Routt County Spotlight: Steve Hitchcock
November 30, 2008
Occupation: Owner, Zirkel Trading (the retail store opened Friday)
Place of birth: Illinois
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. We moved here in April of 1999 because we wanted to live here. We did not have jobs at the time, so we were counting on figuring that out.
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Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Signing a lease for retail space downtown. (Zirkel Trading opened Friday in Howelsen Place.)
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Up at about 5 a.m., make coffee, answer e-mails and do other work until 7:45, take the kids to school. After that, each day is different.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. You will be known in the world for what you say and do.
Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?
A. I’m a father, musician and hard worker.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I was not so interested in growing up that I had a plan.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. In this political year. I would be interested to hear what John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and John McCain would have to say to each other.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Guitars and memories.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that,” what is that?
A. Is there really anything a father would not do for his kids?
Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?
A. To visit or to stay? I would like to have been a fly on the wall during the debates for the Declaration of Independence and at many other events, but there is no other time in history I would rather have lived.
Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?
A. The fishing is pretty good. Spending time with friends is better.
Book: “The Magician of Lublin” by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Song: “Hesitation Blues”
Vacation spot: Might be Echo Park
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