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July 1, 1990
Please don't let female chauvinists ban Jack Smith's column from the magazine. If they cannot appreciate his humor, let them skip the page. DEENA WILSON La Crescenta
October 14, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Discerning moviegoers will barely have time to catch their breath this week amid the eclectic and heady mix of film festivals, retrospectives, classic movies and other cinematic treats screening around town. Those whose tastes run to the subversive likely will want to check out the Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant-Garde Film Festival, which begins Thursday evening and continues through Saturday at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater. Over three days, the festival will show avant-garde movies from the early 1960s to present day, all of which have been selected from the collection of the New American Cinema Group/New York's Film-Makers' Cooperative.
April 29, 1996
A public tribute to Jack Smith, the late Los Angeles Times columnist, will be held at 10 a.m. May 4 in the Bovard Auditorium of the Bovard Administration Building at USC. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The auditorium seats 1,500. To reach the facility, enter Gate 3 from South Figueroa Street at West 35th Street. Parking ($6) is just beyond the gate.
January 31, 2010 | Steve Harvey
Just how an Elephant Racing Club materialized at Orange County State College, now Cal State Fullerton, in 1962 is a matter of debate. One story credits a whimsical bureaucrat who drew up the application for forming clubs on campus. Next to the space marked "Name," he wrote "Elephant Racing Club" as a hypothetical example. Another version credits the dean of students, who had taught in India. He supposedly joked about a pachyderm competition when students were searching around for a spring-madness-type exercise.
December 9, 1990
After reading "Licentious Plates," by Jack Smith (Oct. 28), I decided to explain where the "epithet commonly applied to Italians" came from. When millions of Italian immigrants came to America, not speaking English, the U.S. Immigration Officers asked if they had official papers. The ones without were separated with a badge that read WOP (Without Official Papers). However, I agree with the Sons of Italy in asking the DMV to remove De la Paix plates. MANLIO MELILLO Torrance
August 23, 1985
I am 65 years old. My family moved from Texas to California when I was 15. My father subscribed to The Times. When I left home, as a young man, I lived in several areas of Southern California, but one of my first moves always was to subscribe to The Times. It was like an old friend following me wherever I went. I still subscribe. The first reason I do so may be sentimental and traditional, but the second reason (today) would have to be Jack Smith's column. When he is ill or on vacation, I feel very deprived.
January 10, 1996
Jack Smith was the most beloved of Times columnists and would have politely scolded anyone who offered that description. He might have launched into a fervid monologue on the precise meaning of the word beloved, citing literary examples and perhaps a memory from his school days. Smith seemed to write a great deal about beloved teachers, which meant either that they had inspired him or had an attractive figure.
December 18, 1994
Jack's Smith's "After the Fall--String Beans and Champagne" (Nov. 28) affected me to the extent that I kept the article. To read it made me appreciate the indomitable spirit that enabled him to write, imparting courage, animation and determination in the face of adversity. There are so many people who suffer physical disabilities who can relate to Jack Smith's troublesome situation. ANTHONY T. CARSOLA Beverly Hills
January 31, 1987
I watched XXI on TV. The next day I couldn't wait until I was reading the Los Angeles Times sports section. What did Jim Murray, Mark Heisler, Scott Ostler, Bob Oates, Mike Downey and others have to say? My score: Jack Smith, 1, and all others, 0. Your regulars were real professional in their comments, but Jack Smith was downright entertaining. Please induce Jack Smith to write again for your section. ALFRED W. BENNETT Camarillo
March 24, 1991
Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith will receive the Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award, the highest honor of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, at the club's 33rd annual awards banquet Wednesday at the Music Center Pavilion. KTLA news anchor Larry McCormick will emcee the event, which is open to the public. Awards for excellence in print and broadcast journalism and public relations will be presented. The banquet at 7:30 will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 in the Grand Hall.
February 14, 2008
Over his 42 years with The Times, Jack Smith formed a bond with readers. Starting Friday, "Smith on Wry: Jack Smith, Columnist for Our Times" will glimpse behind the musings, in a show culled from 140 boxes of letters, photos and memorabilia given to the Huntington Library after his death in 1996. Among them: photos of him doing rewrite circa 1960, pictured, and of a suit-clad Smith running on a track alongside his interview subject. "Jack Smith was such an important figure in L.A.
January 17, 2008
Re "Man of the House": Chris Erskine channels Jack Smith. His columns never fail to bring a smile and, more often than not, a chuckle. He is terrific! Roberta Hopkins Rossmoor
July 10, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
He was known as "the Man With the Smile in His Voice." "Smiling" Jack Smith, a singer and recording artist who had his own radio show in the 1940s and early '50s and later took over as host of the popular "You Asked for It" TV show, has died. He was 92. Smith died of leukemia July 3 at his home in Westlake Village, said Dorris Halsey, a longtime friend. Smith, who launched his singing career at the Cocoanut Grove in the early 1930s, may be best remembered for "You Asked for It."
September 19, 2004
I regularly read Susan Spano's column, Her World. Her article "60 Curious, Brave Women Travelers" [Sept. 5] was particularly inspired and perhaps her best work. The Times hasn't published anything this good since columnist Jack Smith died. She made me want to go back to the National Portrait Gallery in London. Michele Stone Tujunga
April 13, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Denise Bresson "Denny" Smith, the mainstay of many of the Los Angeles Times columns written by her husband, Jack Smith, died Monday. She was 83. Smith died of pancreatic cancer in the Los Angeles hillside home she shared with her husband from 1950 until his death on Jan. 9, 1996. Although rarely named, Denise Smith was the most oft-mentioned character in the column her husband penned from 1958 until Christmas Day 1995.
April 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Smith, an Emmy award-winning correspondent for ABC News who reported on the Iran-Contra affair, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, more recently, technology in the Silicon Valley, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Marin County, Calif. He was 58. ABC News President David Westin said, "Jack knew how to communicate as few others do and did it with eloquence, wit and grace. He made an invaluable contribution to ABC News, and we mourn his loss."
September 27, 2003 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Jack Smith Jr. died at 14 on May 6. Three months later, his father set out to honor him by skateboarding across the U.S. The elder Smith had done it twice before, most recently in 1984. But now at 46, he had reached an age when even a cross-country drive can be taxing.
December 4, 2002 | From Reuters
Rick Wagoner, the youngest chief executive at General Motors Corp. in more than half a century, will add the post of chairman next year, succeeding Jack Smith, who is retiring, the company said Tuesday. Throughout GM's history, the chairman of the company has often also been the CEO. Wagoner, 49, will give up the title of president. The world's biggest automaker did not name a successor.
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