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June 14 2018

Listening with Malcolm

Over the years, I've tried various platforms to share music from my Freeform Radio Days and also more current favorites. Of course, I still post my old airchecks at Freeform Radio on Podomatic, but the platform that's had the best success in recent years has been my

 "Listening with Malcolm" Facebook Group.

Please check it out.

June 04 2018

New Year's Eve 2017/2018

The year 2017 ended with a party at Bann Nah (aka Banna). My best Thai friend Sam Lott had promised to spend New Year’s Eve with me out on the farm and that's what he did, bringing along his wife Gai (chick).

Thip was still in of her vacation with friend Tana , but we were pretty much in daily contact mostly through Line . She helped coordinate the menu. Lott and Gai bought the goods. I bought beer and funded the operation.

I was pretty impressed with my friends being with me and very low key on the farm at night when it was such an exciting time for everyone in the Isaan. In contrast, at Sam Lott’s family house, lound speakers were plugged in and karaoke belching out non-stop, with many people drifting in and out.

Toward midnight and seeing the conversation lagging and fearing my friends would get bored with me, I suggested we go over to their family party for The Countdown. This we did and -- with even more beer drunk -- I had a hell of a time making it back to the farm, Sam Lott riding along on his motorsai just to make sure I made it back OK.

June 03 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams on the "Marvelous Malcolm Radio Extravaganza," Edna/Victoria, South Texas, Summer 1977 - Length: 29:41 - Audio Quality: Good - Notes: I love that dig I did on Jackie. I'd do that now and again all in fun -- not just at KWBY, but other stations we worked at together. We liked to create a little dynamic tension to keep things interesting. A little drama also got your attention.

May 24 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams as country music DJ, on "The Marvelous Malcolm Radio Extravaganza", Edna/Victoria, South Texas, June 1977 - Length: 25:40 - Audio Quality: Good - Notes: I thought I dreamt this. No, I really did it! Thanks, Jackie!!!

May 20 2018

SHACC New Website

As many of you regular readers are aware, there have been some problems with the LEGENDARY SURFERS website in the past two months (April, May 2018). Content has been hard to read and many images are still not coming up.

The LS Collection is part of the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) website and the issues have been related to SHACC's move -- still in-progress -- to an all-new website design.

The problems will be resolved and soon you will be able to view my writings on surfing's history (and others' writings) at the new SHACC website.

Meanwhile, while www.legendarysurfers.com is still being fitted into the new SHACC website, I've gone ahead and started to re-instroduce some of the more popular chapters at my alternate LEGENDARY SURFERS Website. Content is easier to read during this transition period. Please visit:

May 14 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams' South Texas Freestyle - KGUL AM & FM, Port Lavaca, South Texas, Summer 1981 - Audio Quality: Good - Length: 31:20 - Playlist: Pat Benatar, Chambers Brothers, Kansas.

May 05 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams at KGUL AM & FM, Port Lavaca, South Texas - Notable: Jack's intro and the dedication to Felix Hinajosa - Jackie was recording the shows at home, in the beginning, which I greatly appreciated. - I was beginning to discover that the listenership preferred a harder, more contemporary edge, so I started to move in that direction, thanks to locals like Felix Hinajosa.

May 03 2018

Music Faves of 2017

Some of the songs that were in “heavy rotation” on my smart phone in 2017...

(my bags I take just about everywhere I go, 
the zippered one usually holds my cellphone)

Posted from most favorite to less favorite:

The big hit, this year, throughout Thailand: Mike Piromphon’s “Change Your Mind”...

From Lao Trip 17, Fall 2017: “Pai Jai” by Mai Charoenpura, from 2014:

Fall 2017, a day or two after Tom Petty died. It was also Ohpensa and a favorite time of mine to hang out at night at the farm, watching the sky:

Another one from the Savan trip. Usually watch a lot of karaoke travelling in Lao: https://youtu.be/2dg9oc78Kv4

April 25 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams at KGUL-FM, Port Lavaca, South Texas, Summer 1981 - Length: 30:03 - Audio Quality: Good - Notable: transition from "Crystal Blue Persuasion" to "Heroin" at very end - Playlist: ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles, Santana, Tommy James and the Shondells and David Bowie.

April 15 2018

Christmas Comes to Bann Nah

I know it’s Winter in the Isaan when Thip and I have to sleep under the covers at night. Showering in the morning calls for hot water. Throughout the rest of the day, long pants and a shirt often replace the shorts and no-shirt that is my usual attire.

This Winter, Thip took a trip around Thailand with her best friend Tana from the United States. That left me alone for nearly a month. It took some getting used to, but we were in communication almost every day thanks to our “smart” phones.

Before Thip left, we decorated our home in the Christmas spirit, even though neither of us are Christian.

That’s Christmas, pronounced krit-mut .

March 25 2018

Fall Season 2017

After the annual rice harvest, the other big events of the Fall Season are Boon Katin and Loy Kratung . Both of these Buddhist observances I only put light attendance at, this year.

The thing that I enjoy most about the Fall Season is the clear night-time skies . Due to high humidity through most of the year, it's not easy to star gaze until Fall and Winter. Winter, it often gets too cold to hang outside at night, so Fall is really the time to just sit out under the skies and get in tune with some of the movements of the Earth and the bodies outside our Planet.

And, now with the addition of phone apps, knowledge of what we're seeing is much easier to learn than ever before.

Thip's and my routine of shuttling between our village home ( ban hao ) and our farm home ( ban nah ) -- that we had begun last year with the completion of Bann Nah -- continued on for its second year, but has changed a lot.

Thip no longer spends much time at our village home , although I'm there every morning, taking advantage of our fiber optic cable and an Internet service level that's 95% faster than anything else in Thailand. In the afternoon, I do the grounds maintenance there, at our rental property ( ban sao ) and out on our 9 rai farm. So far, I've left our 8.5 rai farm for Thip's brothers to look after.

Neither Thip nor I sleep at the village house anymore, really. Well, I will occasionally, depending on what Thip's doing. If she is away overnight to another temple or on vacation, I'll break up my sleeping pattern just to make sure both our homes have a perceived presence at night. In the 6 years I've been retired here in the Thai countryside, we haven't had any break-in's, but that's not to say there won't be at some point.

By the late afternoon, I'm back at Bann Nah, where Thip is, most of the time. She's really gotten into planting fruit trees, orchids and flowers which has beautified the place tremendously. If she's not on the farm, she's shopping at the local farmers market or Nong Bua Lamphu city. Or, she's doing something in service for the temple.

March 13 2018

Harvest 2017 - Farm #2

Once the harvest is completed at one farm, it's on to the second -- but not the last. There are usually others, as family members help relatives and friends on their farms, just as they had with ours.

Malcolm with Gop T-Shirt as mask

With our 9 Rai Farm done, a couple of days later the action moved over to our 8.5 Rai Farm and the one rai family farm next to it.

Even Khun Mae -- mother to all the immediate Thai family -- was there.

When all rice had been bagged up, we all took a little break for some soda, beer, lao khao and food. After this, all the guys moved on to Yah's farm to help him, his family and friends bring that one in:

Yah and thresher crew boss.

There was probably a little party after this one, but I wasn't invited and didn't stay long enough after the threshing to be. Yah is a friend, looked after me on my first Thung Yai trip, and is a good guy who always seems to be struggling financially. He's a relative, too.

March 06 2018

Harvest 2017 - Bagging & Party

While threshing khao nio (glutenous rice), bagging is begun. This is basically phase four of five phases to our annual rice harvest (giao khao).

It might seem a bit backward to use a thresher (just separates the already-dried rice in its kernal from the stalks) instead of a combine (rakes up the rice stalks, separates the rice and bags it), but it is actually more efficient for us. For one thing, there's a lot of spillage using a combine -- more so than handling it by hand. The other thing is that even though it gets bagged by the combine, the rice still needs to be taken out of the bags and dried, as the combine needs to collect the rice on the stalks before it completely dries out.

Threshing does not take long and often becomes an event shared with not only family, but friends as well. Everyone helps out.

The bags are taken from the thresher and lined up for sealing and counting.

After everyone's had a little rest complete with ice, soda, beer and lao khao (depending on your preferences), the tresher crew gets their percentage and the bulk of the bags are loaded onto various transports including trucks and Kubota-driven carts.

The bags are then transported for storage at the family house and other family member storage areas.

After phase 5 (transport and storage) has been completed, it's time to eat, drink and party!

February 14 2018

Harvest 2017 - Threshing

With three of the five steps in our yearly rice harvest cycle completed (cutting the rice from all but the top of the stalks; drying and tying small bundles of upper rice stalks; and transporting the bundles to one central pile, stacked), it was now time to don my rice harvesting attire: long pants, socks, sneakers, long sleeve shirt, hat, gloves and a t-shirt as mask.

Silly Falang that I am, I used to take part in the threshing at our farms with only shorts, sneakers, socks, and gloves on. Not only did this expose me overly much to the sun, but it also opened my skin up to a good deal of itching and my respiratory system susceptible to particulate matter. I learned, after too many years of this, to dress up like Kon Thai (Thai people).

While the bundled rice on rice stalks had lain on the ground at our 9 rai rice farm, Thip and I acted as security for the potential harvest. It is not unheard of to have bandits raid unattended fields, once bundling has taken place or especially when piles are made and there’s no one around.

As more and more family from even distant areas gathered at the farm for the final push, there was a fair amount of food preparation and clean-up performed as crews piled all the rice bundles in a stack in preparation for the thresher. I estimated the bundles to be over 1,000, but that’s just a guess (took two people all day, several days before, to bundle them all).

Thresher and crew are hired and they get a percentage of the take (10%). Family and friends assist, doing as much and more than the thresher crew.

After it’s done, there’s a beer and lao khao (rice whiskey) break, right there in the field next to the thresher and the bagged rice.

February 13 2018


Malcolm Gault-Williams substituting at KTYD-FM, Santa Barbara, California, May Day 1981 - Length: 38:56 - Audio Quality: Fair - Notes: one of my favorite airchecks. Most all the cuts are favorites and contains a classic May Day promotion from Wayno, along with humorous promo's for radio advertising and Gerry DeWitt's "Sixties Regurgitated."

February 03 2018

Harvest 2017 - Gathering Bundles

After my 17 th trip to Lao and after Loy Kratong observances immediately upon my return, it was time to harvest the rice on our farms.

Thip out cutting rice stalks on 9 Rai.

There are five basic phases to each year’s harvest on each farm, which all together take up from one week to two:
  1. Cutting the rice from all but the top of the stalks
  2. Drying and tying small bundles of upper rice stalks
  3. Transporting the bundles to one central pile, stacked
  4. Threshing and bagging
  5. Transport and storage

This year, Thip’s brother Sawt (who organizes the yearly planting and harvesting on both farms) learned that with bigger crews, things not only go quicker but also cheaper.

For instance, 20 people can cut rice on 9 or 8.5 rai in one day. Compare this to five people working 5-6 days (getting slower and slower due to tiredness). Money is saved on days paid and most especially on cost of food provided.

Another thing Sawt has learned is that if you plant and harvest early, there are more people available to hire. When most people are planting or harvesting, crews demand a higher price and there’s less people around to employ.

February 01 2018

Shared History - Oct 2017

With this post, I am beginning a new series here at LEGENDARY SURFERS I call "Shared History." The title has a dual meaning: surf history that is shared and surf history that we have been a part of.

This history is not particular to the month that it is listed (in this case, "October 2017"). It's just that the material concerning the surfing history or item of surfing cultural significance reached my desk on that month and that is the month I've collected a group of the best. Material ranges from the earliest recorded writings about surfing to the latest video, just released. As a writer of surfing's history and culture for over 25 years, this is information I feel is important for readers and viewers who are most interested in our history as surfers and the culture we share.

This first group consists of links I've collected during the month of October 2017 (LEGENDARY SURFERS Newsletter #99). Each month I will pass along a new list for you to check out. Aloha!

Mike Bright - Melbourne, Australia. Photo courtesy of the Bright Family.

January 31 2018

January 26 2018

Lao Trip 17.4 - Retrospective

Checking out of the Anusone , the old lady who either managed or owned the place was bad mouthing me to another Lao guy who was also checking out. She thought I didn’t know the language, so freely spoke her mind about the mess I had made, yesterday . I couldn’t blame her. It was a mess. But, I paid extra for its clean-up, so that shut her up -- at least while I was still around. I apologized, paid up and left.

On the way back home, I thought about the trip, appreciating the time that Savath and Lav Su Sai had spent with me and the bills they picked up.

I was glad to have met Naphaphone and hoped I’d see her again.

I was sorry to have missed Duangtar and D’Dao , but knew that someday we would meet again -- barring any difficulty with my health, which so far is good.

As always, I especially appreciated the quiet moments I had at Khoun Ten:

January 12 2018

Dad (1924-2018)

My adopted father, the Reverend Edwin S. Gault , Jr. (Ted), 93, entered into eternal rest at home on Monday, January 8, 2018.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924 to Edwin and Helen Gault. In April of 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and was initially assigned as a Seaman Apprentice. The majority of his service was on the USS Adair and finished on the SS Bound Brook. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the WW II Victory Medal during his 3-years of Service; honorably discharged in March of 1946 with the rank of Signalman 2 nd Class Petty Officer.

With the help of the GI Bill, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, continued his graduate studies at Oxford University earning a Masters of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School. At the University of Edinburgh, he worked on his PhD.

In 1950 he set off on his path of ecumenical service. He was ordained by the United Methodist Church in 1952. He served as Youth Director at First Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT; Student Pastor at South Methodist Church, Middletown, CT; Student Assistant for Youth Work, Cairns Memorial Church of Scotland; Pastor, the Village Church-Methodist, Bayville, NY; Pastor, United Methodist Church, Commack, NY; Pastor, Sheepshead Bay United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, NY; Assistant to the President, The Interchurch Center, New York, NY.

He served the United Methodist Church Conference as Secretary, the New York East Conference, Conference Commission on Higher Education, Conference Board of Pensions, Conference Committee on Rules, Delegate for the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Delegate World Methodist Conference London, Chair Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference Secretaries’ Association.

He was also board member and President of the Ecumenical Foundation for Higher Education in Metropolitan New York; founding member of unifying agency for campus ministry at Columbia, NYU, Hunter and New York City educational institutions eventually becoming the Foundation for Higher Education in Metropolitan New York.; Nassau County Council of Churches, Dean, School of Religion and President, Nassau County Ministers’ Association; member of the Board of Directors of the Morningside Alliance NY, NY.

In retirement in New York, he served as interim pastor at Orient Methodist Church, NY; New Paltz Methodist Church, NY. He performed numerous wedding and baptismal ceremonies around the country for family and friends.

Dad and Mom moved to Ft. Myers in 1992, where Dad continued his service as a member of the 
McKellar Club; Whiskey Creek Membership; choir member at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church and assisted as needed during services; founding member of the Southwest Florida Symphonic Chorale; honored by the Southwest Florida Symphony Society as member of the year 2001-2002; and member of the Yale Alumni Association of Ft. Myers. He enjoyed boating, a good baseball game, sitting on the beach, traveling and being surrounded by family.

Ted is survived by his wife of 44 years Carol, his five children, Malcolm (Thip), Cathie, Fred (Eva), Ann (Steve) and Peter (Kelleen); 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister Jan and his son Chuck (Doreen).

Dad on Armistice Day, 2017 

Memorial Service - Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m., St. Hilary's Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Myers, Florida 33901. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request that you make a donation to St. Hilary's "Repay, Restore and Re-imagine Capital Campaign." This is a Capital Campaign near and dear to Mom and Dad's hearts.

Inurnment Service - Saturday, May 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m., The Columbarium at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, New York.

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