Routt County spotlight: Jerry Kozatch
Occupation: Co-owner of Ambiente
Place of birth: Denver
Q: When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?
A: We moved here in the summer of 1996. It was an escape from Denver to “the mountains.” My wife and I wanted to live in the mountains and have a good school for our kids.
Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A: Running for Steamboat Springs School Board in the November election.
Q: Describe your morning routine.
A: Coffee, “Today” show, work.
Q: Have you ever had a book change your life? What was it and why?
A: “The Whole Earth Catalogue.” I discovered a whole world that was thinking anti-establishment.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: If you play with dirt, you have to expect to get some under your fingernails.
Q: When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?
A: Each person that I meet has different interests, and what I tell them about me is usually some story of my past that connects with what they are talking to me about.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Q: What kind of music did you listen to in high school? What kind of music do you listen to now?
A: Then: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel. Now: The same, but I’ve added blues, jazz and flamenco.
Q: If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about?
A: Albert Einstein, Joseph Campbell, Muhammad Ali and Jerry Garcia. I would serve spaghetti with shrimp and calamari. I would let them do all the talking.
Q: In the Meatloaf song, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that .” What is “that”?
A: Eat pork.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Small models of famous buildings. The kind people sell at tourist shops.
Q: What is your first memory?
A: Our house on 29th and Hudson in Denver when I was 2. My dad mowed the lawn with a push mower.
Sport to watch: Olympic track
Vacation spot: Hawaii
Recreational activity: Hiking
TV show: “Crime Story”
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