Community Table

From Retired Hotel Jerome GM Tony DiLucia to Newspaper Editor Megan Tackett, Our Fantasy Guest List

Here’s whom we’d invite if we could entertain this season’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

By Cindy Hirschfeld Illustrations by David Wilson December 23, 2020 Published in the Winter/Spring 2020–21 issue of Aspen Sojourner


Tony Dilucia
The beloved general manager and most public face of the Hotel Jerome for more than three decades–other than a brief stint away in the late 2000s—hung up his spurs last summer for what we hope has been a welcome transition to “civilian” life.



 The Coronavirus
The unwanted guest at this—or any—table, whom we’d love to ghost, can’t be ignored right now, as it wreaks havoc among our restaurant community and other local businesses, not to mention our personal, physical, and mental well-being.



Megan Tackett
After taking the editorial helm at the Aspen Daily News last fall and reinvigorating its coverage, this 30-something journalist who earned her local reporting chops at the Sopris Sun has given us a reason to pick up the paper again every day. 



Karen Koenemann
After steering the community through the initial stages of the pandemic—among one of this year’s most demanding jobs—Pitkin County’s first-ever public health director resigned in December to work with a health foundation in her native Alaska.



Mike Monroney
Keeping us educated and entertained for 13 years as History Coach at the Aspen Historical Society—and before that, as a performer at the legendary Crystal Palace—this affable local is creating more of his own stories in retirement.




  David Baugh
Since being named Aspen School District superintendent last spring during the onset of Covid, the longtime administrator has had to navigate online and hybrid learning, teachers’ concerns, parent protests, and all of the other competing agendas the pandemic presents to public education.


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