Glenwood Springs retiree takes life by the horns
Retiree Harv Telinde doesn’t compete on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.But he does like to watch and talk about the sport.”I started riding bulls in graduate school at Purdue University,” said Telinde, who taught math and science at Colorado Mountain College for 20 years and established CMC’s Rodeo Club. “I rode bulls in Indiana for several years with a gal who was a barrel racer.”Telinde, who officiated football and basketball games in Glenwood for 15 years, fondly recalled his bull-riding days.”I never did get hurt, but I got stepped on,” he said. “I love horses, and I like good bulls – if you can find them. I like ones that can buck.”
Born in Monte Vista, Colo., in 1939, Telinde developed a love for riding bulls and raising race horses while growing up on a farm in Lamar.”The rodeo was part of life – the fact is, that’s what a lot of people did on ranches,” said Telinde, whose two sons rode bare-back broncos while growing up in the valley. “Of course, we had a farm. We had goats and chickens, and my grandpa had pigs, but I didn’t like them. My mother’s dad was a huge potato farmer, and my dad had a lot of oats and barley he had to raise.”Telinde remembered life on the farm during World War II when air-raid sirens were standard.”I’ll never forget World War II. We had a little oil stove in the dining room and air-raid warnings would go off,” said Telinde, who had a brother who died at 4 years old and a sister. “We had to turn off all the lights until the air-raid sirens would turn off.”After graduating from a small high school in Lamar with about 98 students, Telinde attended Adams State College in Alamosa. He double-majored in science and math, and later came close to serving in the military.
“I was drafted but they wouldn’t take me. My eyes are what did it – I had glasses in the fifth grade,” he said. “I had a very good friend, a neighbor boy, who was killed in the Korean War. He was four years younger than me.”Telinde was offered a full-ride scholarship to attend graduate school at Purdue, where he later developed a self-paced individual learning process for students.”I taught science and math there – mostly science,” he saidAs CMC was being established, Telinde was recruited to incorporate his self-paced learning process into the curriculum. He eventually became head of CMC’s Math and Science Department before working at Mountain Valley Developmental Services for nearly five years.Today, Telinde enjoys traveling with his wife and friends to Las Vegas, spending his mornings at the Hot Springs Pool Athletic Club and helping with local access television during the high school football season. He also likes his afternoon ritual of solving crossword puzzles and picking up his grandson from kindergarten.
“Everything I’ve done, I’ve really enjoyed,” he said. “I’ve loved every minute of it.”Telinde even has time to work a little rodeo into his retirement schedule.”I like to watch PBR – the bulls now are impossible to ride,” he said. “And we go to the rodeo in Carbondale and Colorado Springs. I get really excited … it takes me back to the old times.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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