Peter Shelton

An American Abroad, Part Zwei

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on June 20, 2013

I hadn’t been in Heilbronn a day when Mutti decided I had a fever and needed to “sweet” it out. “You sweet it out, Petey.” (more…)

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Part 3: When Do We Find Out If We Passed?

Posted in Road Trips West, Watch columns by pshelton on May 5, 2011

The final station, the last stop in the daylong draft physical, was the medical captain’s office. I want to say I was still in my underwear, but I can’t be sure. The memory is blurry. Surely, I think now, 41 years later, they would have allowed a potential recruit the dignity of his shirt and pants. (more…)

Part Two: A Rude Shock in Boise

Posted in Road Trips West, Watch columns by pshelton on April 28, 2011

The bus taking me to my draft physical in Boise rewound the last 150 miles of the route I had just driven from Berkeley. From Hailey, Idaho, where my P.O. box was, the old Greyhound rolled down the Big Wood River out of the mountains, through Shoshone and west along the Snake River to Boise. It was one more weird aspect, but not nearly the last, of my temporary “residence” in Idaho. (more…)

A Tale of Two Draft Boards

Posted in Road Trips West, Watch columns by pshelton on April 21, 2011

Last time I wrote about Sun Valley and its place in American ski history. But I didn’t tell the story in which Sun Valley saved my life. (Or at the very least prevented my children from being born Canadian.) (more…)

What Would Leonardo Think?

Posted in Ski evolution, Watch columns by pshelton on March 31, 2011

When the helicopter comes in to pick you up, it’s like a tornado arriving from across the snow. Or a mega-mutant, angry bee. (more…)