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September 10, 2007
Re "An in-law-made man," Sept. 6 As the father of two young adult men, I guess I should just tell them to marry well, sit back and let their marriage and new family give them "ambition" and "an education, a profession, a political party," just as Fred Thompson received. I've always thought individuals must first define their personal values and convictions, then focus and put in the consistent, successful hard work necessary to achieve whatever goals they choose.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl
In the middle of a widely watched court battle over its system for choosing officials, the city of Palmdale elected its first African American councilman Tuesday. Retired college administrator Fred Thompson won one of two City Council seats on the ballot. But it will be up to an appellate court to determine whether the election is legitimate. Activists recently won a lawsuit that said the city's at-large method of electing officials violates the California Voting Rights Act, citing as evidence that the minorities who make up much of Palmdale's population have been largely unable to elect one of their own due to racially polarized voting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who is not seeking reelection in November, is reportedly in negotiations to join the cast of NBC's long-running legal series "Law & Order" this fall. Thompson, who would be the first sitting senator to play a leading role in a TV series, would replace Dianne Wiest as the New York City district attorney and boss of executive assistant D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm), according to reports.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2010
BOOKS Fred Thompson Sandwiched between reminisces of small-town life growing up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Thompson charts his many incarnations — as a Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee, attorney, sometime lobbyist, talk-radio host and character actor ("Law & Order") who telegraphs governmental authority like nobody's business — in his new book, "Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances." Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
OPINION
October 19, 1997 | Alan C. Miller and Glenn F. Bunting, Alan C. Miller and Glenn F. Bunting are investigative reporters in the Washington bureau of The Times
Fred Dalton Thompson, the prosecutor-turned-actor-turned-politician, seemed perfectly cast for the biggest role of his brief career as a U.S. senator: spearheading the investigation of campaign fund-raising abuses. The imposing, 6-foot-5-inch Tennessee Republican, a divorced grandfather of five, burnished his credentials as the real-life minority counsel to Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr.
NEWS
January 1, 1995 | EDWIN CHEN
He crisscrossed Tennessee in a red pickup, wearing cowboy boots, blue jeans and plaid shirts. At a rally of beleaguered tobacco farmers, he showed up with a wad of chewing tobacco in one cheek and a cigar protruding from a shirt pocket. When it comes to role-playing, Fred Dalton Thompson will have few equals in the 104th Congress. But don't be misled by his well-honed thespian skills. The Nashville lawyer/movie actor is as comfortable in the corridors of power as he is in front of a camera.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson -- whose potential candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination has drawn more attention than some of the declared candidates -- Friday urged a continued military presence in Iraq as a barrier to even further destabilization in the Middle East. "I don't think it's any question that if we leave Iraq before there is some semblance of stability brought about in that nation ...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Let's be clear: There's no "Bedtime for Bonzo" in Fred Thompson's past. That's not to say there haven't been a few cinematic duds for the lawyer-actor-U.S. senator. But for someone contemplating a presidential run -- as a Republican, of course -- his bio on the Internet Movie Database is hefty enough to make Warren Beatty jealous.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
. -- Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values. The display of vigor last week was timely: Two months into his bid for the nomination, the former Tennessee senator is fighting to shake the image of a laid-back -- even lazy -- candidate who lacks the fervor of his rivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Last week, Fred Thompson announced he was throwing his hat into the 2008 presidential race. Perhaps the former Republican senator was inspired to become a candidate after playing a famous Republican U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant, in HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which arrives today in a two-disc DVD set ($27). Based on Dee Brown's acclaimed bestseller, "Bury My Heart" has received the most Emmy nominations (17) of any program this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2010
The Early Show Amanda Seyfried. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Will Forte and Kristen Wiig; Pat Brown. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Matthew Fox; Fred Thompson; Emeril Lagasse. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Matthew Fox ("Lost"); Matthew Morrison ("Glee"). (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jorge Garcia; Fred Thompson; Tim Hasselbeck. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors LL Cool J. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Martha Stewart Show Chef Ryan Hardy. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC The Oprah Winfrey Show Lisa and Laura Ling discuss Laura's captivity in North Korea.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2008 | Lee Margulies
Former U.S. senator, Republican presidential candidate and actor Fred Thompson soon will be adding the title of radio talk-show host to his job resume. Syndicator Westwood One said Monday that it had lined up the former Tennessee lawmaker and regular on "Law & Order" to take over when "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly" goes off the air. The program will air two hours every weekday, beginning March 2. Officials at KABC-AM (790) in Los Angeles could not be reached for comment on whether they plan to pick up "The Fred Thompson Show" or go with something else in O'Reilly's 9 a.m. slot.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2008 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson abandoned his presidential campaign Tuesday, making an early exit from a race that he entered perhaps too late to gain traction in a crowded Republican field. In his characteristically low-key manner, Thompson gave no news conference and stayed off television, preferring simply to e-mail a one-paragraph statement to reporters. "Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States," Thompson said in the statement.
NEWS
January 19, 2008
Michigan primary: An article in Wednesday's Section A reporting the results of the presidential primary identified Ken Khachigian as an advisor to GOP candidate Mitt Romney. He is an advisor to Republican hopeful Fred Thompson.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2007 | Joe Mathews
In the months of anticipation before former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson officially entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the lawyer-actor-politician was regarded as a formidable contender. Social conservatives were considered likely to coalesce behind his candidacy. And given his Hollywood background and 6-foot-5 frame, Thompson was expected to cut an impressive figure on the campaign trail. Instead, he often has been anything but.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Sam Waterston said he subscribes to Meryl Streep's advice: "Stand up for your character." So after Fred Thompson left NBC's "Law & Order" in June to pursue a presidential bid, Waterston initially rejected the notion of Jack McCoy, the acerbic prosecutor Waterston has played on the show for the last 13 seasons, succeeding Thompson's Arthur Branch as district attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2005 | Matea Gold and Scott Collins, Times Staff Writers
Just because Fred Thompson has been squiring the new Supreme Court nominee around Capitol Hill doesn't mean he's given up greasepaint. Thompson, a Republican Party stalwart and U.S. senator from 1994 to 2003, is serving as an informal advisor to John G. Roberts Jr., the judge picked last week by President Bush to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Possible presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson is lending his voice to radio commercials for a company that says it fights identity thieves and that was co-founded by a man accused of taking money from consumer bank accounts without permission. The one-minute commercials are airing across the country on behalf of Tempe, Ariz.-based LifeLock Inc., which said nearly 200,000 customers pay about $10 a month for services that include placing fraud alerts on their credit files.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Janice Easley's fury over illegal immigration boiled over Saturday as she confronted Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson at the Music Man Square museum. She said she recalled a film about Mexicans who wanted to take over California and New Mexico. Calling illegal immigrants a taxpayer burden, she wondered whether Americans could march in the streets of Mexico and demand welfare. When Iowans call up the power company, she said, "everything is in Spanish; it's sickening."
NATIONAL
December 9, 2007 | DON FREDERICK AND ANDREW MALCOLM
Now that we're coming down to the last few precious weeks before voting begins in the primaries to choose candidates in the race to decide who should lead the country and the Free World, former Sen. Fred Thompson is ramping up his campaign schedule. Seven other hard-working Republican campaigners are close on his tail. One recent morning, according to the schedule from Thompson's press office, he began his campaign day bright and early at 8:15 a.m.
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