Local woman wants Oprah to visit

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Publishing and TV personality Oprah Winfrey arguably is among the most influential people in American society.

Winfrey has sent people to college, recognized genuine heroes and heroines and made novels become best-sellers. She even has been known to give away cars.

Steamboat Springs resident Lynne Masters thinks Winfrey needs to get acquainted with Ski Town USA. Anyone who agrees is invited to the Steamboat Springs Community Center at 2 p.m. Saturday to appear in a video imploring Winfrey to make Steamboat one of the small communities her TV show will visit.

Masters is an admirer of Winfrey's.

"I feel like she's a kindred spirit. She's doing wonderful things on such a grand scale," Masters said. "I think Steamboat's a magical place, and she's a spiritual person. We have a lot of good spiritual energy here."

When the producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show solicited small communities to submit videos to support their claim to being among the most livable small towns in America, cities from Golden, Texas, to Danville, Ky., responded.

Now, Masters thinks it's Steamboat's turn.

"I don't spend that much time on the Internet, but I was visiting her site recently and saw it at the 'Be on the Show' page," Masters said. "It said to send your video in as soon as possible."

Making the video won't be as involved as it might seem at first glance -- local videographers have assembled large libraries of parade, winter sports and rodeo footage. Masters hopes to combine existing stock footage of Steamboat with Saturday's scene, in which local residents will stand behind a "Welcome to Steamboat" banner and shout out, "Oprah, come visit my town!"

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