Instagram post by @cronohe Vicki Cronis-Nohe

Spent a couple of hours today in the regional jail, photographing the Tomato King, 80, as he talked about his rise and fall. He left behind his sharecropper roots and fourth-grade education to create a multimillion-dollar wholesale produce empire, but lost most of it to alcohol, drugs, and tragedy. The details of his reign were quite seedy, and I guess I should have been inwardly offended at parts, but it just made me sad. Throughout the interview he pressed decades-old photographs of his wife to the visiting room glass, like she was his proudest accomplishment.



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