Routt County Spotlight: Michael Brumbaugh |

Routt County Spotlight: Michael Brumbaugh

Michael Brumbaugh

Age: 51

Occupation: Educator

Place of birth: Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. Two years ago. I had fallen in love with this area four years ago when I was interviewing for a job.

Recommended Stories For You

Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?

A. Deciding to take on three jobs at once.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Fall out of bed, go for morning hike up on Howelsen or the ridge behind Colorado Mountain College, have peanut butter and jelly toast with an energy drink for breakfast (unless it’s the weekend, then I have breakfast at one of several restaurants in town), check e-mail.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. “Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire” by Rafe Esquith. He gives wonderful simple examples of how to give oneself to the education of young people.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. What you value is what you’ll do.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. I love being involved in activities where people encourage each other to go farther than they would normally. I get upset when I see people being treated unfairly (including myself). I believe that love does indeed triumph over hate and indifference.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be, and what would you talk about?

A. Jesus, Eleanor Roosevelt, Malcolm X and the Dalai Lama. I’d ask what America can do specifically to bring a sense of justice and nonmaterialism to our society.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Wolf info. Have always had a fascination with them.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Wolverine now – because Hugh Jackman is one of the sexiest guys on earth.

Q. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what of and why did you choose it?

A. . No, but if I do, it would be a small wolf paw.


Book: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson

Song: “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin

Color: Green

Food: Rosemary chicken

Sport to watch: Rugby

Vacation spot: Colorado

Recreational activity: Hiking / Camping

Movie: “Big Eden” and “On Golden Pond”

Magazine: UTNE Reader

Do you know someone interesting who you would like to see profiled? Call Brent Boyer at 871-4233 or e-mail him at