Jon Eekhoff

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Jon rode this baby for at least eight seconds

Jon Eekhoff is an award-winning author (if second and third place count in the annual Tidepools magazine contest, or if the Fiction Writer of the Year from Lemoore High School in 1983 can be included as “award-winning”). He spends most of his time writing fiction which he’d let you read if you were an agent with a million dollar offer. He has completed three novels which are waiting to be discovered while they sit on his hard drive, or in the cloud…whatever that is. Novel #1: The writers and authors of 1920’s Paris play baseball. Novel #2: An obsessed basketball coach kidnaps his college basketball team and takes them on a strange road trip in an attempt to get 700 wins. Novel #3: Jon spends five months with his son in the hospital as his son undergoes treatment for cancer. (That one is mostly true.)  He is working on 20 interconnected short stories set around the California Missions.

Jon’s blog is a mess and that’s how he likes it. His non-fiction is primarily to entertain his four readers and keep his mind agile. He likes to travel, do stupid things, eat odd foods, drink beer, suck the marrow out of life, and pay for health club memberships he doesn’t use.

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    • Thanks. I just ordered your book from Amazon and look forward to reading it. Amazon will be attaching it to a ocean going vessel and then transporting it across the Americas by pack mule. I should get it somewhere between now and Easter. There are days I wish I had a Kindle. I have a compulsion to own ever book ever published about Paris in the 1920s so your book will be in good company.

      My opposition to the term non-fiction has more to do with the interpretation all writers bring to a story. A writer, no matter how unbiased and fair, has a point of view that shades the truth. Any retelling of an experience gets altered and remade in a new way. It also could be that I am taking this stance because I find it easier to write when I am not restricted to telling the truth 100% of the time.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

  1. Thanks for taking the trouble to reply to my comment.
    I accept your point of view – yes, I suppose we are all biassed in the sense that we lean towards an attitude or a point of view etc.
    My background is journalism – working the newspapers, PR and broadcast news all my life. Especially in the latter case, working as editor of TV news, I had to be careful about balance and objectivity. I just say that so you know where I am coming from.
    I am thrilled you have ordered my book. I hope you enjoy it – and I believe you will if like me you have a passion for 1920s Paris.
    I would value your opinion/critique in due course.
    Conor Fennell

  2. Jon,
    I doubt you will remember me, but I indeed remember you. I was an elementary school kid with huge hoop dreams that was also the ball boy for Whitworth for a few years while you were there. At the time (to me) you and the guys on the team seemed so impressive, you might as well have been the NBA all-star team, and all I wanted to do was be at the gym around the team. Here I sit nearly three decades later, and the impact of your interaction and kindness to me still resonates. I am sure at this point, you still have no idea who I am, and honestly, I would not expect you to remember, but after coming across your blog, I had to send you a note to let you know what an impact you made on my life, and more importantly to say thanks.
    Many of my childhood memories have faded, but a few remain vivid, and one specifically is of you and two other Bucs players coming to one of MY basketball games at Mead jr. high school when I was in 6th grade. I remember waiting until after one of the home games, and I nervously handed you and a few other players a copy of my 6th grade basketball schedule and inviting you to come watch me play. Of course, like most college kids, I am sure each of you could not imagine a less fun way to spend an early Saturday morning, but sure enough, a week later, to my surprise, the group of you walked into the gym as our warm ups began. To you, I am sure it was a forgettable event, but to me it meant the world to have you guys watching me play. As the “ball-boy” I cherished the interaction with the team and when you showed up, I knew from that moment on, that I wanted to play basketball and be a part of that type of team brotherhood for the rest of my life, and that is what I have done. I went on to play and coach high school, some college, and overseas, and have run a number of AAU programs and club teams up to this day. Basketball has always been a cornerstone of my life, and I can honestly say, a big reason I got into coaching and mentoring was because of the experience I had with you and the Whitworth team when I was young. Clearly, I am not a writer like you, but if nothing else, I hope this note conveys my most sincere gratitude and appreciation for your kindness to me and the example you provided for me as a young man and athlete. Perhaps our paths will cross again someday, but if not, please know that your actions nearly 30 years ago are still impacting people today, and I believe I am a better person for having known you so many years ago.
    Thanks,
    Casey

    • Scott-
      Thanks for the nomination. Since I am a self-centered, ego-maniac, I really do appreciate your recognition. I don’t read many blogs, but I always read yours. I will also check out the other blogs you suggested.

  3. I’m in lynden was visiting family. Just saw your blog and liked it a lot. Son michael is a chiropractor in Olympia. I live in Sioux center Iowa. Brothers bicycle shop…..and other stuff.

    • Thanks. We Eekhoffs have to stick together. My dad grew up in Iowa: Grundy Center. He lives in Port Townsend, WA now. I hear there are lots of Eekhoffs in Iowa, and I saw a statue with an Eekhoff in Hamburg Germany a few years back. I was certain growing up that I might be the last of the Eekhoff line. Thank goodness there are plenty of us out there.

      Sent from my iPad

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  4. Re:The photo with the caption that starts “My family has informed” …love this picture and the thousand words it paints- cheers

  5. Sounds like you have quite a few fans. And that you’re a really nice guy. I’m sorry to read about your son’s cancer. I hope it is under control or even gone. That would be fabulous. I have a touch of it myself and I’m happy to say it went from four patches in my small intestine down to one. I wish for you all the best.

  6. Oh one more thing. I’d love for you to drop by my blog and scan a few pieces. You might enjoy my style/topics as it’s much like yours. Ta ta.

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