Kenneth Hartley MacNichol seems to have decided at a young age to be a writer. It’s hyperbole—but maybe just a little bit—to say that was the last easy decision he made. Over the course of his life he was married four, perhaps five, times, lived everywhere from New Mexico to China, and started and quit numerous businesses. According to Don Herron and Robert Barbour Johnson, he was the impetus behind the San Francisco Fortean Society, and, certainly, the image gets of him is a generator, bristling with energy, constantly creating. He’s been especially hard to track, historically, his traces scant, but if nothing else, it can be said that he lead a full life, if not one especially heroic.