About Jack Vanderwyk

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I’m Jack Vanderwyk, I was born in 1951, and my nationality is Dutch. I used to live in Nice, France, and in St Leonards-on-Sea, U.K. In July 2011 I returned to the Netherlands.

I started my professional career when I was 15, as a ship’s chef. Then I studied political science in Moscow (Patrice Lumumba University), worked in Northern Ireland and South Africa as a political adviser, managed a bar in the Amsterdam Red Light District for two years, went back to sea as a head chef on a traditional tall ship with 75 passengers and 65 crew, ended up in New York, where I lived in the Chelsea Hotel for a couple of weeks, until I ran out of money and had to find a job, which was social worker for serious heroin addicts in Harlem. Back in Holland I became a probation officer for the same group of addicts in Amsterdam and I founded and managed several walk-in centres throughout the country.

After that intensive period of my life I tried to slow down and translated and edited 74 non-fiction books (English to Dutch) in my Dutch name, Jaap van der Wijk. I also was a breeder of Labrador Retrievers for more than 10 years, with my kennel Joe Batt’s Arm, and I was the founder of LabradorNet, which I still own.

After my retirement I picked up painting once more (my favorites are portraits) and recently I started to write about my years in the Amsterdam Red Light District, which is interconnected with the Amsterdam gangland. I write both fact and fiction.


3 Responses to About Jack Vanderwyk

  1. thea says:

    I would like to know, if there is more recent information about E.I.C. in Labradors.
    I do have a black labrador ( 5 years old on april 7 2012), whose mum and gran are from field-trial breedings. Binnenkort heb ik een gesprek met de Vet over E.I.C in mijn Labrador.Hij heeft het herkend in Finn, maar weet er weinig over. Dus ik ben zelf gaan zoeken en vond U.
    My dog’s dad is from the U.S.A. We found him on your list. (Devinshire Wilson Dream of the Hill)
    Ik hoop dat U contact met mij wilt opnemen.
    Op advies van de Vet, ben ik gestopt met jachttraining. Bloedonderzoek heeft niets aan het licht gebracht. Finn voldoet aan de beschrijving “extremely fit, muscular, prime athletic specimen of his breed and an excitable temperament and more than lots of drive. De jachttrainer zegt van hem “Die zwarte gaat overal dwars doorheen”

    Alvast mijn dank,
    Thea de Laat

  2. Joe Crews says:

    Anymore living descendants of the Kerensky’s of which you are aware?

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