Tragic End to Express Contributor's Life



We see that the San Francisco Chronicle has reported the final chapter in the life of Ken Kelley, who was once a renowned figure in New Journalism and conducted some of the most remarkable Q&As for Playboy in the 1970s. His life clearly unravelled at some point, until he was arrested in 2005, in a South of Market shithole, for possession of child pornography. Kelley died in Alameda County jail in January. In the 1990s, Kelley's work often appeared in the pages of the East Bay Express, where he wrote Q&A profiles of such East Bay notables as Elizabeth Farnsworth and former UC Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.