Eyes for Wonder

John Bucher and His Passion for Storytelling

Krista Stryker

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Illustration by Mihajlo Stojanovic

“I believe there’s wonder waiting around the corner for all of us.” — John Bucher

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Years ago — before he became head of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, before he served as a teacher at the most storied human potential institution in the world, before he created comics with Marvel, before he wrote six books, before he built new universes in online games, before he helped some of the world’s most influential people tell their stories in wildly new and authentic ways, before he became an honorary member of the Magic Castle, before he had his own Star Wars action figure — Bucher was just an everyday kid from Eastern Texas who couldn’t wait for the weekend. That’s when his parents would grant him his special allowance.

His family only had a little money, but they had just enough for John and his two brothers for them each to choose two VHS movies every week to rent from Movies and Sounds, the local video store. Eventually, they made their way through the entirestore.

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Krista Stryker

Performance coach, writer, and athlete. I write about how you can experience personal transformation through movement and exercise. www.kristastryker.com