Reading and Signing with Ken Colbo

During my lifetime, I’ve been told well over 100 times that I should write a book, from almost drowning from falling into a horse trough at age three, to being escorted out of Montana State Prison through 700 hardened convicts who wanted to kill our entire softball team, to hanging out with a grandfather who was a bare-knuckle fighter, who broke horses for a living, was a close friend of Charlie Russell, and who lost his beautiful ranch in a poker game.

Working out and having several dinners with Clint Eastwood was a neat experience. The most important chapter in the book is about a 50-pound 14-year-old boy who promised me he wouldn’t die from cystic fibrosis if I would just let him into the 8th grade and graduate. The public school held him back for four years in the 4th grade, because he had to be sent home when he started coughing so badly.

I could write an entire book about being an assistant principal in charge of discipline at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. The worst thing that happened while I was there happened during the noon hour when a student tried to run over three Home Ec teachers with his car. I took him home, and two nights later, he shot and killed his friend’s father for $300.

I believe part of the book will make you want to cry, part will make you laugh, and parts will make you mad. It will be many things, but dull will not be one of them.


Ken lives in Lolo, Montana, and is a lifelong Montanan. He loves to mountain bike, cross-country ski, golf, hike into mountain lakes, and play losing chess with his friends. He’s not retired, after two careers in education and financial planning. He graduated from Montana State University with a BA and MA.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Fact and Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Prison City Kiddie By Ken Colbo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781961392663
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Published: Ken Colbo - July 21st, 2023