Tell us a little about yourself:
I have worked as a photographer and journalist for Asian Newspapers in the Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington area since 2000. I have traveled and taken pictures in Egypt, Cambodia, Thailand, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Korea, and Japan.
I have met and had my picture taken of three Noble Peace Laureates: Kim Dae Jung, Jodi Williams, and F.W. de Clerk.
Because I am married to a Cambodian woman I have many Cambodian grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
I love to take pictures of any subject and experiment.
My Great grandparents were Cherokee Indian, I have two children that are half Egyptian, one half South American-Puerto Rican, Hawaiian 2nd cousins, a Cambodian wife, and I am a redneck by default. My father, Elvis King, married his cousin-in-law three days before his 99th birthday. So my 2nd cousin is my mother, and my 3rd cousins my brother and sister. My first wife divorced me and married my 70 year old uncle so my wife is now my aunt and my children are my cousins. My Great grandmother was the midwife of Abraham Lincoln.
In my life time I have worked as a forklift driver, cabinet maker, carpenter, telegrapher, gandy dancer, husbandman, pig and goat farmer, janitor, photographer, journalist, and office manager. It took me 36 years to graduate from college (1959-1995).
What one thing are you most proud of in your 71 years so far?
My being able to help and give hope to the downtrodden and poor.
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
My Autobiography and pictorial Family History.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Stay out of the sun, use sunscreen, because you will get skin cancer, Stop drinking Soda Pop, it will give you an ulcer, learn to use the photo developing kit you parents gave you, study photography and writing, it will become your passion. Don’t play basketball in College; Study and graduate.