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ECU alum Mark Johnson at the foot of Mount Everest.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

East Carolina University alumnus Mark E. Johnson, a writer and adventure travel company owner, is set to released his first book, “Doofus Dad Does Everest Base Camp,” on Tuesday.

The book chronicles the author’s trek in April to the world’s tallest mountain and is written in Johnson’s self-deprecating, humorous style reminiscent of columnist Dave Barry. It also contains factual information about the trek, including itinerary, trekking statistics, gear lists, and training guides.

A 28-year resident of Middle Tennessee, Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from ECU in 1990. He was also a popular club musician in eastern North Carolina, particularly the Greenville area, from 1985 to 1992. His band, “MJ & Frenz,” featured Greenville-area musicians including ECU English professor Luke Whisnant.

As a writer, Johnson’s work has appeared in publications across the country. He is a regular blogger as well, and his “Doofus Dad” blog site is read by a worldwide audience. In 2017, Johnson and his wife, Holly, launched Hobnail Trekking Co. as one of only two American companies based east of Colorado that provide the Everest trek.

Johnson was raised on a Christmas tree farm near West Jefferson, N.C.

Johnson’s book is available now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K5JY- 5JN?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420. It is available in paperback, Kindle and audio-book formats and will also be carried by the online stores of Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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