"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
SEATTLE – A man who specializes in insuring golf tournament hole-in-one prizes has been charged in Washington state with refusing to pay up. Kevin Kolenda, of Norwalk, Conn., was charged this week in King County Superior Court with five felony counts of selling insurance without a license. He is set to be arraigned Sept. 5.
The Seattle Times reports that charging documents accuse the 54-year-old Kolenda of failing to pass out prize money when several Seattle-area golfers connected on an elusive ace. In some cases, charities or tournament hosts had to come up with the cash, according a state insurance commissioner’s investigation.
The documents also say Kolenda ignored a cease-and-desist order and a $125,000 insurance commission fine in 2004. The Times also reports that he was charged with similar crimes in Montana last month. Attempts to reach Kolenda were unsuccessful.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)