Random Kak Remembered From Growing Up In South Africa
Trevor Romain. Not a name I was familiar with until yesterday. Then I got this set of brilliant cartoons that he created featuring many of the things he remembers while growing up in South Africa.
Aptly titled “Random Kak I Remember Growing Up in SA”, it seems that much of young Trevors’ formative years were spent in the old suburbs of Johannesburg.
The kak that Trevor remembers had two results for me: (1) I ‘lagged’ at how many of the things I remember from a similar childhood spent in the backwaters of Alberton and the seedy nightclubs of Joburg; and (2) I went on a mission to try to find out more about Trevor Romain.
Sadly, his is still not a name that I have been able to find out too much about.
Here’s a little of the little that I did manage to find:
When South African-born Trevor Romain was 12, his teacher told him he wasn’t talented enough to do art, but 20 years later he discovered that he could draw. He has since written and illustrated more than 30 children’s books, and he has an animated video series for kids based on his best-selling, award-winning books. Trevor also visits schools to speak to children, and he spends his free time with kids who have cancer at the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.
Trevor Romain is a best-selling author and illustrator of an award-winning series of self-help books for children, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker. As an inspirational humorist, Trevor and his animated friends host a popular television series that has been featured on a number of PBS stations. The series uses adventures based on his books to teach real-life lessons for kids, such as dealing with bullies, facing fears, coping with divorce and understanding grief. The series has won numerous awards. Trevor’s books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been published in 16 different languages.
[Hey Trevor, if you ever read/see this, you really should get your publicist to set up a Wikipedia page for you at least :)]
Clearly the good boykie from the ‘burg of Johannes is based in the United States now, where he remains very active. It does seem that he returns to South Africa on occasion as well. Here’s a YouTube clip of a visit he made to Botshabelo not too long ago.
If you are interested in Trevor’s books some of them are available locally through Kalahari.net in print and ebook format (Click here, I did the searching for you already. You’re welcome.) A much bigger selection via Amazon.com is here.
There’s also a number of clips from the Trevor Romain Show (that would be the name of the “popular television series that has been featured on a number of PBS stations”) here and here. (Yes, click and click again…). The Trevor Romain Company’s web site well tell you a lot more, and offer to sell you a huge range of products directly too.
Now go out there and have a weekend filled with random memory-making kak!
(A hat tip of thanks to Caroline who sent me the Random Kak images in the first place and started this mini-quest. Danke schön Caroline!)