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Born and raised on a ranch near the southern Oklahoma village of Woodford, Kenny grew up around working cowboys. The smell of horse sweat and saddle soap was burned into his mind at an early age. By the early spring 1979, Kenny was an ex-rodeo cowboy and a two-time junior college dropout who had no idea where the future would lead him. A family friend, Jim Wright, approached Kenny and asked him what he was going to do with his life. Kenny answered, "I don't know, but I have a beautiful young blonde wife I need to support. I need to find something more lucrative than working at the tire factory, building tires." Jim remarked, "Boy, come with me, and I'll show you how to make money." Jim's offer gave Kenny a thirty-year career as an independent claims adjuster.

What can an Oklahoma cowboy, who spent his life on the road re-establishing damaged lives and homes as an insurance adjuster, tell us about life as well as our own lives? A good amount!

Kenny was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1999, and he has considered it a nuisance. He honestly believes the disease has been a blessing, because he began to view the meaning of life differently and became more committed to his family and friends. He started writing poetry in March 2004. You can read about his observations and escapades in his four books. Kenny's latest book, Claiming America – My Career as an Independent Claims Adjuster, entertains and inspires us with his stories and gives his Claims Fundamentals tips for aspiring claims adjusters and the seasoned pros.

Kenny has written these cowboy-related books: Rhymes & Times of a Parrothead Cowboy, Dooley's Legacy, and Just a Cowboy – More Rhymes & Times. Kenny admits his poetry is not classic, but rather modern cowboy poetry. His short stories will make you laugh and shed a tear.

Kenny's still observing and creating new escapades, and maybe someday we'll read about them.

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