Routt County Spotlight: Sandy Conlon
July 8, 2007
Age: Some of my students are convinced that I helped Aristotle tutor Alexander the Great, but, alas, I am only 68.
Occupation: World history/literature/writing teacher
Place of birth: Boston
Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?
A. 1969 – My husband and I both were offered teaching positions at a small two-year college in Steamboat Springs.
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Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Riding my bicycle down Lincoln Avenue on any summer afternoon.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Check to see if I’m still above ground, stand upright, make sure all moving parts still move, drink a cup of coffee to celebrate and head off to school.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. Plato’s “Republic” and “The Dialogues,” because they demonstrate very intriguing ways to think about very intriguing, modern issues.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. Since all the good stuff happens in the blink of an eye, savor every millisecond.
Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?
A. I’m actually a bit shy about such things when I first meet people and usually prefer to listen.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I wanted to skate professionally on a Roller Derby team when I was in high school, and I have always wanted to work with young people by teaching.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. My grandchildren because they are funny, imaginative and like to play. We would probably do round-robin and “what happens next” storytelling, because that is one of their favorite things to do when we get together.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. I seem to have a recalcitrant pack-rat gene.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that,” what is that?
A. Call myself “Meatloaf” – “Chicken Pot Pie” maybe, but “Meatloaf?”
Q. What was your first job?
A. Cleaning detritus and other unknown particles from trouser cuffs in a San Diego dry cleaning business for 75 cents an hour. When I got my first paycheck, I felt rich and, suddenly, very independent.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
A. Jeannie Barnett Powers, local EMT, Search & Rescue person – because she is very courageous, professional and saves lives.
Q. Do you have any phobias?
A. Alligators in the basement and Men in black.
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