Remembering a most distinctive figure

One of the things a newspaper is supposed to do is take notice of the interesting people who live in its communities.

That's the first thing I thought of recently when I received an email from the family of Ralph David King.

They wanted the public to know that David, a very familiar figure with his long white beard who could often be seen walking around Chester, Brookhaven and Upland, had fallen on some hard times in terms of his health.

If you ever saw King walking along the street, you might have mistaken him for a member of ZZ Top. Yes, he had a most distinctive long, white beard.

The family composed a piece not only to let the public know about their dad, but also to share some memories.

It appears on our op-ed page today.