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Growing up in the 1970s, John Gerken wanted to join the circus. He got his big chance when he was asked to haul a “baby” elephant halfway across the country – in the back of a van.
From the event: Tales from the Road
Gerken, 60, was raised in Omaha, Neb., moved to Dallas, Texas, and then spent more than 20 years as an executive chef and restaurant owner in Maine. He and his family returned to Iowa about a decade ago, settling in Newton where initially they owned and operated an inn.