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Elvis's spirit was alive and shaking at the world's biggest celebration of 'The King'


Elvis fest 2015

Each year, Elvis Presley super fans and impersonators from around the world congregate in a single place to celebrate the King in a big way.

The Festival, which takes place in Collingwood, Canada, is the largest Elvis festival in the world. All things Elvis-themed take over the streets in the form of parades, carnivals, weddings and even midnight performances at the local McDonald's. 

Take a trip down memory lane at this year's festival celebrating the King, which ended July 26.

(Captions by Sarah Jacobs and Reuters)

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The annual Collingwood Elvis Festival launched in 1995. Then, only 35 tribute artists performed compared to this year's 120.

This father and son Elvis duo, Norm Ackland and Jax, performed in the streets.

This year's Festival kicked off with a meet and greet of last year's tribute artist champions.

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10 things you should never do at a dinner party, according to a longtime butler


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Whether attending a dinner party for business or pleasure, there are certain things you just shouldn't do. 

You may also find yourself in a sticky situation where you're not sure what to do.

Author and longtime butler Charles MacPherson answers all in his new book, "The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining."

Here are 10 pearls of wisdom from his 26 years of experience. 

1. Never wear your napkin as a bib.

Unless you're at the beach with friends casually chowing down on buttery lobster, don't tuck your napkin into your collar. Instead, place it across your lap and use when necessary. 

2. Never use the table as an elbow rest.

We know it's tempting, but avoid putting your elbows on the table. "Keep them tucked into your body, especially when lifting food into your mouth," MacPherson advises. 

3. Never overreact if you spill something on yourself (or someone else).

We all have embarrassing moments, but there's no reason to make a big deal out of it. Clean up the mess in a quick and quiet manner. If there are servers, ask for additional napkins. If you spill on another guest, don't wipe them off yourself. Instead, offer your napkin and apologize. 

wine spill

4. Never talk with your hands while holding cutlery.

If you're one of those people who can't tell a story without getting an arm workout, remember to put your silverware down before you start talking. You should also put your cutlery down while chewing. 

5. Never reach over the table for the salt.

Simply ask the person beside you, "Would you please pass the salt?" It's less intrusive than your arm in his or her face. 

6. Never hover over your plate to shovel food into your mouth.

Instead of leaning over your plate, MacPherson says to bring your fork to your mouth. (Seems self explanatory, but try eating spaghetti sitting up straight.) 

7. Never talk with a mouth full of food.

MacPherson knows this is a given, but it bears repeating. 

monkey with his mouth full

8. Never turn your nose up to the food being served.

Picky eaters aren't given a free pass. If you don't like what's being served, take a deep breath, try a few bites (MacPherson says you don't have to finish it), and then fill up on water until dessert. 

9. Never attempt to discretely blow your nose at the table.

There's nothing discrete about blowing your nose. Excuse yourself from the table and go to the restroom or another vacant room. 

10. Never leave your napkin on the chair after dinner.

After the meal, place your napkin on top of your plate — don't leave it on the chair. 

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The 21 best places to retire in the world


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If you're looking to settle down soon, you may want to reconsider sunny Florida, serene Cape Cod, or any other retirement hot spot in the US.

For the third year in a row, the US barely made it into the top 20 of the global retirement index rankings put together by Natixis.

Northern European nations, meanwhile, took eight of the top ten spots.

The index compares the ability of 150 countries to meet the needs of their retirees after examining 20 key performance indicators grouped into four broad categories: health, including life expectancy and access to quality health services; finances, including the strength of the nation's financial system; quality of life, including factors like crime rates and air pollution; and material well-being, meaning the ability to live comfortably in retirement.

The global retirement index and individual rankings are then determined by a country's score in each of these categories.

We've compiled the 21 highest-ranked countries for retirement, according to the index, along with insights from the Natixis report: 

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21. Qatar

Health: 7.9/10

Finances: 7.7/10

Quality of life: 5.1/10

Material Well-being: 8.1/10

Global Retirement Index: 71%

Rounding out the top 21, Qatar established itself as one of the strongest economies in the Gulf Region. The country also made an impressive leap from the 31st ranked country in 2014 t0 the 21st in 2015.

20. Slovenia

Health: 7.8/10

Finances: 5.7/10

Quality of life: 7.9/10

Material Well-being: 7.3/10

Global Retirement Index: 71%

Slovenia ranks high in quality of life, perhaps dues to the government's investment in renewable energies and its focus on reducing CO2 emissions. The country also has a universal healthcare system, high level of income equality, and a top-notch natural environment.


19. United States

Health: 8.0/10

Finances: 6.5/10

Quality of life: 7.8/10

Material Well-being: 6.4/10

Global Retirement Index: 71%

The US placed 19th out of the 150 nations analyzed for the third year in a row. Despite is generally high quality of life and good health ranking, the US isn't one of the most financially stable places for retirees. It ranks relatively low for income equality compared to other developed countries and there are still high levels of government debt.


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Go inside the abandoned Chinese village that nature is taking back one house at a time


Houtouwan Chinese village

Nearly fifty years ago, more than 2,000 people called this bucolic Chinese village home.

Now only a handful of them remain. 

Houtouwan clings to the lush green coastline of a tiny island in the Zhousan archipelago at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. Half a century ago, it was a busy regional center and a port of call to a sizable fishing fleet.

But as was the case with so many agricultural communities in China, the lightning speed of the country's modernization has left Houtouwan a virtual ghost town. 

The photos below, taken by Damir Sagolj for Reuters, show how the force of nature has retaken this village in a matter of decades — and turned into a tourist attraction.

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A former resident of Houtouwan is in charge of guiding visiting tourists through the ghost village on Shengshan Island, about 80 miles southeast of Shanghai.

Residents began to leave the village in the early 1990s as their fishing fleet outgrew the small bay on which the town sits.

Finding proper education was another problem, as the island is rather remote.

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The fabulous life of Michael Bloomberg, the eighth richest person in America


Michael Bloomberg gives speech

Michael Bloomberg is not your average billionaire.

Reportedly worth of $37.5 billion, he's pledged half of his fortune to charity after his death.

For over a decade, he served as New York City mayor earning only $1 dollar a year. Before that, he made billions through the company he founded, Bloomberg LP, and its Bloomberg Terminal financial software.

Here's everything we know about his fortune, shiny toys, good and bad habits, and leading ladies. 

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Meet Michael Bloomberg: America's eighth richest person, founder of Bloomberg LP, philanthropist, and former New York City mayor.

Bloomberg grew up in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He went to Johns Hopkins University for mechanical engineering and received a MBA from Harvard University.

Source: Wealth X

After reaching partner at Solomon Brothers, he was later in charge of IT. When Solomon merged with Phibro, they let Bloomberg go. He then created Bloomberg LP, a financial services and media company worth a reported $27.7 billion, due in large part to the success of the Bloomberg Terminal.



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A 22-year-old art student met her biological mom for the first time and captured the whole experience in pictures


Ashley Comer - Meeting Sheila 19

Photographer Ashley Comer was born and raised by adoptive parents in Milton, Massachusetts.

She grew up in a tight-knit family of adopted children, but became more and more curious about her birth mother as she grew up.

While finishing her final semester at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, she discovered that Sheila, her biological mother, had moved down to Florida, not far away.

After reconnecting, the two were finally able to meet again after 22 years.

“I discovered that the law in regards to my adoption does not permit any information [about my biological parents] until the age of 21, so I was only a year ahead of what was legal anyhow,” Comer told Business Insider.

She decided to turn the experience into a photo series, called "Meeting Sheila." It started out as a series of candids during their first weekend together, but as they grew closer, the subsequent photographs were born of collaboration, and the project served as an icebreaker as they reconnected.

Comer spoke to Business Insider about the project and shared images with us.

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Comer, a photography major, had already planned her senior thesis project before tracking down her biological mother. But she eventually scrapped the original project to focus on "Meeting Sheila" instead.

It wasn’t until two days into Comer’s final semester of college that the adoption agency told her that Sheila had received her information, and she learned her biological mother was only a state away. Comer wrote a hopeful letter, and Sheila responded a few weeks later in a short but touching way that expressed her mutual excitement.

The next day, they talked on the phone a bit. They revealed some personal details about their lives and the adoption and found they both had artistic interests. The two scheduled an in-person visit for Comer to see Sheila in Florida.

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An expert sommelier says these 5 great wines will impress your host at your next dinner party


wine store shelf

When it comes to summertime gift giving, there’s nothing better than wrapping a bow around the neck of the perfect bottle of wine.

But do you reach for rosé or choose champagne?

Brahm Callahan, the Master Sommelier from Boston’s award-winning Grill 23 & Bar, says it’s not quite that simple.

“Choosing a favorite is really always hard,” says the man who oversees a collection of more than 1,700 bottles.

Luckily, he decided to share five of his favorites with DuJour.

Champagne Pol Roger, Sir Winston Churchill 2002

“Nothing says thank you for having me like a bottle of Sir Winston, perhaps my favorite Tête de Cuvée, and inspired by a man after my own heart, Winston Churchill himself, who was never without a bottle of Pol Roger and a good cigar.”

Evening Land Vineyards, Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011

“The perfect balance of old world charm with new world generosity, made by a star-studded cast of the wine world’s who’s who.”

Gramercy Cellars, Columbia Valley Syrah 2011

“Made by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington, this is one of the true stars in the Washington State wine scene.”

Bordeaux, Margaux du Margaux 2009

“It is hard to use the world value these days when talking about blue chip Bordeaux, but the third label of Chateau Margaux—one of the five first growths—delivers in spades. Classic refined offering balanced perfectly between integrated oak and lush feminine fruit.”

Elvio Cogno, Vigna Elena Barolo 2008

The king of Italian wines, Barolo never disappoints. Cogno’s restrained traditional approach highlights the aromatics and complexity of world class Barolo while managing the tannins that can often require years of cellaring to tame. This wine is really up and coming, and not as well known as it should be.”

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NBA player Deron Williams is selling his NYC penthouse for $18 million more than he paid for it


deron williams tribeca penthouse

After joining the Dallas Mavericks this summer, ex-Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams is looking to offload his TriBeCa penthouse at an astounding profit.

He bought the property in 2013 for $15.8 million. He's now asking $33.5 million for it, according to the New York Post.

The penthouse is 6,800 square feet, has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a wine cellar, a restaurant-grade kitchen, and, best of all, 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The Post reports that he customized the place "from floor to ceiling."

Williams has made $115 million in his NBA career, and appears to be doing well off the court as well. Here's what the property looked like when he bought it.

Tons of natural light with the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Another view of the bright living room.

Floating stairs.

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A mom took these adorable pictures of her 2-year-old daughter and her dog in identical poses


Dog and Daughter

One day, portrait photographer Jesse Holland took a photo of her two-year-old daughter Ella and her dog doing the same thing.

Then she took another. Today, the series of of juxtaposed images contains more than 100 images posted to her Instagram account.

Holland is a wedding photographer by trade, but has used this side project as a way to document her daughter’s childhood beyond just iPhone captures (although some of the images in the series are actually taken on the iPhone).

“I love shooting weddings, but this has been a fun way to make my husband, family and friends smile, and most of them are much more interested in this series then wedding photos of people they have never met,” Holland tells Business Insider.

Below are a selection of the photos and excerpts from our interview with Holland.

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For the daughter and dog series, Holland comes up with ideas for images ahead of time, but sometimes the situations also just pop up spontaneously and she takes advantage of the opportunity in front of her.

A photo posted by Jesse Holland (@jhphoto) on

Usually it is a matter of placing the dog, Charlie, into the same scenario of something that Ella is doing or has just done.

A photo posted by Jesse Holland (@jhphoto) on

“When I have a pre-visualized photo that I want to do, the dog is usually happier to play along as he will ALWAYS sit and stay if he knows there is a treat in it for him,” Holland says. “Ella isn't as food-motivated, and talking a two-year-old into something that wasn't their idea to begin with can sometimes be a challenge.”

A photo posted by Jesse Holland (@jhphoto) on

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How to saber a bottle of champagne with an iPhone


Sabering a bottle of champagne is the ultimate party trick. But what do you do when your trusty saber is missing? Well, use the phone in your pocket of course. We used the iPhone 5 because of its blunt edge.

Disclaimer: Sabering a bottle of champagne with a iPhone could put you or your device at risk.

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15 incredible concert venues around the world



Watching a live performance is thrilling in itself, but getting to do it while being in the midst of a stunning stage makes the experience unforgettable. 

In countries around the world, there are music venues that have been built in breathtaking natural and historical locations that include underground caverns and 19th-century forts. 

From Ireland's Slane Castle, which has hosted musicians like the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to Sweden's Dalhalla amphitheater, built in a former limestone quarry, here are 15 fascinating places you can enjoy live music around the world.

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The annual Bregenz Festival, which is held in Vienna, Austria, from July through August, is known for the incredible fantasy-like sets built on its floating stage.

Learn more about the Bregenz Festival.

At SteelStacks, a cultural venue located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, grand mills rise from the stage. The venue is located in the former site of Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel manufacturer in the nation.

Learn more about SteelStacks.

The Théâtre Antique d’Orange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Orange, France, is an ancient Roman theater that dates back to the first century. Today, the venue features the original stone architecture on its stage and surroundings.

Learn more about Théâtre Antique d’Orange.

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Millennials are fulfilling their stereotype as the 'boomerang generation'


Gamer, Couch, Living Room, Video Games

Earlier this spring, there seemed to be signs that young adults were finally shaking off the effects of our long-ago recession and moving out from their parents' basements.

Namely, the pace of U.S. household formation was speeding up, which is generally a sign that twentysomethings are setting off on their own.

But maybe not so much. Today, the Pew Research Center is out with a new analysis of census data suggesting that young adults haven't really changed their ways. The job market might be getting better by the month, but millennials are still very much living at home.

First, the very big picture. Since 2010, unemployment among 18-to-34-year-olds has fallen significantly. And yet the fraction of that group living independently, meaning not with a parent or relative, has also declined. 

slate graphNow let's drill down a little more. Pew was kind enough to send me its numbers broken down into smaller age groups—18-to-24-year-olds (with full-time college students excluded) and 25-to-34-year-olds. In the first three months of 2015, it seems, the percentage of younger millennials living at home shrank a bit. For older millennials, it rose.

Pew cautions that, because of seasonal issues, numbers from this past winter might not be 100 percent comparable with full-year data from 2014. But still, there's no real sign that the 25-to-34 group is leaving the nest.

slateAnd honestly, nobody is entirely sure why they haven't yet. There are theories, of course. Some studies have blamed student debt, though that doesn't really explain why non-college-goers are also living at home at higher rates. Others suggest the fact that young people now get married later than they used to may be responsible.

To me, it seems blindingly obvious that the fact that rents are rising faster than wages in much of the country has something to do with it, though I haven't seen a rigorous analysis testing that theory. (But, seriously, 46 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds were rent-burdened in 2013, up from 40 percent in 2003. If it is less affordable to get an apartment, it seems unsurprising that fewer people will do it.)

Really, though, it's kind of silly to try and single out a single overriding reason why millennials are still fulfilling our stereotype as the boomerang generation. The labor market might not be a raging dumpster fire anymore. But over the past 15 years, the economy (and culture) has evolved in ways that make living solo less appealing. The rent is high. We have education loans to pay off. We're not in a rush to get hitched. So long as all that stays true, America's basements are probably going to stay pretty full.

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A 10-year study points to something disturbing that happens to a lot of kids who are cool in high school


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Teenagers are notoriously rebellious by nature, but most of us eventually grow out of that naive adolescent phase.

Some, however, appear to completely miss the boat. Many of them — at least according to a study published this month in the journal Child Development — end up abusing alcohol and drugs, have trouble maintaining a steady, healthy relationship, and often have problems with the law.

Ironically, the kids who seemed to have it all at age 13 — popularity, invites to parties, older friends, and love lives — are the ones who "didn't turn out O.K." psychologist Joseph P. Allen told Jan Hoffman for The New York Times, where we first learned about Allen's study.

The reason these "cool" kids are lost at sea as adults isn't karma working its magic — it's more scientific than that.

Allen — together with three other researchers at the University of Virginia — conducted one of the first studies of its kind to explore how a certain type of behavior exhibited in some teens, which he calls "adolescent pseudomature behavior," may be having a negative impact on future development.

As the name implies, adolescent pseudomature behavior describes young teens who want to look and feel mature before they actually are — they haven't reached the emotional and behavioral maturity that comes with adulthood. To look and feel mature, these teens often behave in ways they consider mature, like drinking alcohol, smoking, partying late, and having sex.

The curse of being "cool"

Breakfast Club Although past studies have suggested that this type of behavior can be beneficial in the short-term, gaining you higher social status in school, far less was known about the "long-term implications of this early adolescent behavior," Allen states in the paper.

Until now, that is. Allen and his team found evidence to suggest that this behavior might actually hurt social status in school.

To find out the long-term repercussions of this early behavior, the team spent 10 years following the behavioral habits of 184 subjects (86 males and 98 females). When the study began, all the subjects were 13 years old and in either seventh or eighth grade. When it ended, they were 23.

All of the subjects were recruited from a single middle school that, according to the researchers, represented "suburban and urban populations in the Southeastern United States." The average family range of annual income was $40,000 to $59,999 and about 58% of the subjects described themselves as Caucasian, 29% as African-American, 8% as mixed race and ethnicity, and 5% as being from other minority groups.

These numbers are not an exact match to the general American population, but they're not far off either. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2013 about 77% of the population identified as Caucasian, 13% as African-American, 2.4% as "two or more races," and the rest included other categories like "Asian," "Native Hawaiian," "Hispanic," etc. Similarly, the average family range of annual income was just under $52,000 in 2013.

The researchers interviewed the subjects over the years in order to document their social status throughout middle school, high school, and afterward. They also spoke with other students who said they knew these people best.

At the onset of the study, about 20% of the subjects were considered "cool." In other words, their peers were more likely to say that they saw them as "mature" with "high social status" and therefore a "desirable companion" to spend time with.

But over the course of the next two years, from the time they were age 13 to when they turned 15, these "cool" kids' social status drastically declined, as shown in the graph below:Screen Shot 2015 07 27 at 5.38.14 PMBy the time these "cool" kids turned 23, many of them were having problems with criminal behavior and alcohol and marijuana use — significantly more than the other subjects in the study, who were not ranked in the "cool" category at the study's onset.

The reason for this, the researchers hypothesize, is that the "cool" kids valued being popular more than the other subjects and therefore looked for ways to continue feeling cool. Since their behavior of drinking and doing drugs is what got them "cool" status in the first place, they dive into deeper, more extreme ways to try and stay cool, even though their efforts may be backfiring.

The researchers conclude with this scary notion:

"The findings support the proposition that early adolescent attempts to gain status via pseudomature behavior are not simply passing annoyances of this developmental stage, but rather may signal movement down a problematic pathway and away from progress toward real psychosocial competence."

In other words, if you're acting extreme to look cool, chances are good that you might be the only one who thinks so.

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These 4 words can help crack down on Americans who kill endangered species


Walter Palmer

"This law applies extraterritorially."

Outrage continues to spread over Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer’s alleged killing of a lion in Zimbabwe, with new evidence emerging that Palmer may have also hunted several endangered species—including a leopard and white rhinoceros.

Wounding or killing endangered species is illegal in the United States under the Endangered Species Act.

But right now, Americans are free under U.S. law to travel overseas and slaughter as many endangered species as they want.

This loophole arises from the way courts have read the Endangered Species Act. Federal statutes are interpreted with something called the presumption against extraterritoriality—laws are assumed to apply exclusively within the United States unless Congress says otherwise.

Although the Endangered Species Act was written quite broadly, it never declares that the law covers actions taken outside U.S. borders.

In lieu of that explicit statement, most courts have found that the act bars maiming and killing endangered species only within America. And though the Supreme Court has never resolved the ambiguity directly, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an influential concurring opinion holding that the law has no extraterritorial reach.

Luckily, the act does penalize the international shipment or transportation of animals that are threatened or endangered species under U.S. law. That means a poacher could be prosecuted in America for sending a “trophy” of his prey—a rhino head, for instance—back home, so long as the animal is threatened or endangered. (The government has proposed listing the African lion as threatened, but the rule won't be finalized until October—so Palmer could legally ship the lion he allegedly killed back to Minnesota.)

But if a hunter merely enjoys killing for sport, he can travel overseas, hunt down as many endangered species as he wants, and return to America without risking prosecution here. (He could still be prosecuted by the country in which he killed the animals if he broke any local laws—Palmer allegedly hunted without a proper license—but many countries lack the will or resources to punish foreign poachers.)

World Record Archery Lion

This rift in enforcement goes against the spirit, if not the text, of the Endangered Species Act, which evinces a serious concern for the global population of threatened and endangered animals.

It also creates a perverse incentive whereby poachers leave America—where they may be caught by the authorities—for places like Africa, where enforcement is laxer. Congress could fix that. Under the Foreign Commerce Clause,Congress has the power to punish Americans for some illegal actions taken overseas.

To add harming endangered animals to that category, Congress need only pass a four-word amendment to the Endangered Species Act: This law applies extraterritorially. It wouldn’t resolve the dire problem of poaching overnight. But it would ensure that Americans who kill endangered animals elsewhere face real accountability when they return home. 

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A retired computer scientist is selling his 800-acre ranch for $10.95 million


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A nearly 800-acre ranch belonging to retired computer scientist and engineer Jim Mitchell and wife Judy Wainwright has come on to the market for $10.95 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The ranch, which includes a 9,500-square-foot house inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright design, is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and is a haven for local wildlife like bald eagles and deer.

Mitchell spent decades working with computers and became wealthy enough to buy the ranch and his own plane.

"I got into computers in the early days and wrote my fist line of code in 1962," he told the WSJ

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The home is perched on a hill above an area to the north of Steamboat, called Elk River Valley.

Mitchell and Wainwright purchased the home in 1999. They spent several years constructing the home, which was inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

"We hiked up there in snowshoes in the winter with the architect and within 15 minutes we said the house has to optimize the views and has to have lots of windows," Mitchell told the WSJ.

Source: WSJ

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