, Shirley Temple, and dozens more.

Berlin suffered a nervous breakdown in the mid-1950s, and Barrett believed his illness was triggered by his World War II experiences when he took his Broadway show “This Is the Army” to soldiers at the edge of

Army” opened on Broadway. Barrett, then 15, attended with her family.

“I knew the man I called ‘Daddy’ was a world-famous songwriter,” she said. “But that night I saw fame and something more. I saw and felt love for this man, my father, for what he had done... for what he had given people his whole life, as a songwriter and as an American.” ■


Estate Planning Q:

By Ron Rutz, Attorney - Legal Correspondent

Because our net worth is well under $5 million we are being castigated by our financial advisor to cancel our tax documents.

A:

You need to wait at least eight months before deciding. The federal tax exemption is currently at $5 million, but it will end on December 31.

Unsuccessful attempts have been made to lower it to $3.5 million or possibly $2.5 million. If Congress does not compromise before the end of the year, the level will fall to $1 million. So it is premature to change documents until we learn where the new tax exemption will come to rest. In the meantime, remember that a trust, if properly set up, can end and the assets can be returned to the surviving spouse.

  But note that the tax trust can also serve as an asset protection or Medicaid trust. Several of my clients whose estates are below $1 million intend to keep their tax documents even though there is no tax exposure.

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Attorney Ron Rutz will answer questions sent to 2625 Redwing Road, Suite 180, Ft. Collins, CO 80526; phone 223.8388; email rutz@ronaldrutz.com. ■

Social Security By Lauren Eitel Greeley Social Security Office

Women need to know what Social Security means to them in particular circumstances.

One of the most significant things is the importance of promptly reporting a name change. If you haven’t told us of a name change, your earnings may not be recorded properly, and you may not receive all the Social Security benefits you are due.  Not changing your name with Social Security also can delay your federal income tax refund. To report a name change, fill out an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). You must show us a recently issued document as proof of your legal name change. When women start receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, other family members may be eligible for pay-

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Daredevils in My Family by Margaret Laybourn In Casper, Wyoming, in 1932, Western Union delivered their short messages by telephone. My mother received a call one morning. The operator said, “We have a message for you. It reads, ‘Arrive on 2 pm plane, love, Mom.’” My mother replied, “There is no 2 pm train.” The operator answered, “I said PLANE.” Mother dropped the phone in shock. At that time in Casper, there was air-mail but no passenger service, and my mother was in total disbelief. Why, she wondered, would my grandmother, a 55-year-old widow living in California, be arriving in Casper by air, and why had she not been informed before?

The answer was simple. Nana, as my sister and I called our grandmother, had a streak of pioneer spirit in her and had been seduced by the romance of flight. She kept her trip a secret because she did not want to be dissuaded by her daughters. Air mail service had begun in 1920 and Cheyenne was on the transcontinental route from San Francisco to New York. The service was speedy but irregular, like the pony express route of the previous century. It was yet several years before TWA obtained a fleet of DD 3’s to fly their mountain routes, and Nana flew in a single-engine transport plane that carried 12 passengers.

A plane similar to the one mentioned in this story. At the Cheyenne airport, she was transferred to a smaller plane that carried only her, the pilot and the mail. My mother’s sister, Josephine, who shared her mother’s spirit of daring-do, was living at a sheep camp in the country when she got word of the arrival by air. Since her husband was out with the sheep and couldn’t be reached,

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and time was of the essence, Josephine decided to drive herself to Casper—in spite of the fact that she had never driven before. Family folklore has it that she thought, “If Mom can fly in a plane, I sure as heck can drive a car.” Leaving a note for her husband and little girl who was at school, Josephine dressed her four-yearold son, Jack, cranked up the old Model T truck and took off for Casper. Years later, Jack loved to tell the story of his mother careening down

the country road while he hung on for dear life. When they came up behind another car on the two-track trail, Josephine honked the horn frantically. But the other driver wouldn’t budge.

She gripped the wheel, cautioned Jack to hold on, put the pedal to the metal and swung down into the barrow pit. She got back up onto the road, around the car and passed the slow poke. Her recklessness was tough on the tires, and a few miles further down the road she had a blow-out. The pokey driver caught up with Josephine and her crying little boy. He stopped, changed the tire for her and told her she was a “plucky girl” to drive when she didn’t know how.

Meanwhile, parked along the landing strip at Casper, my mother, father, sister and I were scanning the sky for the first speck that would be an airplane.

Before the plane came into view, a Model T truck came bouncing down the tarmac and screeched to a stop next to us. Josephine had arrived in time to see the tiny plane taxi up to the terminal. After the propeller stopped spinning, two canvas bags of mail were thrown out the door.

Then, looking as though she had just stepped out of a band box, my darling, daring grandmother descended from the plane wearing her pearls and a jaunty hat, with a smile of supreme satisfaction on her face. ■


Cancer Society Relay By Joan Flory

The annual fundraiser and survivor/caregiver celebration of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, will be June 2-3 at the Fort Collins High School track.  Most activities will take place 4 to 9:30 pm on the 2nd.  The relay continues overnight.

The event raises funds that help the American Cancer Society achieve its goal of less cancer.  It is also a time of celebration for survivors, caregivers, and remembrance.

The public is encouraged to participate by joining a team, volunteering, or by joining in the walk. Please call 223.7259 or see www.fortcollinsrelay.org. ■

Medical Advocate By Sam W. Downing, M.D. Greetings, fellow seniors. After retiring from the practice of medicine and surgery eight years go, I have been actively involved with being a medical advocate for former patients, friends, family and others who have had problems with understanding medical test results , diagnostic medical terms, medication instructions or details of some impending surgical procedure. I think almost all of us would like to clearly know how procedures will be done or how long it

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A New Singing Group

The Larimer Chorale begins a new Singing for Seniors program this month, said Executive Director Wendy D. White. It will be a city-wide choir open to all who enjoy singing and socializing. Program sponsors include AARP and the Quick Foundation. “We also have cooperation from Volunteers of America, activity directors from local independent living residences, and a number of churches,” said White.

The only requirement for joining the group is a desire to sing. No prior singing experience or ability to read music is required. The group will meet each Tuesday morning beginning May 15, from 10 to 11 am, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 916 West Prospect. Membership will be limited to 100 people. For information, call 416.9348 or see larimerchorale@ gmail.com. ■

some pills and said I should take them the rest of my life. But there are no refills.” “A friend complimented me on my new alligator shoes, and I was barefoot. “I watched a sexy woman walk through my neighborhood, and my pacemaker opened every garage door on the street. “I’m half blind, can’t hear, and am subject to frequent blackouts. Thank goodness I still have my driver’s license.” A blonde was speeding down the highway and knitting while she drove. A patrolman pulled in behind her, flashed his lights and ran his siren; but she paid no attention. He drove alongside her, turned on his bullhorn, and yelled, “Pull over!” She yelled back, “No, it’s a scarf.” A man went to a doctor for a

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6 Events and Announcements 6 FORT COLLINS The Alpha-I Fund Raiser used book sale will be held May 26, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. For information, contact Glen Perkins, gaperkins1@msn.com. The Pioneer Association spring luncheon will be held May 19, 11:45 am, at the Drake Park Restaurant, 802 West Drake. Wayne Sundberg will discuss the history of the Fort Collins railway system. Call 226.4984. The summer literacy program needs volunteers to help children maintain academic skills during summer vacation. Call Carrie Olenick at 472-9630 or email voarsvp@frii.com. Lincoln Center: “Tales from the Arabian Nights,” by Debut Theatre, May 4-6 and May 1112. Centennial Children’s Chorus, May 5. John McCutcheon, singersong writer, May 6. Foothills Pops Band, Season Finale, May 6. Fort Collins Symphony, “Russian Mas-

terpieces,” May 19-20. Opera Fort Collins, “The Barber of Seville,” June 1. Call 221.6730. CSU Music: Chamber music from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” May 8. CSU Theater: YPO Theatre: “Stone Cold Dead Serious,” May 4-6. Kids Summer Theatre Program, begins June 4. GREELEY The Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association in Weld and Larimer counties has a new program called Private Care Services to help people maintain independence and live at home. It includes numerous services. Call June Jerger at 330.5655 or email junejerger@rvna.info. Senior Resource Services needs volunteers to help provide free transportation, respite care, and other services to mature residents and their families. Call Bryndi Peif at 352.9348 or email staff@seniorresourceco.com. See www.seniorresourceservices.info.

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Rocky Mountain Health Plans now offers members mobile access to their personal health plan benefits and to the entire list of Rocky Mountain providers, said company executive Kayla Arnesen. Using a smart phone or tablet, members can access their medical benefits and search for a network doctor, urgent care clinic, emergency room, and pharmacy. The information is provided through the Rocky Mountain Health Plans secure Member portal: access|RMHP. Members can check their own personalized benefit information such as co-pays for office visits, preventive care, and urgent and emergency room care. Rocky Mountain Health Plans is a Colorado owned not-forprofit company that has provided health insurance for over 35 years— including policies for Medicare participants, employers, individuals, and others. ■

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