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Roger Brown

Caramie Schnell
Dominique Taylor/The Vail TrailRoger Brown

Roger Brown didn’t skip a beat when I told him our questions for this particular profile are a little less serious than what he’s probably been getting lately. “OK, I’ll open up my brain. Click. There you go.”

Brown is the independent contender for county commissioner and he took time off from the campaign trail to meet me for coffee in downtown Eagle.

The Dalai Lama. I’m not Buddhist, I’m Christian, but he’s one of the greatest men on earth. He’s the only one absolutely incorruptible and looking for peace. I’m going to do it, one way or another. I’ve made a lot of films in Nepal and Tibet so I’ve been right there but I’ve never been over to Dharamsala. But I will, I’ll hang out there until I get an audience with him.

Wine, good wine. The company is only as good as the wine. So I don’t drink Ripple. And I don’t drink a lot, but a couple of glasses now and again make life very pleasant. I prefer cabernet sauvignon.

I don’t even know what American Idol is – we don’t have television. I used to be a television producer and I know how it locks in the mind. I have two kids and I’ll be damned if I’m going to have them wasting their time looking at stuff they’re going to forget in five minutes.

The song I would sing karaoke (to) is Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” – that’s the song I’d like to sing if I had to.

Well, wine, but I don’t feel guilty about it. Hmmm. Guilty pleasure … Well, I used to like to steal powder from everybody else. I made all of Vail’s films and in the early days I could call up Bob Parker who was the publicity director and say, “Bob, I need some powder shots, will you close the bowls please?” And he would. So I’d take my crew up and shoot a few shots and manage to sneak in a run before the crowds hit it. I suppose that was a guilty pleasure – there was more to it than just getting a few shots.

I’m sure I’m going to have one during the campaign. I have to talk to the realtors tomorrow and after my book (“Requiem for the West”), they’re not all in my camp. It’ll be an embarrassing moment for me – I have to tell everybody I wrote this book when I was a writer, not a politician. This book is all about the problems, and my commissioner campaign is all about the solutions. I really land hard on trophy homes in this book, and some of the owners have landed hard on me. But I’m not embarrassed by that – the dialogue was good …

When I was kid I asked for a trumpet. I wanted a real trumpet. My dad got me this little tin trumpet for my birthday and there were kids there. And I smashed it and he dropped my pants right then and there and paddled the hell out of me. That was an embarrassing moment because he did it right in front of all my friends – boys and girls, everybody. VT

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