About

Where to start.

I live in a house I built mostly myself in the San Bernardino Mountain community of Running Springs with my wife, Tammy. 

Ready to head out anywhere!

 

Additonally, we have two other homes in Mexico. One is 75 miles south of the Mexican border at playa de estero near the beach community of Ensenada, Mexico, B.C. The other is about 400 miles south of the border, on the Sea of Cortez, in bahia de los angeles, Baja. Our place is located on a quiet little beach called Campo Gecko. So we enjoy the best of two worlds, the mountains and the beach.

I am retired from both education and the movie business. But keep busy as an educational consultant specializing in helping school districts make transformational change. 

I hold a merchant marine officer’s commission as a U.S. Coast Guard approved Captain for vessels up to 100 tons. When I am not working at school districts, I work in the sport fishing fleet off the California and Mexican Coasts.

My other interests are adventure travel, writing, road and mountain biking, fishing, SCUBA and freediving, kayaking, and most importantly, motorcycles. I love riding my BMW R 1200 GSA on and off-road. Both Tammy and I ride our adventure bikes anywhere  we can camp and explore.  I’m happiest on two wheels–in fact I just think better when riding a mt. bike or moto. 

 

Bahia de los angeles

 

Upon finishing my graduate studies, I landed a position as a research assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Washoe Project which focused on teaching ASL to chimpanzees. I worked mainly as the language consultant in this project and spent most of my days in the company of chimpanzees.

Ken with Moja - Washoe project. Signing chimpanzee

Ken with Moja – Washoe project. Signing chimpanzee

It was extremely challenging work and I continued with it until I was approached by a CBS production company to join them as a technical advisor and animal trainer.

I eventually built one of the largest studio animal compounds in Hollywood. It housed over 300 animals on 38 acres in the Santa Ana River bottom near Norco, CA.

Congo - African Elephant

Congo – African Elephant

 

I trained Clyde the orangutan in the Clint Eastwood movie “Any Which Way You Can”. I worked with Harrison Ford in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and went to Brazil to train the jaguars in John Boorman’s “The Emerald Forest”.

My craft took me all over the world to various film locations. I am not sure how many shows I worked on in my career but it must have been over a hundred productions ranging from features to television commercials.

I appeared on most of the talk shows of the day including “Late Night with David Letterman.” I am a recipient of the coveted PATSY Award, given by the American Humane Society for my work as a chimp trainer on the Television Series, “Simon and Simon.”

Also, I am a writer. My new novel, Almost Human,  will be released in the Spring 2015.

Cover design my Casey Whitsell.

Cover design my Casey Whitsell.

I have traveled extensively all over the world not just as a tourist but where I had to fit in and make a living. My graduate studies in anthropology helped me considerably to act as a participant-observer. I learned that knowing the culture of an area is every bit as important as as knowing the language.

I take this knowledge and attitude when adventure motorcycling around the world. 

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41 thoughts on “About

  1. Tammy

    Great website

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  2. It’s a great introduction to what you’re about. I think that length probably does matter to some, which is why I signed up with for this course; however, I feel that if people are clicking on the link “about” it’s because they want to know more about the person behind the blog, so they will be more than willing to read it unless it’s War and Peace length, haha. I also have a long about but that’s why I separated it into it’s own page. I don’t know, it’s how I feel, don’t know if that’s correct but it’s the way I feel..

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  3. Get out of here!! Love this “About” page, I like to get an idea of the who, what, and why of a person.
    What a full rounded life your living. Enjoy!

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  4. Very kind of you to say, Jesebell. If I’ve learned anyting, it is you have to live life’s drama to get anything out it. You have a great blog as well and it is clear you’ve been busy! 🙂

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  5. annehjelle

    I like the photos ~ I think they add a personal touch to the details.

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  6. Daleen

    Wow! What an amazing life you’ve had so far and are continuing to have! Love the look of your blog. It has ‘Adventure!’ written all over it

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  7. Wow! What a life! I feel a bit dull in comparison!

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  8. Very kind, James. I’m following your blog and from the looks of it you’ve been busy as well. Thanks for visiting my blog. I just don’t watch much TV and I’m guessing you don’t either. 🙂 Regards!

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  9. I really think your site is awesome!
    The sites you see are amazing. Great blog!
    Karina

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  10. Wow, great intro and great work you have done. Found you through About.me website. I moved from Mozambique as a kid after the war there, then lived in South Africa until I finished college, got married and then moved to the USA with only $3000 bucks in my pocket I still consider myself lucky for what I have. I have traveled all over the USA and all the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. My next big trip will be Baja and then one day South America. Check my blog, I’m now going to read yours.

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  11. Hello Baja Moto Quest!
    I would just like to say that I love your blog and I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please click on the below link, which links to the Liebster Award section of my blog, so you can start nominating and answering my questions for you! Congratulations again!

    P.S. I know you have already been nominated for an award, but since i really think your blog is great, I couldn’t help it 🙂

    https://karinateuma.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/liebster-award/

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  12. Thank you for following:) your blog looks interesting and love your about page…very similar to one my posts…I like to illustrate things with pictures:)))

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  13. I love that you built your house yourself. You definitely found the best of the Natural worlds… I love the mountains, the ocean, the forests. Looking forward to reading all about your adventures.

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  14. WOW!! What else is there to add? Looking forward to read more about your adventures!

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  15. Hello, I have the pleasure to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award:) Enjoy https://myredpage.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/versatile-blogger-award/

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  16. Ken, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Now that I look more closely I see that you’ve been nominated before. Oh well – you deserve it.

    I like your site – you write about a variety of things and I get to “travel” with you on your adventures. You are inspiring. Here are the details: http://mariegriffith.me/support/

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  17. Kenneth, I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” Feel free to participate; no obligation. For details regarding this award, visit: https://fromfoodstampstoafuture.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/versatile-blogger-award-2

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  18. Sounds like you have had near the best this life has to offer! Congratulations on all your successes. I’m visiting because of dawnliz who is an admirer of your blog. Enjoyed the visit.

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  19. How cool you and Tammy both sound! Congrats on living your life your way! 🙂

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  20. Loved reading about your world. What an interesting life you and your wife lead.

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    • Back at you, Susan. I think we writers have a glorious journey. We get to see through the eyes of our characters, which often gives us insight into ourselves.

      I’m reminded of the advice Hemingway, is said to have given, a young writer who asked how to become a successful writer like him. It is believed he said (paraphrased), you must first live a life worth writing about.

      I’ve always followed my passion, very often without a plan. So far, it’s working out. 🙂

      I look forward to getting to know your work.

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