Mr. Klepinger lived in a lower middle-income neighborhood at 11916 Neenach Street where, in time, his childhood home was condemned by the State of California through eminent domain to build a freeway.
Mr. Klepinger’s family moved to Sylmar, California, settling again in a lower middle-income neighborhood, where he attended Olive Vista Junior High School and Sylmar High School. While in senior high he also worked 32 hours a week for Alpha Beta Markets under the tutelage of Cletus Bonds. He graduated in 1965 and began working full-time in the retail market field.
Again, his family property was condemned by the state under the process of eminent domain – ironically, for an extension of the same freeway that took his first home.
In March of 1966, Mr. Klepinger decided to quit his job with Alpha Beta Markets and enlist in the United States Army, serving three tours in Vietnam.
Upon returning he attended El Camino Junior College where he was named on the Dean’s List for academic excellence, transferred to San Jose State University and graduated with a BA degree in political science.
He worked with Walker and Lee Real Estate as a salesperson, then later joined the City of San Jose Parks and Recreation Department. In 1975 he decided to return to San Jose State University, was awarded a Mott Foundation Academic Grant, receiving his MA degree in education, with an emphasis in supervision and administration in 1977.
Mr. Klepinger continued to work for the city until 1979 when he decided to move to Japan to teach English as a Second Language, consequently living and teaching as an adjunct university instructor in that country for approximately 23 years.
While in Japan he met his wife, Akiko, when she was a teacher at the same institute where he began his teaching career and has been happily married for over 25 years.
In 2004, Lawrence Klepinger ran for United States Congress as a New Republican in the Second Congressional District, in the state of Washington.
Even though he officially asked for GOP backing from the Whatcom County Republicans, he was denied any backing whatsoever mainly because he supported a woman’s right to choose and was not vehemently homophobic as the ruling Evangelical Element of the party demanded that he be.
During his campaign, Mr. Klepinger took no campaign contributions, ran on a strong national defense, advocated a massive tax overhaul that would have dramatically lowered income taxes for every American citizen, supported a national healthcare system along the lines of what federal government employees receive and promised to update and modernize the public education system.
Much to the chagrin of the Washington GOP, when the primary election was held, Mr. Klepinger was actually ahead in the popular vote all week long, until all the absentee ballots were counted, in which he finally lost by approximately 3% of the official primary tally.
After his campaign, Mr. Klepinger completed his first novel entitled, LAND, which was published in early 2005.
In July of 2005, Mr. Klepinger got an invitation to teach English in Fujian Province, at Fuzhou University, for one year in the People’s Republic of China.
During his time in China he assembled material and information which he compiled into his most recent book entitled, CHINA HOUSE, a scathing account as to what is really going on in the People’s Republic of China.This book, along with his other publications, can be found on Amazon.com.
His other publications include WRITE ENGLISH RIGHT and WHERE THE ACTION IS, both published by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., in New York.
Mr.Klepinger has written numerous articles as a free-lance journalist for the Whatcom Independent Newspaper, recounting his travels with regard to political, economic and social trends in such diverse countries as the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Panama.
He has also written academic articles and educational publications having to do with teaching English as a Second Language in Japan, has held graduate lecture classes at the University of Western Australia and has acted as an educational consultant to ESL teachers in the Republic of Panama.
In addition to this, Lawrence Klepinger has over 100 short stories, 1000 poems and 200 copyrighted songs to his credit. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar while singing his own songs.
He is currently residing in Kobe, Japan, with his wife and is engaged in various writing and lecture activities. When not “working” Lawrence likes to get together with his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren who live nearby for weekend barbecues, going to the park and teaching his grandkids how to fly kites, go fishing and in general enjoys life as it presents itself.
In considering how lucky Mr. Klepinger is to even be alive after surviving polio as a child, being wounded in combat in Vietnam, and nearly being killed in a vicious motorcycle accident, he approaches life one day at a time, counts his blessings and takes nothing for granted.
One of Mr. Klepinger’s favorite sayings is, “I like to fly kites because they make you look up.”
And looking up is one thing Lawrence Klepinger has done his entire life.