In 1992, Dede Laugesen was immersed in the Boulder drug culture and dancing at the Bustop strip club to pay her way through school at CU’s journalism school.
Wayne Laugesen was a hard-drinking editor at a Washington D.C. magazine, one of his first jobs in a career that would lead him to the Boulder Planet, and the Boulder Weekly, two notoriously left-wing papers in an equally liberal town.
Fast forward to 2003, a decade after the two found each other and rediscovered their faith in the Catholic Church, and their lives, and careers, couldn’t be more different.
They’re raising four sons. And they’ve set aside the grind of daily journalism to craft computer animated videos teaching young children the value of prayer.
“I can’t emphasize how much prayer pulled her out of that situation she was in, and pulled me out of a decadent lifestyle as well,” says Wayne, 39, who was an editor and columnist for the Boulder Weekly for three years, before resigning in February.
On Aug. 15, the Laugesens’ new company, The Rosary Project, began shipping “Holy Baby — Seven Prayers in Seven Languages,” the first installment in a series of educational videos for Catholic babies and toddlers. The couple likens them to the “Baby Einstein” educational videos, or the faith-based “Veggie Tales,” cartoons that have sold more than 20 million videos since they were conceived in 1993.