Siam: Kenneth on Making Up Stories for the Children

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Siam: Kenneth on Making Up Stories for the Children


Margaret cared for the children during the day, but Kenneth was always the one who put them to bed at night. They counted on this, and they always wanted him to tell them stories. He made the stories up as he went, continuing stories that went on and on night after night. The kids would have to remind him where he had left off. He could never remember. Kip recalls that Kenneth did the same thing when he was a boy, and particularly recalls stories of Henry and the monkeys. Bill and Kip had a similar complaint, because they would want their father to tell a story over again that they had particularly enjoyed, and Kenneth never could. He didn't remember what he had told them.


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


January 1, 1928


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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 11


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Kenneth on Making Up Stories for the Children,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed October 28, 2020,