Routt County Spotlight: Lu Etta Loeber

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Lu Etta Loeber

Occupation: Executive Director, Yampa Valley Autism Program

Place of birth: Los Angeles

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

A. I moved here three years ago in January. I've had a place in Steamboat for many, many years and decided this is where I wanted to live.

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

A. Becoming the executive director of the Yampa Valley Autism Program.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Get up and feed my cats, make my coffee and read the Rocky Mountain News and Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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

A. Your word is your bond.

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

A. My family is my core, I am absolutely crazy about opera, and I just finished the draft of my first novel.

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

A. I wanted to be a journalist.

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

A. Madeleine Albright, Barbara Jordan, Marin Alsop and Thomas Friedman. We'd talk about politics, music and life.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Memories.

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

A. I won't marry a man that doesn't love cats.

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

A. Yes. It's a butterfly close to my heart for someone I lost.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Suspension bridges.

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

A. I'd love to go back to the Gold Rush days.

Favorites

Song: "Nessa Dorma"

Color: Green

Food: Curry

Sport to watch: Football

Vacation spot: Vancouver Island

Recreational activity: Skiing

Movie: "The Year of Living Dangerously"

Magazine: Time

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