Hi there. I’m your host, Jason Bennion, not to be confused with the Welsh illustrator, the baseball player, or the Arizona dentist who share my name.
A friend once told me I was “an analog kind of guy lost in a digital world,” and that seems as good a thumbnail description for me as any, but if you’d like to know a bit more, here are a few factoids for the curious newcomer:
I was born at the end of the 1960s, enjoyed a happy childhood in the ’70s, and became a teenager in the Awesome ’80s, which means I remember the way things were before the world moved on.
I grew up and still live in the general vicinity of Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the LDS Church, the 2002 Olympics, and (according to our license plates) The Greatest Snow on Earth™. No, I am not Mormon myself.
I’m a curmudgeonly champion for all the pop culture of my Gen X youth: the original 1960s Star Trek series, the pre-Special Edition Star Wars, the version of Battlestar Galactica that featured a chimp in a robot-dog suit, and laid-back TV detectives with mustaches. In my view, Deckard is not a replicant, Connery was the best Bond, and Christopher Reeve will always be my Superman.
I miss the rural landscape of my youth far more than I ever would’ve imagined.
Back in middle school, I was placed in a specialized program for “gifted and talented” kids. I struggle with the pressure of living up to that label even now in middle age.
My first jobs were at movie theaters — projectionist, then usher, then projectionist again — and in many ways, they’re still the best jobs I’ve ever had.
I love to travel and explore, and it depresses me that I won’t live long enough to see all the places on my wish list. I have a restless heart and identify with stories about wanderers.
I’m proud to call myself a liberal Democrat whose political heroes are FDR and RFK. I don’t shop at Hobby Lobby and I don’t eat at Chik-Fil-A. I believe that Americans should have universal healthcare like every other advanced nation on Earth, and that this would do a lot more for personal freedom than gun ownership does. I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state, a woman’s right to choose, and that “E Pluribus Unum” is a better motto for our nation than “In God We Trust.”
I’m an advocate for the Oxford comma and no, that hyphen does not “look weird.”
I dig pretty ladies, single-malt whiskey, old movies, antique cars, driving with the top down, classic rock and blues, a good burger, neon signs, summer nights, fall afternoons, early MTV music videos, pin-up art, and mid-century-modern design. I’m interested in history, manned space flight, and creative writing.
And yes, I do like pina coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain.
Welcome to my mind. Such as it is.