Routt County Spotlight: David Willis
January 17, 2010
Occupation: Library director at the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. In July 2004. My job with Colorado Mountain College brought me here — that and this beautiful valley.
Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?
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A. Driving my 1995 Toyota Corolla in a town full of very big SUVs.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Sleep until our 13-month-old son wakes up, then change his diaper, get him some breakfast, brew some coffee, let the dogs out and go to work.
Q.Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac; it filled me with wanderlust.
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
A. When you get back from a vacation, immediately start planning your next.
Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?
A. Intolerance gets me down; kindness picks me up; and I'd always rather hang out with the geeks.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. After seeing "Smokey and the Bandit" at the age of 7, I wanted to be a truck driver.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'd do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?
A. Listen to Meatloaf.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
A. Preacher. Those graphic novels are just diabolically twisted.
Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?
A. The Roaring Twenties in New York City — I am utterly enamored with the music and style from that era.
Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?
A. Spend time with my wife and son. Favorite individual pursuit: fish dry flies in the gloaming of a warm summer evening during a hatch on the Yampa.
Book: At the moment, "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon
Song: "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" by Wilco
Food: Chile Colorado at Tequila's
Sport to watch: University of Illinois basketball
Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption"