I am loathe to single out any individual, with two exceptions: one is Hans Burkhart
and the other is my wife, Nan."
...Hans Burkhart came to Squaw Valley in 1961.
Cushing needed someone to oversee construction and maintenance of the first gondola, and when asked for advice, the manufacturer pointed up the hill to Burkhart
, who was hanging upside down over a cliff with a drill in his hand.
Cushing and Burkhart
both stand well over six feet tall, speak with distinguished accents and enter a room with intention and authority.