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November 2, 1999
It's long past time that Preston King be allowed to come home. King has spent 38 years in self-imposed exile, much of it in England, rather than serve jail time for a draft-dodging conviction. It was 1960--the height of the civil rights movement--when the Army came calling, disrupting the Georgia native's plans for a graduate education in economics. Now 63, King says he was willing to serve; all he wanted was the same respect accorded the white draftees, who were addressed as "Mister."
December 12, 2008 |
Forgive me, but I've found a favorite player to root for this weekend when 15 high school football championship games are played across the Southland. Preston King, 5 feet 10, 175 pounds, is a two-way starter at Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro. He's the leading candidate for Pac-5 Division player of the year even though he has no college scholarship offers.
December 7, 2008 |
It has been a season of magnificent firsts for Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro High, which notched its first undefeated regular season and the first Pac-5 Division playoff victories in school history. Now the Titans will attempt to win their first Southern Section championship after throttling Orange Lutheran, 42-14, in a Pac-5 semifinal Saturday night at Santa Ana Stadium.
November 22, 2008 |
Anaheim Servite quarterback Cody Fajardo and Troy Nicolaus had just connected on a one-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Lakewood in a Pac-5 Division first-round playoff game Friday night at Cerritos College. So when the Friars decided to go for the victory on a two-point conversion from the one-yard line in the extra period, they went back to the same play. Nicolaus was open again but couldn't come up with the catch and Lakewood held on for a 35-34 victory that moved the Lancers into a quarterfinal against Mission Viejo.
February 28, 1999 |
In the annals of the civil rights movement, Preston King isn't even a footnote. But to his family, he is an unfinished chapter. In 1958, when young men were still required to register for military service, the local draft board refused to extend King's deferment to pursue his education. He had been granted time to get a master's degree at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. But now, ready to pursue a doctorate, he was told to report for induction.
April 29, 2000 |
President Clinton met Friday with Preston King, the Georgia man he pardoned for draft evasion 39 years after King fled to England. King, 63, a political science professor at Lancaster University in England, came to the White House and sat in on Clinton's taping of his weekly radio address. He told reporters later that he thanked Clinton for pardoning him. "I was delighted to go in and meet with him," King said. "I don't want to comment further on it, simply to say that I'm grateful."