Being an internet basketball personality of some stature, people send me links to different NBA stories all the time. I don’t mean to brag, but that’s just the kind of life I’m living these days. Life in the link lane.

But anyways, earlier this morning Matt Bailey of Hoopism sent me this link about Mark Eaton’s appearance at Taste of the Wasatch, a charity fundraiser in Solitude, UT, which I just googled and found out is a real place. In it, we learn some facts about the former Jazz center and what he’s been up to these days. But once I heard those facts, I had to find out more. Ergo, here are a bunch of random facts I learned while reading this article and then googling about it afterwards. I feel like this will be good for all of us.

  • Mark Eaton is a managing partner in a couple of Utah restaurants, Franck’s and Tuscany.  That’s why he was at Taste of the Wasatch.
  • At TotW, Mark Eaton’s Franck’s served beef and strawberry ice cream, which is unfortunately not two separate things, but is instead what I think Rachel cooked in that one episode of “Friends” where she botched a traditional English trifle.
  • Not only are Tuscany and Franck’s some of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City, they are also some of the most romantic.
  • Mark Eaton is on LinkedIn, which is fine. But what is notable is that he’s on LinkedIn as “Big Mark Eaton.” So when you’re networking online, make sure not to be fooled by any of the imitation Mark Eaton’s out there. Way too small.
  • There is also a Mark Eaton website: Because in case you were forgetting, Mark Eaton is super tall. You could even theoretically call him Big Mark Eaton.
  • There is a town in England called “Markeaton” that I don’t think has anything to do with Big Mark. It’s a real Chevy Chase, MA situation.
  • It’s pretty well-known that Mark Eaton was a mechanic immediately after high school, but if you weren’t aware, you should probably know that there used to be a 7-foot-4 mechanic who eventually became a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
  • According to Mark Eaton, it was Wilt Chamberlain who taught him how to be good at basketball, mostly by telling him to just block shots and rebound.
  • Mark Eaton has a gigantic bike.

So there you go — just a few Mark Eaton facts to tide you over for the day. Maybe you knew some of these, maybe not. All I know is at the end of the day, you can say to yourself, “I thought about Mark Eaton today.” That’s not something that comes up every day, but it sure is nice when it does.