HISTORY PART ONE - an introduction
Over the years that our official Korla Pandit Website has been available to the world, we have heard from many fans, friends, and family members of Korla Pandit.
One such family member is St Louis Defense Attorney David de Clue, whose leisure hours away from the courtroom have been consumed for the past 30 years or so piecing together extensive geneological tracings, personal family interviews, official documents, and other material and information, all parts of a giant puzzle, the puzzle of his family's roots, a family which counts among its numbers many gifted members, important contributors to mankind, the family to whom the virtuoso Korla Pandit belongs.
The information which Mr. de Clue has so laboriously gathered irrefutably reveals Korla Pandit's total and complete evolution and life-journey, a fairy tale story best described in the words of Hans Christian Andersen, "Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." That quotation begs these words by Omar Khayyam from the Rubaiyat, "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."
With an ever-increasing barrage of irresponsibly-fabricated, sloppy, half-true "reportage" bordering on sensationalism, poison-penned under the guise of "journalism," encapsuling Korla Pandit's "life" appearing on the Internet and elsewhere, it has become evident to us that our official Korla Pandit Website is the one place where the accurate, completely factual documentation of Korla's intriguing and very dramatic time on earth belongs.
To set the record straight then, we bring you Korla's story in its entirety, an incredibly-dedicated documentation establishing Korla's great significance as an artist, pioneer of early television programming, and descendant of the De Clue family lineage.
We are grateful to David de Clue for providing us with his (copyrighted) biography of Korla Pandit, and granting permission for us to include it here on the official Korla Pandit website.
First, however, meet David de Clue, before you meet again - for the first time - Korla Pandit in the second part of the History.
DAVID DE CLUE - an introduction
David Marshall-Rutledge de Clue is a
35-year resident of Creve Coeur (
Mr. de Clue was born in
He has been the Vice-President of the
family business, Eye & Vision Care, Ltd., in
Throughout the decades he has had
articles published in newspapers in Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis, as well
as a law review article in the St. Louis University Public Law Review (12 St.
Louis U. L. Rev. 505, #2, Oct. 1993). From 1990 - 2000 he published The
Missouri DNA Update, a comprehensive outline of all DNA cases throughout the
His years of family history research
have uncovered numerous well-known, and sometimes famous, immediate family
members and cousins, including Anita Evelyn DeClue (educator), Grace Shropshire
(educator). Alfred Rutledge (former Mayor of McCloud, Oklahoma), Korla Pandit
(pianist/entertainer/television & radio personality), John Anderson
Lankford (the "dean" of African-American architects), Ethel
Hedgemon-Lyle (founder of the "AKA" Sorority), Ron Townsend (of
"The Fifth Dimension" singing group), John Anderson Lankford (ragtime
composer/musician), Harvey McKinley Lankford (bugler for Russell Bros. Circus),
Arthur Edward Lankford (architect), Clinton Stevens Harris (architect), Robert
C. Bumbary (architect), Gregory Cloud (professional photographer), Bishop Henry
McNeal Turner (12th A.M.E. bishop), James Thomas "J. T." Brown
(architect), Frances Redd (actress), Adrian Pepo
(of "The Platters" singing group), Ronald Langston (Bush
Administration appointee and head of the Small Business Administration), Lt.
Col. Michael Anderson (astronaut; perished aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia),
Ray Lankford (baseball player), Rev. Ernest S. Redd (pastor, Second Baptist
Church, Columbia, MO; 8th & Center Street Baptist Church, Hannibal, MO),
and war veterans from every single war in which the U.S. has been involved,
since and including the Civil War. His great-great grandfather, Jean Baptiste
Joseph "Joe" Duclos, and his brother, Etienne "Acan"
Duclos, were Union officers in the Civil War. His uncle, Frank Burnam DeClue,
was part of the Normandy Invasion of World War II, and recently, one of his
cousins was called to active duty in
For more information on the African-American DeClue, Lankford or Rutledge lines, Mr. de Clue can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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