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Episode 19 - WalkAbout - Part 2 - Jeff Burt-Gracik and Matt Wright

Host(s): Brandon Hill and Dustin Fenton

Guest(s): Jeff Burt-Gracik and Matt Wright

Synopsis of the show: Friends continue to reminisce about an epic backpacking trip, a favorite professor, and an encounter with bears.

Listen to Part 1 HERE.

Story parts:

[00:01:00] – Remembering a favorite faculty member - Dr Guy Chase

[00:01:25] - Unique painting subject matter

[00:01:54] - Jeff shares the influence that Dr Chase had on his life

[00:04:20] - Matt shares the about the quiet wisdom that Dr Chase was willing to share with others.

[00:06:10] - Dr Chase trips and falls down the trail

[00:07:38] - An adventure with some bears

Quotes from the show:

"I wanted to reconnect with him, and that's when I found out that he had passed away, and it was devastating to find that out." [00:03:47]

"Guy honestly was one of the most boring lecturers, [but on WalkAbout], he rarely spoke unless he actually had something to say, ...and when he did we would all turn around..[to listen].." [00:04:39]

"I don't remember what he was this idea that what he said was poetic" [00:05:28]

"I learned from him in the way that he lived his life." [00:05:48]

“The scariest moment for me was when the bear walked between the tiny space between our tents.” [00.11:52]

Photographs from WalkAbout 1999

Guest Biographies:

Jeff Burt-Gracik: Jeff Burt-Gracik is an entrepreneur and artisan behind J. Alan Pipes and Alan Brothers Supply Co. His flagship brand was founded in 2004, and with innovative design, uncompromising quality, and global partnerships has led it to become one of the world leaders in its industry. Jeff is an alumnus of Greenville College (B.A., 2001) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2006) and holds an honorary Master of Pipes (2018) award for his contributions to his industry. He lives with his wife and two children in San Diego, California where he enjoys photography, cycling, cooking, and travel with his family in his free time.


Matt Wright: Matt was born and raised in a small southern Illinois town named Olney, Illinois. He has been married since 2002 to Nikki and has two teenage boys, Mason and Landon. He graduated from Greenville University in 2003 with a degree in Fine Arts. He works as the Head Tennis Professional at the Oak Brook Tennis Center near Chicago. He also works as an artist and teaches calligraphy courses at College of Dupage. Examples of his artwork can be seen on his Instagram @donavonmatthews.

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