Welcome to my personal web pages. Some links to other pages:
Here's my picture gallery (such as it is). The thumbnails are hyperlinked to the full-size picture.
This is a 1950's postcard of a painting of Van's Cafe,
a restaurant in Brainerd started by my grandfather in 1923 and then
owned by my father until his retirement in 1976.
It was a familiar sight to vacationers in the Brainerd area.
Here I am, in my DOOM II T-shirt, standing outside the log cabin
that I own on Rice Lake just outside of Brainerd.
Notice the vertical log and mortar construction.
A wider angle shot, showing more of the area between the cabin and the shore.
There is no sandy beach - it's all woodland down to the water's edge.
A shot from the end of the lawn (if you can call it that) toward the lake,
showing more of the cabin itself, and one of the enormous pines next to
the cabin. There is also a small outbuilding to the right.
A typical sunset. Heh-heh. Not really. This one was pretty nice.
This picture was taken out the picture window visible in the above photos.
Another sunset. That's me in the chair with my brother's dog, Heidi, nearby.
Three cool pictures of my brother's dog, Heidi, jumping after balls
off the dock or up out of the water. Pictures by
A picture of me, cropped from a group photo taken in 1984 before I
turned into my grandfather and started getting offered 10% Senior discounts
at various businesses.
A picture of me, cropped from a group photo taken in 1997
during a trip to Virginia where I visited the world headquarters of
3D Gamers, LLC, a company that my two partners (a Dutch citizen and a
native of Poland) and I created in 1996 which was
acquired by IGN Entertainment in 2005 and shut down in 2008.
A picture of me, cropped from a photo taken in the summer of 2008 at my
cabin after setting up my new iMac (with the help of my nephew-in-law, Dave).
March 18, 2013
by John Van Essen (University of Minnesota Alumnus)