The illuminated sign of the Ent Center for the Arts invites: Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater. Family and friends celebrated the return of live theater indoors by honoring the late “bon vivant” described as “a connoisseur of the finer things in life”.

It was the 20th anniversary of Lester “Dusty” Loo’s death and family members Gary, Kathy, James and Susan Loo Pattee, as well as friends, the arts community and those of UCCS, have kept his legacy. living with a reception before opening. of “Every Shining Thing”.

One special gift that Dusty would have appreciated, all agreed, was a behind-the-scenes tour by TheatreWorks and the center staff.

From 1962, Dusty, joined by his brother Gary in 1964, had run the successful family business, LooArt Press / Current Inc., started by their parents in 1950. It was a greeting card business started. in the family home – even the kitchen table – and has grown into a large mail order catalog company known for its cards, gift wrap, stationery, freebies, and cookbook cookbooks. family matriarch and the test kitchens she opened. Current was sold in 1986 for $ 115 million.

Because brothers Dusty and Gary were personally involved in philanthropic efforts and the arts and served on numerous boards of directors, the family established the Bloom Foundation. James Loo describes the name as “a philanthropy aimed at making things bigger”. The emphasis is on the arts, conservation and education.

Jon Medved, who had been president of Current Inc., knew exactly why “bon vivant” perfectly describes Dusty Loo, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 64. Awarded by UCCS TheatreWorks Co-Founder Murray Ross, the narrative was for a happy, creative, first-class life and love of the theater that began at age 8 as a lead role in “The Littlest Wiseman “.

Medved said Loo was a comedian at heart with high school and college roles and was a regular at the Colorado Springs Civic Theater run by Orvis Grout. He was active and benefactor of TheatreWorks.

As guests toast Dusty with “Tequila Mockingbirds,” Medved revealed that Dusty had been an amateur magician as well as a “great businessman who could see the whole picture.”