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Ken Graydon dies at 77; poet and storyteller

Ken Graydon dies at 77; poet and storyteller

For Ken Graydon, repairing cars was a living. But writing poetry and song lyrics and tall tales to be told and sung around a campfire was his passion. For anyone who thinks of poets as smallish, shy, intellectual fellows who look inward, Graydon was a shocker. He stood 6 feet 4 and, in his prime, weighed 220 pounds. His idea of a fine time was mixing with friends from the disparate worlds of poetry and classic cars, and swapping songs and stories long into the night. His voice was a strong baritone, and he was generous with praise for other versifiers. Graydon, devoted to the craft of telling stories through rhyme, stories about men who worked outdoors with their hands, often the...

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