Maison Neuve magazine recently ran a piece on Ken called "The Rare Books Detective":
"When Gilkey attempted to scam Ken Lopez, president of the ABAA, Lopez and Sanders worked with police in San Jose to set up a sting. Lopez, a Massachusetts-based dealer, let Gilkey go through with an order for a first edition of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Though the asking price was $6,500, Gilkey actually talked Lopez down to a price of $5,850. He also asked Lopez to send the book overnight to the upscale Westin Hotel in Palo Alto. When Gilkey, dressed in rumpled slacks and a baseball cap, arrived to pick up the package, police were on the scene to apprehend him. After posting a $15,000 bail, Gilkey disappeared, eluding authorities for weeks until he was eventually caught in another sting. He is now serving a three-year sentence in California."
The Salt Lake City Weekly ran a story called "Book 'em Ken", which also delves into the evolution of a bookseller:
"He quickly learned that not all grocery stores carried the same comics. 'I found a little store run by a Chinese family called the Mayfair Market on 7th East and 27th South,' he said. 'This family held on to back issues, so you could find, by digging a ways, comics that were a year old. And you could sell them for 25 cents or even 50 cents. Because nobody had them, and everybody wanted Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk and X-Men. So I was horse-trading and buying and selling comic books at Woodrow Wilson Elementary,' Sanders said. And thus a bookman was born."
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