In 1932, according to Smookler family lore, Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” featured three-year-old Kenneth because he could read a printed page both forward and backward.
More than eight decades later, after stretches of time given over to practising law, teaching, writing columns, stories and a T.V. script, along with becoming one of the grand old men in the World Science Fiction community, Ken is still doing things backwards with his very late in life interest in both fairy tale and other related characters.
He became a lawyer because so many people in the world needed help. After a while he saw that there were already many lawyers helping the people in this world – but what about other worlds? Didn’t they need legal help too?
Who was rushing to help The Three Bears deal with a trespasser? Who would help the priests of the Temple of Dagon after Samson destroyed their temple? And poor, loving Brünnhilde who wants to trade her horse and armour for an apron and just cook for her wife, who can she turn to for help?
Since there was no one, Kenneth decided to start his own law firm and, now that he has retired from full-time practice, that firm is known as Farr & Beyond, Kenneth M. Smookler, Q.C. of counsel.
When not in the office, Ken lives in Toronto with Fran, his wife of 60 years, enjoys visiting with their 4 children and moderating/teaching classes to students over the age of 50 at Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute.