William (Bill) Hoke, Owner
An only child, Bill was raised on a farm just outside Mount Vernon, IA where he dug bunkers, fixed things, blew other things up, and generally learned how to keep himself entertained. He attended the University of Iowa where he majored in European History, had a band called Billy Howke and The Hoax, and made a narrowly unsuccessful run for student senate with the powerful slogan, "I'd vote for you if you were running."
He runs an annual Thanksgiving marathon from Iowa City back to the Hoke Farm in Mt. Vernon called the WHATDAM, which stands for the William Hoke Annual Thanksgiving Day Marathon (he always wins since he's the only runner), tends a giant garden in his back yard that's usually pretty squash-centric, and helps out on the family farm during planting and harvest. You can find him every Sunday at 9:30AM at the Motley Cow's brunch buffet.
Eric Jones, Owner
Eric grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the third of four brothers. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, earned a Master's degree in English at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing at the University of Iowa. He's the author of two travel books that are supposed to be funny, Iowa Curiosities and New Hampshire Curiosities, collections that highlight each state's quirkiest people, places, and attractions. (If you've never seen St. Ansgar, Iowa's stuffed albino deer, permanently housed in its own little gazebo on Main St., then your life is not complete.)