Anchor Point

December 8, 2016

Steve Stone

What a remarkable story of forgiveness and grace.

The title of this film is "Anchor Point", a term I wasn't familiar with.

ME: "Siri, what is the meaning of anchor point?"

SIRI: "An anchor point is a point on an archer's face (such as the chin) against which the drawing hand is placed in order to stabilize the archer's aim before the release of the arrow."

Thanks to J.T. Van Zandt, a fly-fishing guide in central Texas, for opening up so honestly about your family in this film, so we could all reflect on our own relationships with our fathers and sons.

I stumbled onto this little film/ad randomly on the web, and as I was watching it, it reminded of a couple guys I knew in Austin, Texas, who I learned a lot from in a previous life. It felt like it had the soul of Bryan Jessee and his creative work, along with the brilliance of Mark McGarrah's marketing mind.

ME: "Siri, where is YETI based?"

SIRI: "YETI is headquartered in Austin, Texas".

ME: "Siri, who is YETI's advertising agency?"

SIRI: "YETI's advertising agency is McGarrah-Jessee in Austin, Texas."

In a way, we can all thank Mark McGarrah and Bryan Jessee for Off Center Harbor. A lot of what I learned from these guys is at the core of what has made OCH work. The world is so small, and as it spins full circle, it's hard to know the influence we have on people. Please know that I'm grateful, Mark and Bryan.


 

21 Responses So Far to “Anchor Point”:

  1. Nicholas Theuma says:

    Touched home ….deeply

  2. Jim Hansen says:

    Yesterday, on Father’s Day, my son and lovely daughter-in-law came over for dinner. They brought a nice cake and a card. But what really went to my heart was simply the word ‘Dad’ that my son had written on the envelope. It meant the world to me.

  3. John Hooge says:

    Since seeing this the first time, I keep coming back to it and know I will continue doing so. To me this may be the best example of why it is appropriate for OCH to post videos by others. It is wonderfully made and meaningful in so many ways.

  4. Dennis Moroney says:

    This short film moved me deeply. Thanks so much for sharing it. My dad was often gone, and my grandparents were all far away, but i had the freedom to spend day after endless day out in nature, and when i did get to spend time with my dad, it was often camping and fishing, and later, backpacking in the Grand Canyon, and its tributaries.
    We adopted two kids when we were in our early 40’s. they grew up outdoors on our ranch with lots of animals and a wilderness lifestyle. We camped, kayaked, danced and worked together as a family. Now they are both parents, with busy lives, and i have three granddaughters that i rarely get to see. I hope that changes in the future. I would so much love to share with them the joys of being out on the water, and living close to nature. Too soon old, too late smart….

  5. Peter Brackenbury says:

    What a beautiful journey! I had no idea this would be such a gem. Thanks for finding it.

  6. Douglas semivan says:

    Thanks… BEING a father is the best experience I have ever had. I am so lucky that my children did not one thing to hurt themselves or anyone else.

  7. Steven Schwartz says:

    Almost skipped this one. Not that much interest in a fly fishing video. But the name Van Zandt caught my eye and I wondered if there was any relation to Townes Van Zandt. A ways in before you realize it’s his father. Townes was truly a tortured genius and to see the next two generations evolve from that the way they did is revelatory. Dog in a boat never hurts either. Best short video I’ve ever seen and would have made the OCH subscription price worthwhile all by itself.

  8. Eigil Rothe says:

    Letting go and forgiving are very difficult. An observation that helps me: our obsession with our problems leaves no room for their solutions.

  9. Allen Sawyer says:

    Wow! This video highlights all the challenges of living and being a father. Each and everyday I strive towards being the best I can at both. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed. In the end my wife and daughters will be the judges.

    I hope and pray that there will be more successes than failures when the story is fully told.

    Allen

  10. George Weinbrenner says:

    Raised in an orphanage 11 years. Where was He? I too found my escape in nature. The woods and lakes were where I self taught woodcraft and boating. Regrets for what could have been, but no looking back. Thankfully I had wonderful teachers step into my life and guided me through the passage to manhood.

  11. Frank Harris says:

    Wow! Thank you for posting such a wonderful documentary. I was moved by J.T.’s story, and inspired by his pursuit of that which counts most in life.

  12. Ralph Eade says:

    Hi Steve some great memories an absentee father can shape your in two ways thanklfully in my way was the good positive way – look forwarded to seeing OCH down in Tasmania at the AWBF in February 17

  13. chip puhl says:

    Steve,
    Wow, and just when I thought OCH couldn’t possibly get any better. I get to watch Anchor Point and I’m overcome with memories of the greatness of my late dad and making me question who I am as a dad and now as a granddad.

    Thanks, Chip Puhl

  14. Michael Hiss says:

    it is like a mirror to my father. sometime it’s difficult with my poor English and I hope I got the words right in my ears.
    Thank You
    Michael

  15. Michael Vaughan says:

    Eximious! It just keeps getting better… and what a finale!

  16. Paul Cronin says:

    Great story to make us think about what really matters in life.
    Thanks for sharing

  17. David Mowen says:

    ” – – – – – – – go home and be a man!” – – -Resonates for we who have fallen short.

  18. Vince Gallagher says:

    Wonderful. thank you.

  19. Jerry Readinger says:

    Thanks Steve!
    I think this hits home with a great many of us.
    -Jerry

  20. James Arthur says:

    Wow Steve, this really hits a bunch of exquisitely bittersweet spots for me, just like Townes did. What an incredible document this is! Thanks for pointing it out!

    P.S. enjoyed sailing with you at MASCF, hope to see you down east this summer, Jim

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