||Olympic Torch Bearers Rampton, Gallivan, Jack, Welch To Receive Ski Archives Honors Inspiration. . . It can come any time from any place - ne- cessity, exhaustive planning and thought, di- vine intervention, chance, luck, a dream. Salt Lake City's 30-year quest to host the Winter Olympic Games was inspired by Jack Daniels, Black Label. "The Olympic idea came one wintery night in Cal Rampton's basement," recalls John W. (Jack) Gallivan, then-publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune. "Max Rich and I and Cal - and Jack Daniels -were waxing on how we ought to go after the Olympic Games. We weren't all that convinced we could really host them. . . we were more interested in drawing attention and publicity for our ski industry. "Obviously our inspiration was on target. When we first talked about the Olympics in 1965, Park City Ski Area was just being built and Snowbird was still a dream. Our ski in- dustry has come a long way since - a lot of it due to the attention drawn to it by the Olympic chase," says Gallivan, now publish- er emeritus of The Tribune. Following that fateful - and fanciful - meeting, Gov. Rampton named a committee of community leaders to spearhead the drive to- ward hosting the 1972 Winter Games. Along with Gallivan and Rich (former Utah National Guard adjutant general and later executive vice president and secretary of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce who died in 1979), the committee consisted of: The late Gene Donovan, president of Prudential Federal Savings & Loan Assn.; the late F.C. Koziol, former supervisor of the Wasatch National Forest; M. Walker Wallace, president, Downtown Planning Assn.; H. Deveraux Jennings, publicity director, Ski Utah Associates, and Glenn W. Adams, an Ogden attorney. Now, some 30 years - and four failed Olympic bids-later, Salt Lake City is the fa- vorite in the international race to host the 2002 Winter Games. To commemorate those Olympic forays, four major players in the quest will be honored by the Marriott Library's Ski Archives Program during its annual Ski Affair, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in down- town Salt Lake City. The honorees will be: - Gov. Calvin L. Rampton, the only Utah chief executive to be elected to three con- secutive terms (1964- 1976), now with the Salt Lake law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook and McDonough. "I want to inform the people of Utah that inviting the Olympic Games to Utah is not a state task - it is a community task," he said in February 1965 in announcing the first attempt at hosting the Games. "I assure a close look at the unique juxtaposition of our mountain resorts to our cities will reassure the world that Utah already has a head start on fa- cilities. The enthusiasm and character of the people of Utah will show the world that Utah has the spirit necessary to make the Olympic Games feel at home here," he enthused. - John W. (Jack) Gallivan, who was publisher of The Tribune when the first Olympic effort was organized. He used the newspaper to heavily promote the Olympic bid efforts, including touting the zany OUI (Olympics for Utah, Inc.) buttons which sold for $1 and meant "yes" in French. A native of Park City and one-time water bojr for min- ers in Park City's storied silver mines, he and the newspaper were often in the forefront of many pro-development efforts including building of the Salt Palace, airport expansion, urban renewal and liquor-by-the-drink. The quintessential promoter and dreamer, he says, "Who knows, we might make Salt Lake the permanent site for all Winter Olympic Games." -James R. (Bud) Jack, who was athlet- ic director at the University of Utah from 1958 to 1976 and who served on the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1965 to 1981. His countless duties with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Western Athletic Conference, the NCAA, and the World University Games brought extensive national and international exposure to Utah. He was Chairman of Transportation for the 1972 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan, and Innsbruck, Austria, re- spectively; co-chairman of Games Preparation for the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Chief of Mission for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow when President Jimmy Carter withdrew the U.S. teams. - Tom Welch, president of the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee in its efforts to host the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games. His leadership has taken Salt Lake City the furthest on the road to the Olympics primari- ly by making good on promises to the Bud Jack Olympic family and by showing results not just plans. "Before (in the 1991 pitch for the 1998 Games) we were working with plans," he says. "Now (in the June 1995 presentation for the 2002 Winter Games) we're working with reality. This is the first time ever a city of one million people has presented the Olympic movement with all its infrastructure and investments done in advance. We're 90 percent ready to stage the Games right now," he says. The volunteer Olympic team leader quit his job in 1989 as a corporate counsel for Smith's Food King, the New York Stock Exchange-listed supermarket chain, to take the full-time task of spearheading the city's two latest Olympic efforts. When asked why he's making such a sacrifice, he said, "Because it is a unique opportunity to work on a dream." These four Utah Olympic torch bearers were selected for the pioneering spirit, lead- ership, foresight and determination they have afforded Utah's ski industry, says the Archives' honors selection committee. Obviously, there are many well-deserving in- dividuals who were - and are - involved in the city's Olympic efforts, but these four were - and are -the primary catalysts. None has been honored before by the library. Salt Lake City's Olympic odyssey is fraught with agony and ecstacy, but today the city finds itself on the forefront of its greatest triumph, the result of the never-say-never pi- oneering spirit willingly expended by Messrs. Rampton, Gallivan, Jack, Welch. . . and Jack Daniels.