BIOGRAPHY OF RANDY LEE EICKHOFF
Randy Lee Eickhoff holds Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology degrees and is the author of 29 books. His novel And Not to Yield was selected as the Best Novel 2004 by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage. His only nonfiction work on the Tigua Indians in Texas, Exiled, won the Southwest Book Award. His new and highly annotated translation of Homer's Odyssey has been cited as the translation for students. In addition, he has also written under the name Brian Cullen and Luke Cypher.
Until his conversion to Roman Catholicism, he was at Lay Speaker for many years in the United Methodist Church.
After serving with distinction in the early phases of the Vietnam War where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star, Eickhoff began working on The Lincoln Star in Lincoln, Nebraska, first as a crime reporter and then a sports columnist. But he became disillusioned with newspaper work after ten years and entered education, teaching at all levels for twenty-eight years until his retirement in 2002. He moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he still lives while writing full-time, producing translations from Old Irish, Anglo-Saxon, and Ancient Greek. His translation of Ireland’s national myth, Tain Bo Culainge (Cattle-raid of Cooley) is still being used as a textbook in schools in Ireland and several universities. His translation and dense annotation of Homer’s Odyssey is also being used in schools.
Randy was born in South Dakota where he lived as a child until his parents, Raymond and Eldina Eickhoff, moved to Nebraska. He is divorced and has two children and three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He divides his time between Fort Worth and Ireland and traveling.
Enough of that!!! Let's get down to the brass tacks (to coin a dead metaphor). Life is just too damn short to be so serious although I must admit that there are times when one has to be serious. Still, I often find myself laughing at how serious people do take themselves at times. Myself included. Not that belly-roll laughter, you understand, but the kind that just sort of bubbles up from somewhere deep inside and let's you know that everything is really all right with the day.
I enjoy cooking (ah, those gourmet dishes borrowed and created), dinking around on the keyboard, reading, writing (no kidding!), climbing aboard Ol' Shadow (my motorcycle---since entering my second childhood I decided to spoil myself) and heading out to explore the countryside, art museums (well, any museum for that matter), plays, symphonies, operas, football, baseball, basketball, quiet walks in the moonlight, a cup of good coffee on the patio watching the sun go down and the moon come up (yes, I'm a romantic and realize that this really doesn't happen according to the physical laws of the universe), and old movies---well, not necessarily that old!!!
So my advice: grab a book, head for the beach, travel, ski, enjoy life. And laugh, damnit! There's enough sadness in the world!!!