Category: Roger Henneous

Let the Elephants Trumpet

One of the world’s greatest elephant men died today. Roger Henneous knew nothing about what he came to call “the great gray clowns” when he took the zookeeper job at the Portland (Oregon) Zoological Gardens back in 1968. All he knew was that he… Continue Reading “Let the Elephants Trumpet”

World Tour – The Final Two Days

By the end of our day at the zoo–and walking around Portland, window-shopping and stuffing ourselves with great food–I was more toast than human. We’d planned on driving the three hours of Bend, OR that night, but Ed and I were both so wrung… Continue Reading “World Tour – The Final Two Days”

Book Launch Announcement

I’m beyond delighted to post information on the first of what I hope will be many bookstore visits as ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd takes its first steps into the world. March 4 – BOOK LAUNCH at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, 7:30… Continue Reading “Book Launch Announcement”

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow

I’m proud and honored to have been chosen to present my book ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd at the “7 Coming-Up Author Showcase” at the recent PNBA Tradeshow held October 6-8 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, OR.… Continue Reading “Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow”

Going to the Elephants

When I began the first tentative work on my book ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd (Ooligan Press, March 2020), I never anticipated the opportunities it would present over the course of almost five years. Yup, you read that right; five years from… Continue Reading “Going to the Elephants”

And It’s a … Contract!

I am so very pleased to announce that my book, THE MAN WHO LOVES ELEPHANTS, has at long last found a home with the wonderful folks at Ooligan Press, an award-winning, small-but-mighty teaching press  at Portland State University. There is still a lot of… Continue Reading “And It’s a … Contract!”

Article Published in JEMA

I’m very pleased to announce that my article “Return of the Elephant Man,” appears in the most recent JEMA,  Journal of the Elephant Managers Association, Volume 29, Number 1. The article is based on a portion of my book The Man Who Loved Elephants, which tells the… Continue Reading “Article Published in JEMA”

When A Writer Gives Up, Part 1

In Big Magic, author Elizabeth Gilbert writes about the notion of story ideas drifting about in the ether, coming to rest with one writer or another. If given attention, the ideas stay and grow. If not, they eventually move on to a more receptive audience. I… Continue Reading “When A Writer Gives Up, Part 1”

Where To Go For Elephants

Hello, all! I wanted to let you know that I’ve started an adjunct site to this one, focused entirely on elephants and the stories behind my book The Man Who Loved Elephants: 30 Years at Oregon’s Washington Park Zoo, which is being offered to publishers… Continue Reading “Where To Go For Elephants”

Happy Birthday, Stoney

Stoney with his mother, Pet Born June 17, 1973 — Washington Park Zoo, Portland, Oregon Died August 28, 1995 — Las Vegas, Nevada