Brian Wheeler is an idea man, a list-guy and also a person of details and action. He has no qualms about offering his opinion or being the outlying vote in the boards on which he serves. Former Big Sky County Water and Sewer district president Paul “Packy” Cronin describes him as the real McCoy – as genuine as a person can be.
Not So Average Joe
Not many people can claim they once landed a plane on Highway 191, took out some power lines and narrowly dodged an r.v. – but Ken Morton can. He only slightly missed longtime local Woody the Woodlord before coming to a halt across the road from the 320 Ranch.
Paul “Packy” Cronin, likely the longest tenured member of any board in Big Sky history recently steppeddown as Big Sky County Water and Sewer district board president. After 19 years serving on the board and 20 years of living in Big Sky, he’s been no stranger to controversy.
Good natured ribbing and good food – these function as a part of the foundation of any solid fire department. That kind of camaraderie coupled with integrity and professionalism is necessary when the firefighters respond to emergencies and need to function as a team. The sporadic intensity of the job demands a strong brotherhood, a family.
Dan Maroney represents the Montana mindset to the nth degree – deals sealed with a handshake, respect and appreciation for the outdoor world, a love of family and a deep belief in the importance of self sufficiency.
Quick click connections come as second nature to Vito Valentinetti. Conversation from his apartment in Spain is sprinkled with humor and self-deprecating jokes. He regularly travels throughout Europe, but says he is terrible at most languages – enough to get by. He claims that Scandinavians speak english better than he does.
Stephen Max seamlessly transitions from helping customers at Big Sky Print & Ship to speaking of scientific theories, discussing Albert Einstein’s, Noam Chomsky’s and Alan Turing’s contributions to science – and the world in general. Some customers were so pleased with his work and demeanor they tried to buy him lunch last week.
From growing-up surfing on Virginia Beach, to playing professional soccer in Australia, to working on a massive cattle ranch, Zach Hinte believes life is best lived with experiences and authenticity. After heeding advice from a friend and settling in the area, he has become a living, breathing ode to the Old West.
Two years ago in July, Scott Barlow was hit by a drunk driver in Four Corners. The accident totalled his jeep, broke eight bones, including his C-5 in his neck and punctured his lung.
Longtime Big Sky local Ted McClanahan is so soft-spoken and polite he rarely gets to finish a story. I was floored and honored when he asked if we might be able to tell the tale of his father’s sailing adventure in the South Pacific.