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Born and raised in Golden, BC, Rod Drown attended Simon Fraser University, where he got his first taste of journalism working on the student newspaper during the 1970s. It was also during that decade that he began to consider himself a poet and was published in several well-respected journals, including West Coast Review and Dalhousie Review.
His current interests lie in B.C. and Canadian political history, as well as UFOs and life on other worlds. Moving back to the family farm in 1985, he became Editor of the Golden Times during the late 1980s. He was also active in regional government during the 1990s, sitting on the Board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. During that period he took an active role in promoting economic diversification of the Golden community.
Over the years he has freelanced for the Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Courier. For the last several years he has edited an online news magazine about arts and culture in the Lower Mainland, called Grab News: Muse News from Vancouver
Another of his interests is making music, and Slipstream Dreams, a CD of original songs that he created in 2011. Click the pic to access these great tunes.
Ken married to Betty since 1971. They have 3 children Scott (Jessica -grandson Kent), Tami and Lisa. Presently living in New Westminster since 1971; prior to that Ken grew up in Coquitlam.
Baseball has been a passion throughout Ken’s life. Ken went to two Professional Umpiring Schools one each in Massachusetts (Ted Williams Baseball Umpiring School 1969) and Florida. (Al Somers Umpiring School 1970). Ken umpired professionally in Quebec’s Provincial League 1970. From 1971 to 1999 Ken was involved in Umpiring and Instructing Umpiring throughout BC. Ken is a lifetime Member of both Minor League Baseball 2004 and the Pacific Coast Baseball Umpiring Association 2009. Ken is currently a member of Baseball Hall of Fame Museum 1985 (Cooperstown, New York) , Baseball Hall of Fame Museum donor 1985 Cooperstown, New York) , SABR member 2002, Pacific Coast League Historical Society 2008,Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Museum member 2009 (St. Mary’s, Ontario and an avid baseball book collector.
Ken served 1 yr with the RCMP and 26 ½ yrs with New Westminster Police. For 20 of those years Ken worked in the Forensics Identification Section. Ken acquired the specialty skill through numerous courses and certifications related to such functions as Crime Scene Investigation, Homicides, Arson, physical comparison and friction ridge comparison. Ken supervised the Forensic Identification Section 1993 to 1998. Ken is a life member of the Canadian Identification Society since 1996.
Ken has worked with Rod Drown on a book yet to be released Cap to the Nat, They coauthored The New Westminster Frasers Baseball Club 1974 which was self-published by Ken.
Our latest collaboration is the double unsolved murder of Dr. Robert Henry MacLauchlan and his young wife Margaret Ann MacLauchlan in 1966. It is a tale of drugs, tragedy and murder.
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