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Steven Wayne Knight, M.A.

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Steve enjoyed police work. Vivid memories remain of assignments

to Charles Manson and his gang, the S.L.A. gang with Patty Hearst, the Black Panthers gang, and a few

infamous souls  who worked alone: The Hillside Strangler; Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. the Nightstalker; and

over 200 murderers sitting through their preliminary hearings in the L.A. Criminal Courts Building.  Not to

mention the East L.A. Riots, and the San Fernando Earthquake as a rudimentary SWAT team (100-man)

member for the Los Angeles County Marshal's Department from 1969.

 

He'll never forget driving his first black-and- white to the L.A. Police Academy with the radio blaring,

"Murder now! Robbery now! Burglary now!" - and THEN still another "Murder now!

Steve quickly learned Los Angeles would be a true exciting adventure.

 

By 1986, his immediate family had accumulated 100 years as Los Angeles peace officers. His

father, Raymond J. Knight, Jr., and his uncle and neighbor, Robert F. Knight, were Los Angeles

policemen. Steve's grandfather, Raymond J. Knight, Sr., (with prior service with Shanghai,

China Police from 1921-1928 / read while working as an import-export manager for the

Robert S. Dollar Line Steamship Company) joined the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office in 1929

after service with the Huntington Park Police Department.   He helped found the L.A.

FootPrinters Club with Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz in 1931. 

 

SO for three generations family dinner talk focused on police "war" stories.Steve grew up

around such stories that fascinated and enlightened him with both grim reality

and understanding of people mixed with humor.  Things were  exciting to him at 7 years

old,  when next door to grandpa's a fellow tried to kill his wife with a knife when dad

with his grandpa looking on - gave him the LAPD defense treatment back in  1952. 

 

Boy, was he suprised to find his arm broken and his wife alive.   Those days are long gone now

- when things were handled in-house.   BTW - Dad is still kicking at 92 years old plus, today.

 

Steve's Great Uncle William James Knight, the Union engineer on the famous Confederate

General Locomotive in the Civil War, and received the first Congressional Medal of Honor

from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 along with 12 other Union soldiers

in two different occasions.  

 

This dramatic historical story is depicted in the films The General,

The Great Locomotive Chase, and The Andrews' Raiders.   Several Confederate trains

were in pursuit - chasing down the high-jacked General which was doing

some 75 MPH under Engineer Knight - when it was only safe (read licensed) to go

around 25 MPH maximum.    Who cares when you are out-of-uniform in a stolen

train, right?   Afterward, both sides got together to remember the most dramatic

story of the U.S. Civil War. 

 

In 1974, Steve was allowed unlimited admission into the private A.B. Perkins Historical

California Scholars Library at the main L.A. County Depository in Valencia, CA.

His just- acquired real estate license led him to an interest in the vast California ranchos.

Their boundaries to this day are clearly outlined on old county maps. Such was the birth

of his lifelong passion for California's historical past. His love of Los Angeles and

Southern California grew beyond just being a native.   However, he also lived in

Las Vegas, NV, 1996-2001; and prior was a Washoe County deputy sheriff in  Reno,

NV, back in 1981-1982.

 

Steve's novels 1853 Los Angeles Gangs and 1857 Los Angeles Fights Again are a labor of love

comprising thousands of hours of research. These exciting, action-filled stories read like a

motion picture. Steve's education from the University of Redlands, Redlands, California,

both post graduate and undergraduate, led Steve to a successful post-law enforcement career

in teaching college, and owning and managing a 27-year court reporting business.  He also

was a  real estate as a broker and the horse racing pari-mutuel supervisor during his main

careers.   He loved to keep busy.  I forgot to mention he was a grocery store manager

(read Lucky Stores) in high school at 17 years old. 

 

Then later in 2001, he was made an honorary commissioner for San Diego Police Historical

Association; and also a technical advisor for the Long Beach Police Historical Society. 

He had assisted in some eight historical national police type books; and had written

Badge Hallmarks for Police and Fire Collectors.

 

http://www.sdpolicemuseum.com/COMMISSIONERS.html

http://www.sdpolicemuseum.com/Steve-Knight.html

http://www.lbphs.org/board.html

 

Steve learned from his family and many careers to empathize with and appreciate all people,

from the highest to the lowest; and the brightest and slowest. His unique ability to capture

in the written word reality blended with understanding and humor is what makes him an

endearing, outstanding storyteller.

 

Today he and his wife  have recently won 14 nominations and 4 awards against thousands

and thousands of entries; and two Hollywood considers for their feature screenplay

all based upon their first novel.  It is an epic western biographical picture much like

Braveheart  and  Dances with Wolves.  A romance publisher actually published

his first novel even considering the explicit drama and action.

 

So that now to date makes some eight careers and 20 job titles - many at the same time.

 

As a late BLOOMER in radio he received his Tech ticket by February, 2017.  His General ticket was a

few weeks later.  Later he passed the V.E. test from ARRL; and qualified as a V.E from GLAARG. 

 

Today he is a member of PAPA (Dstar - So. Cal), WIN SYSTEM, Palomar Amateur Radio Club, Carlsbad, CA, 

and ARRL.

 

However, keep in mind that starting in 1966 he was using police radios in the vehicles and on person.

Wow - that's over 50 years on the two-way radio with alternate stations on Motorola Systems...

Where did all that time go? 

 

Right now he's mixing study for the Extra ticket with learning digital programing and feeling his 

way (read PTT)  through his new difficult  Kenwoods.  As the analog (read prior radios) training

wheels are gone and he feels like a 70 'ish on a skateboard going down hill on a 50% grade.  

 

AND Thanks to all you HAMS out there he learns rather quickly.

73s to each and everyone of you with a sincere hand wave - thank you ALL for your service.

Thanks for taking your time to visit my page.

 

Steven Wayne Knight

 

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