Siam: Kenneth on When an Elephant Stole Some Cookies

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Siam: Kenneth on When an Elephant Stole Some Cookies


Once, Kenneth was in a Chinese cookshop to get some cookies, and elephants and the mahout were nearby. As he was holding his cup in his hand, "all of a sudden a great big trunk came sliding in over my shoulder and sucked up my cookies. They all just went right off my plate." Kenneth looked up, and the elephant was looking at him benignly. The elephant had lifted the entire roof of the building up onto his shoulders. Kenneth had sensed the roof going up, and noticed dust coming down into his cocoa, but before he could make sense of that, this sinuous trunk had slid over his shoulder and sucked up his cookies.


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


July 4, 1927


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Over a course of 13 years Kip Landon (Kenneth Landon Jr.) began recording stories from his parents, Margaret and Kenneth Landon, resulting in 95 hours of recordings. Beginning on July 20, 1976, recording finished in June, 1978. The project resumed again in 1982 for a few months. After a long break, the third recording period began in 1988 and concluded in March 1989.

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Kenneth Landon (1903-1993)



Sound File Location

Box 78: Item 1: Oral History: "The Landon Chronicles" Tapes 55-60

Clip Location

Hour 58, clip 5


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


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