Conversation Station

"...they own the property, they vote their way, they outvote us, but we're to blame because we sold them the property in the first place."Alden BettisMeet
Alden Bettis
Lifelong resident of the Mad
River Valley, who served with
distinction during World War II


Alden Bettis grew up in Vermont in the
days before the Rural Electrification Administration brought power to the hill
farms in Vermont. He's seen quite a few
changes in his lifetime—light bulbs,
the Model_T, skiing, and television.


To begin your conversation, choose a question below and push the button to begin.

click here!What is the most significant change you've seen in the Mad River Valley?

click here! How is it possible for someone not to know how lights worked?

click here! What is your earliest downhill ski memory?



Interview conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, for the friends of the Mad River.

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