Ray Kania is a writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, from scholarly journals to the sports pages of newspapers. Ray is also an artist, photographer (Magazine Covers of Florida Living, The Orlando Sentinel Insight, newspapers, articles and books, pen and ink, and color pencil.)
Kania, a former Vietnamese/Thai-Lao interpreter, was the senior coordinator (USAFSS) for National Security Agency intelligence gathering missions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. His code name was Bee Keeper. During this period, as a personal project, he collected information that would lead to an ethnography of the So people of Northeast Thailand. Included in the study is a phonetic alphabet, the first for this spoken language. (Documentation)
As a licensed private investigator in the early 1980s he worked undercover for a NASA contractor.
Kania signed a SAG agreement to work in movies and commercials from 1984-85. He did work on the CBS series SPACE and in the movie D.A.R.Y.L., including precision driving for chase scenes so the stunt drivers could do their thing on the Orlando East-West Expressway.
As a Marshallese police officer, he was directly involved with operations against Russian (Soviet) special forces units at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 1986-1988. This included a four man team with orders from President Ronald Reagan to use night vision video to film a Russian special forces team, possibly to acquire remains from two unarmed nuclear warheads stored in our trailer on Illeginni Island, February 13, 1987. Our orders were to observe and use deadly force in response only. (Documentation)
Kania also worked on a contract for the Air Force Space Command at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and later as a federal officer at Kennedy Space Center, protecting the space shuttle, astronauts and KSC facilities. Click image.
He has written about a number of diverse subjects as a result of his travels and eclectic interests. They include: Southeast Asia (politics, sociology, and language), sports, physical fitness, nature, Pacific Islanders, intelligence gathering, and human interest.
He has participated in several sports (primarily basketball and soccer) at several levels, from college to a prison league. Along the way he has collected BA degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Central Florida. Among his language skills are a working knowledge or better (speaking, reading and writing) of Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese and Arabic. (little or no active use for over 15 years.)
Partial list of credits/clients:
- Asian Survey, September 1980, Volume XX, Number 9, Explaining Recent Vietnamese Behavior, Lee E. Dutter and Raymond S. Kania.
- Florida Living
- St. Petersburg Times, high school sports, North Suncoast.
- The Asia Mail
- The Orlando Sentinel (Insight) Tropical Isles Play Lab For U.S. Defense Tests. Oct. 30, 1988.
- South Pacific’s Paradise Lost: Ebeye Has Become Slum In The Marshall Islands. April 23, 1989.
- Journal of the Siam Society, January 1979, Volume 67 part 1, Patron, His Majesty the King, The So people of Kusuman, northeastern Thailand, Raymond S. Kania and Siriphan Hatuwong.
- Vietnam Magazine
Ray Kania’s TheLastGringo.com is archived in the University of Texas, San Antonio Immigration/Borderlands Web Collection. It contains well-documented articles on the uncontrolled immigration across the U.S. southern border.
Ray has been a member of the Eastern Florida State College Foundation Heritage Society since 2002 and a sponsor of the annual Eastern Florida State College (Melbourne Campus) Student Art Exhibit at the King Center for the Performing Arts. He provides scholarships for best of show in two dimensional, three dimensional, and the Ray Kania Award of Excellence categories.
2004 – Ray was the model for the winning image in the SEPPA, Southeastern Professional Photographers of America contest, international competition. It was the First Place winner in male image, illustrative category, and Best of Show. The image was also on the 2005 SEPPA calendar and at the Imaging Asia convention in South Korea.
EBOOKS BY RAY KANIA (2011-2012)
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|Climate Change: How To Find A Safe Haven
(Published: Nov. 11, 2013, ISBN: 9781310968686)
This ebook includes a brief history of how corporations in 1999 persuaded the United Nations to support the building of regional trading regions and trade agreements between nations, creating a global system of governance based on those trade agreements, appointed institutions, and international regulations. That’s why no one in elected office will do anything about climate change. Corporations are officially meeting with elected government officials from various nations and “advising” them on how to build and run these regions. So the decision was to pursue “growing the economy” and attack climate change when they have the time and money. Click on image to enlarge. Photos are included with the book. From Ray Kania: This book will show you how a warming climate can destroy your habitat and your life. Three chapters in this book will show you where to find the only place that I will recommend to live and what you will need for your new life. Only $2.50.
NOTICE: A NEW BOOK PRICE FOR “Climate Change: How To Find a Safe Haven”. THE NEW PRICE, WITH THIS COUPON (UE82K) IS ONLY $1.50. This offer will last till 02-06-15.
(Published: Sept. 09, 2011, ISBN: 9781465944597)
This journal was kept from 1986-88 when the Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse but their presence at Kwajalein was intense, requiring critical decisions at the highest level of our government.THIS BOOK IS THE BEST VALUE YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE: PAGE AFTER PAGE OF SHARP COLOR PHOTOS WILL ILLUSTRATE “ALMOST PARADISE”. THE CHAPTERS ARE PACKED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIVES, THE AMERICANS AND THE RUSSIAN SPIES THAT ARE EVER PRESENT. ON PAGE 19 YOU WILL SEE (video) OVER 2 MINUTES OF DEEP COLOR IN THE FIRST HYDROGEN BOMB UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. $1.99. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. RAY KANIA. THE AUTHOR.(February 13, 1987) U.S. National Security Agency intelligence gathering ship monitoring a Russian intelligence ship off of Kwajalein Atoll recorded plans to send a Russian Spetsnaz team ashore on Illeginni Island on the west reef.President Reagan sent 4 armed American contractors to set up undercover with a night vision video camera. The Russians were to look for remains of three unarmed nuclear warheads that had impacted on this target island.The Americans were ordered to just monitor their activities. We were not to initiate a firefight. I was one of the team members.For a visit to a strange and unique world, this is where Star Wars mixes with islanders using ancient methods to catch fish, where islanders can bring down birds with coral rocks with the accuracy of a guided missile. Photos are included. Click 3 times to expand photo.NOTICE: THE BOOK, ALMOST PARADISE, IS NOW ONLY $1.00 WITH THIS COUPON (MM88X) TILL 02-28-2015.
|KAMPUCHEA, YEAR ZERO
(Published: Jan. 14, 2012, ISBN: 9781465874870)
“Kampuchea, Year Zero” is my interview of a young Cambodian girl who survived nearly 4 years of Pol Pot, communist leader of the Khmer Rouge…GOODREADS May 18, 2013 Rating 4.00.“While researching Year Zero by a different author, I found this book devoted to an entirely different subject. Year Zero deals with the communist invasion of Cambodia in 1975 and the atrocities inflicted on its’ people. The Khmer Rouge was a deranged entity enacting crimes against humanity and later known for its’ ‘killing fields’ before the liberation by the Vietnamese. Kampuchea is a fast read and should be read by everyone to begin to understand the evilness that can [be] dealt by humans.
|GERONIMO LIVE! And Other Florida Stories
(Published: Feb. 18, 2012, ISBN: 9781466002456)
Real places and People of the Sunshine State; “GERONIMO LIVE! And Other Florida Stories” covers the overlooked, sometimes unusual history of the Sunshine State.GERONIMO LIVE! is a chance to visit unusual places and participate, such as NASA’s Black Point, a wild life preserve next to Kennedy Space Center and a road through which you can see, stop and walk while photographing over 500 birds and animals.Or you can visit Fort Christmas, a few miles west of KSC, just two miles north of Highway 50, where you can find a replica of the fort and a museum in two of the blockhouses. There is live firing of an original model cannon and weapons. A village of that era has been put together with real houses from the late 1800s, with a post office and a school house, all moved there from the original Florida home sites. Each house is equipped with furnishings and utensils from that era.Special events are posted throughout the year, including music and food. Each place offers links for camping when available. And you will also learn more about Florida’s history. Photos are included with links. Photo above is Geronimo and his warriors. They were later captured and sent to prison at Fort Pickens, Florida.
|Seniors’ Corner: For a Better Life
(Published: May 11, 2012, ISBN: 9781476055664)
After decades of overdoing it, pushing beyond my limits and stumbling full speed ahead through hazards of all kinds, I’ve finally decided to reign in my competitive nature and take a more measured pace through the rest of life. It’s time to slow down and smell the liniment.The book, FOR A BETTER LIFE, has 21 articles that will benefit those who are moving into the next classification, senior citizen.To succeed with your goals, use these tips and you can even save a child’s life if you have grandchildren or visitors. Every summer in Florida, the warnings go out on TV news the importance of monitoring children 100 percent of the time. But every year half a dozen children die from drowning and others from drinking poison.Join an exercise center and work out like these senior citizens. They have lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and toned their body. And they have also changed to a healthy diet. Click on image to enlarge. Photos are included with the book. Price $1.50.
|Edgar’s Studebaker — And Other Memorable Stories
(Published: Aug. 17, 2012, ISBN: 9781476188935)
A look at the serious and not so serious events in life, from “The Last Can Opener” to “Smiley”, the images are from real people, places, and events:spendeverything.”I read Edgar’s Studebaker And Other Memorable Stories and immediately ordered in for myself. It was so good, I ended up giving it away to a special friend for her birthday…”Photos and links are included with the book. Price $1.50.