Relative of Buffalo Bill lassoed by cowboy buff
CARBONDALE – Jackie Chandler has about nine covered wagons in her yard in Carbondale.Her husband, Michael Chandler, has turned his office into an Old West museum of sorts with all kinds of artifacts and paraphernalia. “Trust me, our house doesn’t look like that,” Jackie Chandler joked. Although a large native-American headdress did somehow find its way into the living room.The wagons were Michael’s doing, too. If some people have an inner child, Michael, who owns The Chandler Marketing Co., has an inner cowboy. But he might be best recognized around town by his “Git sum” radio commercials for the Factory Surplus store.His wife, Jackie, doesn’t have such a public persona.Jackie’s great-great-uncle was Buffalo Bill, however. Maybe that was part of the attraction that got them engaged at 19 after only dating for a few months, she joked.”He loves that,” she said. “He was more interested in it and researched everything.”Actually, his parents kind of pushed them into engagement and she was just too young to really know what she was doing. But she said it worked out really well anyway.
“I love that Mike has so many interests, and he’s passionate about everything he does,” she said.They have a son and a daughter who both have their own children. Jackie enjoys being a grandmother and spending time with family.She was spending a lot of time with her mom. But Dottie Fox passed away last year after battling cancer for five years. It’s been very difficult to adjust to.”Most of my time is spent with family, which is really the most important thing to me,” Jackie Chandler said.Fox was a well-known environmentalist in the area. She founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop with two other women in 1967. The organization is recognized for protecting the environment and has done things like designate wilderness areas. One accomplishment was doubling the size of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area.”It seems like everything you see around here that’s wilderness, they had a hand in designating it,” Chandler said.Fox was also a watercolorist. She taught at Colorado Mountain College. Chandler, her sister and a group of friends decided to get into it and convinced Fox to teach them their own private classes. She was a little hesitant.Since she knew them, “she was afraid she couldn’t tell us if we were no good,” Chandler said.Chandler retired from a 12-year teaching career more than a decade ago. Besides spending time with family, she’s been pursuing photography in addition to watercolors.
“I just take my camera with me everywhere I go and snap away.”She likes to paint watercolor scenes from photographs.”I’m just kind of doing what I want to do now,” she said. “If I find something that interests me, now I have the freedom to pursue it.”The couple went to the University of Colorado in Boulder together and graduated in 1970. They did a good amount of protesting of the Vietnam war, Jackie said. They moved to Aspen afterward to be close to family and fell in love with the area. They later moved to Carbondale, feeling like it suited their needs better starting a young family.There’s room for the covered wagons, too.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 email@example.com
Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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