It's not unusual for Homestake miners to span three, four or even five generations in Lead. King's family, for example, has deep roots both the community and its mining culture. His sisters worked at Homestake's tourist center, which includes the mine's museum, and an uncle and two cousins were miners (one cousin died there in a mining accident). His parents owned one of Lead's grocery stores from 1958 until 2000, and have operated the pastie shop, another local culinary institute, since 1975. Pasties are a miner's meal, heavy meat-and-potato-filled pastries that resemble Italian calzones, brought to the U.S. by tin miners from Cornwall, England when they immigrated here the 1930s in search of work. The Kings' pasties are popular throughout Lead, and the family even occasionally caters meetings at the Sanford Lab and SDSTA.