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Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - —Paul Wei­de­man

De­vel­op­ing: My Life by Wil­liam Zeck­endorf Jr. and Hik­ing to His­tory: A Guide to Off-Road New Mex­ico His­tor­i­cal Sites by Robert Julyan

A de­vel­op­ing story

De­vel­op­ing: My Life (An­drea Mon­fried Edi­tions) is ana pt ti­tle for the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Wil­liam Zeck­endorf Jr., who die di n Santa Fe i n20 14. Among the real-es­tate de­vel­oper’s dozens o fp ro­ject sw ere the $227 mil­lion Crowne Plaza Hote li n Man­hat­tan and the $736 mil­lion Ron­ald Rea­gan Build­ing and In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. With his wife, Nancy Zeck­endorf, he also de­vel­oped sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant buildin gs i n Santa Fe: Los Mi­radores con­do­mini­ums, th e Sierra del Norte sub­di­vi­sion, the El­do­rado Ho­tel, and the Ho­tel Santa Fe (in part­ner­ship with Pi­curis Pue­blo), a sw ell as the 2000-2001 trans­for­ma­tion of the old Len­sic Theater into the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Nancy Zeck­endor fp re­sents the book at 6p. m .Tu es­day, No v.1 5, at Col­lecte d Works Book­store & Cof­fee house, 202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226.

Off the beaten path

Ify o ul ove get­ting ou t to t he state’s mesa­lands and moun­tains but you’re tired of the same old places, check out Robert Julyan’s Hik­ing to His­tory: A Guide to Off-Road New Mex­ico His­toric Sites (Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press). The au­thor gives de­tailed di­rec­tions (in­clud­ing GPS co­or­di­nates) to 22 sites, each one a jump­ing o ffp oint into lo­cal his­tory, which heal so elu­ci­dates. Among the for­ays are the place i nt he Ojito Wilder­ness near San Ysidro where a pair of Al­bu­querque hiker sf ound the re­mark­ably well-pre­served bones of a large di­nosaur — Seis­mosaurus hal­lo­rum —i n 1979, and the site south of Glen­coe where Billy the Kid swore vengeance af­ter his friend John Tun­stall was mur­dered, trig­ger­ing a string of events that es­ca­late di nto the Lin­coln County War. At Col­lected Works Book­store at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 27, Julyan dis­cusses an­other of his 2016 books, Wild Guide: Pass­port to New Mex­ico’s Wilder­ness (New Mex­ico Wilder­ness Al­liance).

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