Anchor Point

December 8, 2016

Steve Stone

What a remarkable story of forgiveness and grace.

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.


 

26 Responses So Far to “Anchor Point”:

  1. Wayne Bartow says:

    A great tribute to dad’s every where and a tribute to the sensibilities of you folks. Very touching and very deep stuff we all need remember the very essence of who we are as people. Well done my friends and keep up such really good work .

  2. Lannis Morris says:

    I’m 65years old and have 2 grand daughters that I am fortunate to see regularly. We have a place on Christmas bay on the gulf coast of Texas. I am a fisherman and sailor and I love nature and the outdoors. This video speaks my language as it relates to the call of the wild outdoors. I appreciate how a man can find beauty from the ashes. Kudos to you for finding your way to peace and happiness even though the path wasn’t an easy one. You are a good man in every sense of the word. Thanks for sharing your story. I aim to help my grand daughters find the truth you found. Very inspiring.

  3. Ariel Westphal says:

    This story feels like a caresse. Life redeemed! Future is hope! Thx so much!
    Ariel.
    Annecy, France

  4. Arthur Winer says:

    This touches deep emotions, and I’m so glad to find it here on OCH. Thanks for being so real.

  5. Alan Pickering says:

    The main rule to being a good dad, Don’t be a dick.

  6. Nicholas Theuma says:

    Touched home ….deeply

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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….

  10. Peter Brackenbury says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Michael Vaughan says:

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

  21. Paul Cronin says:

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

  22. David Mowen says:

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

  23. Vince Gallagher says:

    Wonderful. thank you.

  24. Jerry Readinger says:

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

  25. 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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