Routt County Spotlight: Todd Danielson

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Age: 34

Occupation: Editor, GeoWorld magazine

Place of birth: Syracuse, NY

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

A. October 1998. The magazine I work for started "telecommuting" its employees, so we could live anywhere. A co-worker and I thought, "Let's move to Steamboat!" So we did. I'm still here.

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

A. Writing a play, "Trading Bases," for Pirate Theater, where we dig pretty hard at our current law-enforcement officials and City Council. That seems very unsafe.

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

A. I like to think they all have.

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

A. "Maybe you should keep your shirt on."

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

A. I love my wife and kids. I love my cats (think what you will in this "dog" town). I'm a lot like my dad, and I think that's a good thing.

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

A. In college, I wanted to be an editor for a science magazine. Oddly enough, I am. But as a kid, I wanted to be an ancient Greek warrior. Missed on that one.

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

A. My dad. My mom. William Shakespeare (assuming he existed). Kurt Vonnegut. I'd mostly like to just chat with my dad, but it'd be fun to see if Shakespeare talked like he wrote, and if he'd like Kurt or not.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Whatever my 3-year-old daughter, Harper, makes in day care.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Raking dirt for a landscaping company. Good times.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Being profiled in newspapers. This is part of my therapy.

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

A. Ancient Greece, where I'd be that handsome warrior I planned on being.

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