On Oct. 3, 1992, Ken Rand ended two-plus decades as a broadcast and print reporter and editor in Utah and Wyoming. That's when he accepted his ex-wife's invitation to move from Wyoming, where he was a grumpy, overworked newspaper editor, to West Jordan, Utah, to rejoin his family. Rand remarried his ex-wife, ending a 19-year divorce.
That day, he began his career as a freelance writer in earnest. He now writes "semi-fulltime," paying for his bad habits with a part-time job shelving books for the county library. He's written more than a hundred short stories, two hundred humor columns, and a dozen books, including The Ten Percent Solution: Self-editing for the Modern Writer (Fairwood Press); The Eternity Stone; Tales of the Lucky Nickel Saloon, Second Ave, Laramie, Wyoming, U S of A (Yard Dog Press); and Phoenix (Zumaya). He's written thousands of articles and does interviews for Talebones Magazine.
In addition to a lot of awards for his work as a reporter, Rand won 2nd place in the Writers of the Future contest, 3rd place in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, volume 2, and has received four honorable mentions in Year's Best anthologies.
Rand has worked as a freelance writer, reporter, photographer, talkshow host and producer, editor, PR flack, furniture mover, temporary secretary, teacher, print and broadcast ad peddler, and announcer for sports events, daredevil shows, air shows, mudbogs, and stock car races.
He grew up in the little town of Port Chicago, Calif., which no longer exists; the Navy bought it because it was in the way of their ammo depot.
Thirty-five years later, he's still pissed off at the Navy. (Yes, there is a book.)
Rand has family in Washington, South Dakota, Arizona, Wisconsin, California, and Oklahoma.
A hippie before he lost his hair, he lived in San Francisco in the 1960s, where he attended the first Be-In.
For the fun of it he makes kaleidoscopes — he is the world's only humor kaleidoscopist.
His writing and living philosophy: "Lighten up."
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