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HOW TO GET AN INTERVIEW

Call Mill City Music at (612-722-6649). Ask for John. If the interview is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, leave date / time / place / interview questions with John. Eskit will show up as scheduled. If the interview is long distance, leave date / time / interview questions with John. Eskit will call back at the appointed hour and consummate the interview by telephone.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Eskit may act like he knows everything, but he doesn't. Give him a surprise question and he sounds like President Bush without cue cards. That's why Eskit insists on being prepared. Please submit your questions in advance! If Eskit doesn't get his way he's not going to declare war and start bombing (unlike SOME PEOPLE we know), but he will still retaliate by being a bore. He's not what you would call a quick thinker.

While all relevant questions will be entertained, the following excerpts from the CDs 'Biographical Highlights' are recommended for their human or political interest, and can be categorized as follows:

Family History

  • 1947 …. Born the great-great-nephew of Omie Deller Iney Mae.
  • 1994-1999 …. His grandmother (WWI / Pinching the Behind / The Cemetery).

Humor

  • 1965 …. Kicked out of two churches for playing the organ without permission. (Story 1)
    Campus Crusade For Christ & The Roommate. (Story 2)
  • 1966 …. Garbage collector for 'Up With People'.
  • 1968…Works on a ranch stacking hay. Yodels on the haystack. Gets complaints.(Story 1)
    Not allowed to drive the tractor. (Story 2) [Best with visuals]
    Meets the nurse. (Story 3)
  • 1969 …. Mama Cook goes to the meeting.
  • 1970 …. Commissar in Yugoslavia helps him out of town. (Story 1)
    Swindled in Calcutta. (Story 2)
    Accused of hippie inclinations by Singapore border guards. (Story 3)
  • 1971 …. At the Australian Opera he is told not to sing.
  • 1972 …. Learns the hazards of upstaging the star. [Best with visuals]
  • 1973 …. An extra in Italian movies …. Fellini likes his photo. [Best with visuals]
  • 1975 …. Banned in Boston. [To be effective, this story requires use of a four-letter word]
  • 1976 …. Identity crisis at Mass. General Hospital.
  • 1987 …. Almost run out of Vineland, New Jersey.
  • 1990 …. Political yard signs and bunny slippers.

Politics

  • 1947+ …Learns about segregation.
  • 1964 …. Is introduced to John Birch Society.
  • 1965 …. Joins 'Sing-Out Nashville'. Meets undercover FBI agent.
  • 1968 …. Poor People's March on Washington.
  • 1971 …. Is offered job with US Army. Declines. Rooms with draft dodger from
    Czechoslovakia. (Story 1)
    Railroad fettler. (Story 2)
  • 1972 …. Sneaks back into the United States. [Best with visuals]
  • 1974 …. Produces benefit for Amnesty International. (Story 1)
    Helps create, with John Olday, the Black Flag Anarchist Cabaret. (Story 2)
  • 1975+ .. Banned at WBUR (Boston).
  • 1976 …. Launches campaign for President of the United States.
  • 1977 …. Arrested for protesting at the Seabrook nuclear power plant.
  • 1980 …. Works for 'John Anderson For President'.
  • 1986 …. Evicted from Missouri Congressional race. Goes to homeless shelter.
  • 1987 …. Field organizer for 'Jesse Jackson for President'. Is Jim Hightower's driver
    (for 2 days) (Story 1)
    Goes to National Democratic Convention and, with Paul Wellstone's help, ends up working for Minnesota Dukakis campaign. (Story 2)
    Almost run out of Vineland, New Jersey. (Story 3)

Music

  • 1965 …. [See 'Humor']
  • 1967 …. Mackinac Music.
  • 1971 …. [See 'Humor']
  • 1972 …. Attempted busking. Entertaining the kangaroos. Nikolai Nyetchikov.
  • 1974 …. Is accosted during 'The Happy Homosexual Hour'.
    (Political correctness run amok)
  • 1975+ .. Banned at WBUR [See 'Politics'].
  • 1978 …. Children's book is based on one of his songs.
  • 1979 …. Southern Vermont Old Time Fiddlers Association.
  • 1980 …. Opens for Nina Simone.
  • 1981 …. Tries to take Nashville by storm.
  • 1984 …. Writes topical songs for Minnesota Public Radio.
  • 1990's .. Plays, over and over, two songs for his grandmother.

Other

  • 1970 …. Hitches a ride on a horse in Afghanistan.
  • 1979 …. Odd-jobs in Vermont, including an assignment with the cock-fighting heir of a toilet paper fortune. (Story 1)
    Interviews 100-year-olds. (Story 2)
  • 2000 …. Census taker.