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Marge Marty, former owner of Marty Feed: "He was our doctor when one of my boys broke bones in his foot and when my daughter had her tonsils out. He removed my husband's gallbladder, I've had a hysterectomy, and he took care of my husband before he died. He learned Spanish so he can speak to his Spanish patients, and he speaks Italian, too. He's certainly been by far the most outstanding doctor we've had."
Dominic Verquer: "He's into registered Black Angus and Black and Hereford crosses. He took a bull to the Colorado State Fair and placed second in his class."
Gene Lujan: "I've never seen the man drink more than two drinks. We've attended a number of conventions, and we'd socialize. He likes beans, enchiladas, prime rib and smoked salmon--it has a fancy name but I don't know what you call it--and shrimp."
Valdez: "As for transsexuals, I'm basically not for it, but that's his business. But he must be good or else they wouldn't come. And they come from all over the world."
Marty: "Most of them stayed awhile, and you'd see people downtown you didn't know and put two and two together."
Anonymous I: "I don't approve of what he does. I really feel badly when people see our community as the 'Sex-Change Capital of the World.' That really upsets me. There is so much more here."
Anonymous II: "He's on the other side of the tracks from us. I don't appreciate him."
Lujan: "I work in the bar business, and we get quite a few opinions. It's just like your abortions. Same kind of controversy."
Valdez: "At first you heard a lot about it, but it's like a train going by. In the beginning you can't sleep, but eventually you get used to it."
Jon Pompia: "It's a non-issue here. It really is. The only time it's brought up is when people come into town and ask questions. I hang around all over town, and that's maybe 1 percent of our conversation. People have it, they come in, they leave. That's basically it."
Donnelly: "The hotels, restaurants, gift-shop folks and floral people say they've had people from his office coming in. He's quite an astute businessman. From what I've heard, we'd probably not be able to keep this hospital open without his business. Which is important when your town is eighty or ninety miles from a big medical center."
James D'Agostino, administrator of Mt. San Rafael: "It's about 1 or 2 percent of our business. We're a full-service hospital now and we do more. But years ago, it was certainly a higher percent of the bottom line. Transsexual surgery is not covered by insurance, so a lot of it is cash."
Marty: "After my hysterectomy, I went to Denver, and one of my friends said, 'You didn't let that doctor do it.' And I said, 'I certainly did.' They looked at me funny. 'But he does that kind of surgery.' And I said, 'Which proves how good he is. You have to be darn good to do that.' They never thought of it that way."
Valdez: "It took a while to get the respect I wanted from him, but I got it. He was pretty loose of the tongue when I first met him, and I'm the type that doesn't like profanity. He's not a Christian, that's for sure. But we got to the point where he didn't use it around me. I give him a lot of credit. A guy in his position and of his caliber didn't have to do that. But he did."
Verquer: "The first time he cut a calf he was a little confused about how to castrate, and I said, 'Here you are doing all these transsexual operations. It's the same thing. Just cut 'em off.'"
Marty: "About four days before my husband died, almost two weeks before Christmas, everyone was leaving the hospital, and I said, 'Everyone is going home but him.' Dr. Biber took my face in his hands, kissed me on the cheek and said, 'Honey, he will be going home very soon.' He's very special to all of us."
Valdez: "Some of the words he uses you have to look up in a dictionary."
Verquer: "I call him 'Shorty' when I walk up, and he always punches me."
Lujan: "He's a player. If someone needs support for a certain project, I'm sure they inquire with Biber. I'm sure he has influence and always has. He's an intelligent and respected man. His opinion is highly sought after. He's a real fair gentleman. He's worked hard all his life. Everything he's done, he's been good at."
Verquer: "He gets out there in his pickup, gets after cows, cuts hay, bails hay and plants seeds. He's done it from the ground up. He jumps right in there. He has probably the worst pair of blue jeans you've ever seen. And the same for his cowboy boots. They're full of holes and cowshit--excuse the language."