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Steve Eaton


Steve Eaton is a freelance writer who lives in Logan. He writes a column for the Deseret News and is a beloved commentator on Utah Public Radio.


9:07 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Trombone Playing Father Came Up With Plan to Thwart Bully

Steve Eaton's dad, Ed Eaton, never took himself too seriously.
Credit Eaton Family

On this Father's Day, UPR special contributor and Deseret News columnist Steve Eaton reflects on life with his father, Ed.

I suppose some people would find my father’s behavior embarrassing.

I’m sure some frightened people were probably tempted, at first, to call the cops when they discovered him on their front lawn early in the morning playing happy birthday to them on his trombone. By his own admission, his old battered instrument from college never could deliver that pure sound he hoped it would. But if he was on your front lawn, it was played with such reckless abandon that it would be easy to imagine it represented 75 more trombones gathered together in a parade in your honor.

Despite his unorthodox approach to life, my father has four grown children who see such acts of off-tune love quite remarkable. To say we are proud of Dad, is an understatement. No one else had a dad who wore an umbrella hat in public.

UPR special contributor Steve Eaton reflects on life with his father, Ed.

He was a trend-setter for us. For example, my Dad taught us the sweetness of the “slow roll.” My Mom, who was always a grownup, was sharing with us something long and important at a family meeting when my Dad started to rock back and forth slowly on the floor on his back - as if he was in a giant infant rockaRoo.

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12:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Marathon Man

UPR's Steve Eaton says he'll be running in a marathon next year. You can call him "Marathon Man."

11:31 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Stop Wrecking The Snow!!

Steve Eaton discusses his view of the snow- from growing up in Washington to living in Utah: snow is something special for him.

"People just wreck the snow in Utah. I know, I know, they call it the "Greatest Snow on Earth" and they charge people to see it. But they don't treat it with the respect it deserves.

In the olden days, when I lived in the state of Washington, we had a different attitude. That was back before Al Gore invented global warming, and things started getting colder in Washington. Back then, snow was rare. You didn't really need to watch the weather forecast in Washington unless there was a possibility snow was coming.

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1:02 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Star Trek: A stressful experience for Steve Eaton

The new Star Trek movie is out, but Steve Eaton may or may not be at the theater. He has PTSTPRTS: Post Traumatic Star Trek Public Relations Trauma Syndrome from a traumatic experience with Cpt. Kirk and Spock. He tells us why you may be postponed from seeing the movie.

Listen to Steve tell you about Star Trek

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10:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

My Big Mouth

Steve Eaton talks today about the trouble he's gotten into when the words tumble from his mouth. Always in good humor and fun, sometimes the wrong things come out. And sometimes, they're the right things. 

11:31 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Wedding Announcements and Photos

Why should all wedding announcement pictures be the same? Steve Eaton thinks they should be as unique as the individual. 

10:56 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Garage Sale Lessons

Steve Eaton talks all about the tricks of getting just what you want, and maybe what you don't really need, at a garage sale. 

11:17 am
Tue June 12, 2012

A Dog's Life with Steve Eaton

Steve Eaton talks about the dogs in his life, the four legged ones, and the lessons we can learn from them. 

3:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Camping Regrets with Steve Eaton

"The weather's warming up which means it's time to remember the colossal mistake."

8:56 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Is It Ever Okay to Eat a Cookie Before 7:00 AM?

Every family has an official designated shopper. Steve Eaton's family has a strict list of approved foods and forbidden food. As a columnist, it's his responsibility to talk about important issues of the day like eating chocolate chip cookies before 7:00 a.m. Also about the relationship between pink slime and the Occupy Wall Street movement.