Russell Charles Kick III was born on July 20, 1969 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he spent his youth. His mother, Jane (Woody) Kick, was an executive assistant and later a housewife. His father, Russell Charles Kick II, became chairman of the Accounting and Finance Department at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Russ enrolled there, majoring in psychology and graduated in 1991.
A short early marriage to Kimberly Ganon ended with a divorce. Mr Kick has survived by his sister and his mother.
When he was young, Mr. Kick vacuumed the information. In an interview, his sister was surrounded by a book containing a copy of the dog’s ears in “Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Learn But Probably Didn’t” (1987) by William Wilson and Judy Jones. He said he grew up. I played a competitive round of Trivial Pursuit.
After graduating from college, he began a PhD program in public policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he received a full scholarship. However, he lost interest, dropped out, and instead enrolled in the Nashville State Institute of Technology (now Nashville State Community College) to study communication arts.
His sister said attending a college of technology where he graduated in 1995 was a turning point in his life. The program developed his innate interests and taught him how to create websites and design books. While still a student, he produced his first book, Outpost: A Catalog of Rare and Annoying Alternatives (1995).
“He was a true polymath,” public record researcher and Kick’s friend Michael Ravnitzky said in an email.
“I was interested in all the subjects in the sun and sought factual information and fictitious expressions throughout the scope of human existence,” Kick added.