Kenny Thompson

Classmates Remember

The class picture came from Tommy Kimbrel's yearbook - I didn't try to retouch the signature because Kenny wrote it for Tommy and now for each of us to remember him by.

Kenny sent the picture at the left for the "Then and Now" page of our web site.  With the picture he sent this note:

Kenny Thompson said - "TO: The Star-Studded Class of 1960

Sorry I can't make the party--it would be great to see all of you again. Here's what I've been up to:  I bailed out of Atlanta 4 years ago and moved to San Antonio in hopes of finding a less expensive environment where I might pursue personal art projects. My oldest son has his music school here. 
I found commercial property, (a former bar!--cheap compared to Atlanta), and have been rehabbing the place and creating some of the art I show on the following pages.  (Sharon has the portfolio)
I have no computer, I'd rather spend money on power tools, so no e-mail.
My best to everyone."

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 2:43 PM

This was in the paper today

Kenneth K. Thompson Sr.

Ken Thompson, 66, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio , Texas .

Ken Thompson was born to William and Pauline Thompson in Palatka, October 6, 1942. He became a football star, winning the Hancock trophy for all-round excellence in athletics for the year 1959-60. He played college football for the Florida State Seminoles on scholarship. He was a bass player, songwriter and singer in several bands in Florida and Nashville . After two years at Florida State , he decided to attend Peabody College in Nashville where he majored in art. After that point, art became the major focus of his life. He went to New York after graduation and worked as an illustrator and designer at Reader's Digest. He later returned to Nashville to accept a position as creative designer of Nashville Magazine. In Atlanta , he worked at Graphics Group before striking out on his own. Ken was a prolific artist and designer whose work covered a wide range of disciplines. Along with continuous exploration of images in his personal art, he was a graphic designer, furniture designer and new product designer. His designs and furniture have been selected to appear in several national design books, including the prestigious 'Graphis' Annuals. Feature articles concerning his graphic design have been published in 'Print' Magazine (USA) and Novum Gerbrauchsgraphik ( Germany ). In Atlanta , Ken designed the 'Inman Park Butterfly' and on the national scale he designed the 1977 USA inaugural theme float for the inaugural parade of President Jimmy Carter. He redesigned and rebuilt three historic houses, transforming them into studios and art-space. He thought, he created, he built, he challenged and he inspired. We have lost a great one.