On August 14, 2007 Emory King died at 76 years old
. Emory King was a Belizean historian, author and journalist. He served the nation of Belize in a number of capacities, including as National Film Commissioner.
In 1953, at the age of 22, King and a group of friends sailed south from the United States on a yacht and were shipwrecked off the coast of Belize, due to the barrier reef. After recovering, King elected to stay. He notably helped find a home for the German-Dutch Mennonites, who had been expelled from Mexico in the 1950s.
King found work with the ruling People's United Party, becoming especially close to leader George Cadle Price, and becoming a columnist/editor for the Belize Times in the 1970s. Also at that time King was named Film Commissioner; he was responsible for bringing several documentaries and films to Belize, working with both the predecessors of Belize's two television stations: Great Belize Television and Tropical Vision Limited. He also had bit parts in several movies produced in Belize, for more see Great Belize Television's article.
King also wrote several books, both historical and personal. Among them are Emory King's Drivers' Guide to Belize, The Great Story of Belize series, and others. He was criticized for holding controversial historical views, particularly over the Battle of St. George's Caye, where he clashed with Belizean Evan X Hyde. He once headed the Belize Historical Society.
King married his wife Elisa King and had several children, one of whom, Alex, predeceased him. He also had several grandchildren. He died from complications due to cancer on August 14, 2007 at his home in Tropical Park on the Western Highway, east of Hattieville.
More about Emory King:
On Wikipedia Emory King's Books on Belize Once Upon a Time Hey Dad, This Is Belize Emory King’s 2006 Driver's Guide To Beautiful Belize Mary Hickey, Once Upon a Time Tom Potts, Once Upon a Time