David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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Almost as soon as I moved here people began asking me if I am related to Greig Steiner.  In fact, we’re not related, but in order to be sure I met him for the first time the other morning.

For those of you who may have been elsewhere for the last 25 years, Greig Steiner owns the Courtyard and is a very successful painter and sculptor whose gallery is also in the Courtyard here in the village. I remembered that Greig had been an important part of the old Dark Horse Players way back in 1959 when they took over the old municipal pool behind the famous Dark Horse Bar.

Although his work with Dave Sterling and then on his own eclipsed his professional theater work, which included the Pasadena Playhouse, Greig has maintained his interest in theater work, including the Fine Arts Guild. At the moment he’s reading scripts for a production he’ll direct next fall.

We discovered that we do have some things in common. Both our families come from the midwest; his from Nebraska, mine from Iowa. We have both been in the military, and we share an interest in theater, and in particular in community theater. Because I don’t know much about the history of community theater in Estes Park, I listened with interest as Greig outlined the familiar pattern of money problems and the problems with various theaters over the years; the frustrations that are a common part of most fledgling community theaters and many well established ones.

As I left the gallery it occurred to me that I have never had this problem before. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and although there were many other Steiners, nobody ever asked me if I was related to them. I went to school with Ann Steiner (which happens to be Greig’s wife’s name—no relation) and her father was a well known Portland ophthalmologist, but I don’t think anyone ever asked if we were related. That may have had something to do with the fact that she was very good looking.

In a small town though, whenever someone moves in with a name like Hix, for instance, they are bound to be asked if they’re related to the well known Hix family of Estes Park. So I have the answer ready when I am introduced to people and I see them furrow their brows and form the question.  About half the time I beat them to the punch and let them know that, no, Greig and I aren’t related.  Now that I’ve met Greig, it’s even easier.

He’s the thin, good looking, famous one. I’m the other one.




© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

Allenspark Wind Columns:


Why Allenspark?

Going Riding [August, 1985]


Used Cars

Peace and Quiet [1986]

Liberals & Conservatives

Going to the Movies

The Screened Porch

The Beginning of The Season

The Weather

The Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The End of The Season

The Gift of Time

The Beavers

Addresses [1987]


Watching the Trees Grow

Postal Rates

Changes in Estes Park

Square Dancing at the Pow Wow

Back to the Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The Solstices

Bird Feeders


The Estes Park Hardware Store [1988]


Limousine Service

A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird


A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

Wild Life

Riparian Rights [1989]




Mountain Friendliness

A Motorcycle Trip

Satellite Television

“Weaving Mountain Memories”

Hotel Rates in the Old Days

The Price of Propane [1990]

The Front Range Almanac


Modes of Transportation

Miller Moths

My 50th Column

Modern Conveniences

Rock Climbing

On the Death of Otto Walter, Postmaster

Otto’s Memorial Service

A Big Owl Pot-Luck Dinner

A Whine About Telephone Service [1991]

After the Persian Gulf War

Some Changes in the WIND

The Trip to the Mountains

The Mountains in the Summer


Of Dogs, Music, and Children

Muhlenburg County

To My Grandson

The Sale of Longs Peak Inn

World War II  [1992]

Murphy’s Law and the Computer

The South St. Vrain Canyon


The Hazards of Volunteering

Crime in Our Valley


On the Death of Charles Eagle Plume

Can We All Get Along?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lost Horizon [1993]


Rumors About a Visit by the Pope


More About Fences


The Visit of Pope John Paul II

Forest Fires

The New Sewage System

The Snow Pool

The Good Old Days [1994]

The WIND’s 20th Anniversary

The Bunce School

The Shooting Gallery

The Estes Park Museum

Our Government

U.S. West Takes a Hit

The Year of the Hummingbirds

A New “Yield” Sign

Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

Devolutionizing Big Government



Fort D.A. Russell

Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke


The Estes Park Trail-Gazette Columns:

July 1983


Estes Cone

Johnny Grant

Observations in Estes Park

The Bath House


The Sutherland’s Ice House

How Old is Charles Eagle Plume?


Christmas Trees

Tree Murder

Mountain Driving


Mail Boxes

More About Mail Boxes

“Are you related to ....?”


An Accident

The Wild Cat

A July Reunion

A Visit to Baldpate Inn

Opening Cabins


The Times, They Have Changed

Death and Transfiguration

The Population Explosion

The March of Time

Faith-Based Social Services

Looking for Pitch

Recent Writings I

Recent Writings II

Recent Writings III

Recent Writings IV

Recent Writings V

Recent Writings VI



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