Dennis Hinkamp

Dennis Hinkamp grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia BS, MS Journalism before moving to Utah in 1980. He has been writing his column "Slightly Off Center" for 22 years. For his “day job,” he is a multimedia specialist at Utah State University in Logan.

A former standup comedian, Dennis won the Utah Laugh Off in 1989. After about 10 years of shows every weekend in some seedy bar or club, he gave up on that career. His other phases include Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, triathlons, home remodeling and Burning Man.


Articles

Expand, Live

Slightly Off Center: September 2018

Nostalgia at the shallow end Nostalgia is a public pool filled with warm memories at the shallow end, but in the deep end there be monsters disguised as beguiling Sirens. You may e …

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Think

Slightly Off Center: Superpowers

I never read comic books as a kid because, like many “only” children, I was an adult child. I spent most of my reading time browsing science books at the library. I could recite ev …

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Entertainment

Don’t Get Me Started: July 2018

The heat is on. Ned: How’s the cop business, Oscar? Oscar: Real good. Always starts hopping in weather like this. When it gets this hot, people try to kill each other. — Body Heat …

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Think

Slightly Off Center: Hey Bud

Will ears become vestigial organs or just sort of coat racks for our wired and unwired devices? It’s hard to say. Everyone already looks at their phones and lovingly caresses them, …

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Culture

Slightly Off Center: May 2018

How to talk TED. I speak many languages that are all English. I can talk sports, science, tech, downstate Missourian and TED. I can help you with the last one. Time may be running …

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Live

Slightly Off Center: Homeless or Home Free?

There’s a van and a small camper that keep popping up in various parking lots around town. I won’t describe them in more detail because I don’t want to impinge on their joie de cam …

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Community

Slightly Off Center: Logan is Horribly Wonderful

For the most part, Logan is horribly average which is mostly good. People who have stayed here too long, present company included, like to find things to complain about, but that’s …

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Technology, Think

Slightly Off Center: CES Excess

As a kid, I never wanted a pony; I wanted a robot. As proof that we never really grow up, one of my life goals has been to go to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I …

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Connect, Enjoy, Memior

Slightly Off Center: January 2018

For a dancer. Trigger warning: this might make you cry. It made me cry writing it, but it was a joyful cathartic cry. On December 6, our 18-pound 14.5-year-old package of fury, att …

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Slightly Off Center: Death and Taxes.

The curse and blessing of living six decades and having serviceable memory skills is that you notice patterns in everything. That and clichés become more irritating. “Death and tax …

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Slightly Off Center: Words Matter

“Famous last Snapchats” — not likely. I flirt with photography, but I’m committed to words. On any given day I have a harem of cameras in my car. I have cameras on drones, one for …

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Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Banality Kills

Some of the things I’m most proud of are things I don’t or didn’t do. I’m not talking about the big stuff.  For instance, I have never started a nuclear war or run over a panda wit …

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Slightly Off Center: Stories Are Telling

What’s in a story? Is it truth, entertainment, fiction, lies or bits of each?   We live in the golden age of self-indulgent story telling where everyone has a blog or a podcast. A …

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Slightly Off Center: The War on Stuff

Like everything that makes America great, we tend to take dogma several steps too far. We can’t just have less gluten; we need to be gluten free. We can’t just build a fence; we ne …

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Dining Out, Eat, Enjoy, Expand, Food & Health

Slightly Off Center: Box food revolution

I am never going to be a Foodie. Maybe it is due to a linguistic bias. I have a visceral reaction to words that end that way; hoodie, goodies, veggies, panties and Denny are among …

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