Routt County Spotlight: Richard Levy

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Richard Levy

Age: 48

Occupation: Massage therapist; chairman of the Steamboat Springs Sierra Club

Place of birth: Trenton, N.J.

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

A. I moved here in 1993 to spend a summer volunteering as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.

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

A. Biggest: Quitting my job with a Fortune 500 company after 13 years to spend a summer volunteering.

Most recent: Building my own house with the USDA/YVHA Self Help program.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Check and answer my e-mail, usually a one- to two-hour routine.

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

A. Actually it was Sierra Club's magazine. It opened my eyes to the beauty of our natural environment and the work needed to protect it.

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

A. In the big scheme of things, nothing is more important than your integrity.

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

A. My year-round dedication to using a bike instead of a car, my involvement to the Community Alliance to preserve our community and my involvement with the Sierra Club to protect the environment.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A teacher.

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

A. Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams. How did these diverse (soon to be) Americans come together to forge a unified nation?

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?

A. Stop being an activist for what I believe in.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Newspaper boy.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero?

A. Saul Alinsky.

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. 1776 to witness the creation of the United States of America.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?

A. Biking on Emerald Mountain.

Favorites

Book: "Ender's Game," by Orson Scott Card

Song: "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

Color: green

Food: Hummus

Sport to watch: I'd rather be doing it - Ultimate Frisbee

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