Dennis Hinkamp was born in St. Louis, MO in 1956, got and BS and MS in Journalism and Consumer Science at the University of Missouri Columbia where he also ran cross country and track for four years. He took his very first job as a writer/editor at Utah State University in Logan, UT in 1980 and never left. He wrote a Ralph Nader style consumer information column for the Salt Lake Tribune for 13 years and 30 years running has written a more eclectic column for the Logan Herald Journal and Salt Lake Catalyst Magazine called “Slightly Off Center.” He has taken some breaks from Utah State University as a visiting writer at Oregon State University, Iowa State University and New Mexico State University. A couple of his side gigs have been 22 consecutive years volunteering with the media team at Burning Man. He also actually got paid to perform standup comedy almost every weekend for 10 years in the 1990s. For the last 15 years he has added visual arts to his resume producing instructional videos, stills and is one of those annoying licensed drone pilot/photographer guys. He and his partner Susan Buffler and their dog Champ spend a lot of time on the back roads of Utah and Nevada. There are so many stories to be found outside the National Parks.