Tacoma native Lance Lambert will talk about his new memoir, A Kid's Kingdom: Growing Up in the City of Destiny. Tacoma provided him with the opportunity to grow from a little guy that thought the night-time darkness was eaten by magic bugs, to a guy that, on the night of his high school graduation, learned that he was not as talented as he thought. In the years between, he was kissed by a wealthy butcher's daughter, forcefully extracted from a train, singled out by a president, helped to identify foreign spies, and found out that nudity and peanut butter are not necessarily a good combination. Triumphs include a short career as a pirate, and the successful use of a motor scooter to win the hearts and hands of the cutest girls in school.
Lance Lambert has spent his entire life finding ways to have as much fun as possible, while doing as little work as possible. His endeavors have included a short and failed attempt at being a rock & roll star, a few years as a professional photographer, too many years (reluctantly) working at real jobs, and 24 years as the co-producer and on-camera host of television's award winning "Vintage Vehicle Show." His writing career includes numerous articles in CruZin' Magazine and Old Cars Weekly, 15 years as a columnist for the Journal Newspapers, continuing as a columnist for Garage Style Magazine since 2008, and currently an assignment reporter for The Seattle Times. His previous books, Gears, Grins & Gasoline: My Wheel Life Adventures and the #1 best seller Fenders, Fins & Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy have left many readers wondering how he lived long enough to write them.