Siam: Kenneth on When He and Margaret on Bicycles Encountered an Elephant

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Siam: Kenneth on When He and Margaret on Bicycles Encountered an Elephant


Kenneth remembers he and Margaret riding bikes hom from a church service. Margaret was ahead, the two of them pedaling along, and as she looked ahead, she suddenly said, "Look at that funny star that's jiggling around up there!" Kenneth suddenly realized it was the coconut lamp on the head of an elephant, with the mahout sitting behind the lamp, coming down the road. Kenneth yelled, "Margaret! Jump! Jump!" She just turned her bike right straight off the road into the bushes. And she just missed the front end of a big elephant who was padding right down the middle of the road. She would have run her bicycle straight into its legs. 


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


January 1, 1929


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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 59, clip 5


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Kenneth on When He and Margaret on Bicycles Encountered an Elephant ,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed October 28, 2020,