Routt County Spotlight: Deb Olsen
April 3, 2004
Age: Mental (28) or physical (53)?
Occupation: Magazine publisher
Place of birth: Lake Wobegone
Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?
A. The winter of 1983-84. 447.5 inches of snow
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Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Taking a weeklong telemark locals’ clinic, when I didn’t even know how to put the skis on my feet.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. I make my way to Mocha Molly’s on autopilot.
Q. Have you ever had a book change your life? What was it and why?
A. “Alice in Wonderland.” It taught me that it’s good to think outside the box.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. Go skiing and everything will be OK.
Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?
A. I’m a writer, traveler and mother.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A teacher or a nurse. (I hadn’t read “Alice in Wonderland” yet.)
Q. Next big goal:
A. Write the script for a situation comedy set in Steamboat Springs.
Q. If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi; and Steamboat residents George and Marion Tolles. If those four can’t find a way to bring peace to the world, no one can.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” What is “that”?
A. Date a politician.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. I collect everything. You should see my closet.
Q. Last meal:
A. Extra Old Amsterdam cheese and a fresh baguette, with a glass of 2000 Bordeaux.
Book: The Bible
Song: Anything by the Moody Blues
Color: Sky blue
Food: Chocolate (Swiss)
Sport to watch: Hockey
Vacation spot: Svalbard (800 miles north of Norway); Steamboat’s sister city: Saas Fee, Switzerland; and Paris (of course).
Recreational activity: Skiing
Movie: “As Good As It Gets”