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July 10, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jeff Smith, a white-bearded minister who became public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" before a sex scandal ruined his career, has died, his business manager announced Friday in Seattle. He was 65. Smith died in his sleep Wednesday, Jim Paddleford said. He had long suffered from heart disease, and had a valve replaced in 1981. In the 1960s, Smith, a United Methodist minister, began teaching a course at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Thousand Oaks estate that former ballplayer Lenny Dykstra lost to foreclosure last month has returned to the Multiple Listing Service priced at $10.5 million. The lavish property, once listed by Dykstra at $25 million, was marketed at $9.999 million before its purchase by Index Investors on the steps of the Ventura County courthouse. Index Investors' winning bid of $760,712 does not reflect additional amounts owed for missed payments, taxes and the $12-million first loan held by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Jeff Smith of Index Investors, a development firm, has declined to reveal the exact purchase price, citing a nondisclosure agreement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992 | From Associated Press
Has Frug-bashing become the soupe du jour for food purists? Jeff Smith has been roasted to a crisp in recent Harper's Magazine, Newsweek and newspaper articles. But as the Frugal Gourmet, host of the most popular TV cooking show and author of some of the best-selling cookbooks in history, he can afford to laugh. He says he can take the heat and won't get out of the kitchen. In fact, he is planning a trip to Italy this fall for his next book and TV series, "The Frugal Gourmet's Italian Journal."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Chuck Smith, founder of the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement, decided to invest big in radio, the Orange County evangelist joined forces with a pastor he trusted. Mike Kestler was one of his proteges, a folksy preacher with a ponytail who had ridden the Calvary phenomenon to a pulpit in Twin Falls, Idaho. Smith had presided at Kestler's wedding. He'd helped Kestler keep his job after a churchgoer complained that Kestler had begged her to run away with him.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2002 | Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writer
Through the viewfinder of his mother's video camera, Jeffrey Smith looked the picture of Marine Corps confidence in the moments before takeoff on June 29, 1992. Fit and trim in his olive flight suit and aviator shades, the 29-year-old pilot flashed a Tom Cruise smile as he made his final preflight checks. He walked around the wings of his AV-8B Harrier, inspected the flaps and climbed nearly all the way into the huge conical intakes, surveying the fan blades for any hint of damage.
NEWS
December 19, 1993
Your article on cooking shows (TV Times, Nov. 28) completely missed the boat on Jeff Smith ("The Frugal Gourmet"). He is, by no means, a "geek." If there is anybody on the planet who's truly happy that people and cultures are different, it's Jeff Smith. His shows are celebrations, not cooking lessons. If the world was filled with cooks of his ability, but also with his attitude, we'd all be much better off. Robert Parker, Pasadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Chuck Smith, founder of the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement, decided to invest big in radio, the Orange County evangelist joined forces with a pastor he trusted. Mike Kestler was one of his proteges, a folksy preacher with a ponytail who had ridden the Calvary phenomenon to a pulpit in Twin Falls, Idaho. Smith had presided at Kestler's wedding. He'd helped Kestler keep his job after a churchgoer complained that Kestler had begged her to run away with him.
BUSINESS
September 8, 1991 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time it did business in Southern California, Smith's Food & Drug Centers got run out of town. Now Salt Lake City-based Smith's is one of the hottest supermarket chains in the West, and it's coming back to the Southland with a score to settle. Will Smith's be a winner its second time around with its new king-size stores, where shoppers will be able to buy everything from concert tickets to takeout Chinese food to cold tablets?
NEWS
January 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
The price tag for settling sexual abuse charges against Jeff Smith, public television's "Frugal Gourmet," was nearly $5 million, according to court documents. Terms of the settlement, which were not disclosed at the time it was reached in July, were confirmed by Ed Winskill, Smith's attorney, according to the Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Smith agreed to the settlement just before a civil trial was to begin in July in which seven men alleged that Smith sexually molested them.
SPORTS
May 17, 1986
Mark Schlegel drove in three runs and Glenn Evans pitched a complete game to help Newbury Park defeat Torrance, 3-2, in the first round of the Southern Section 4-A baseball playoffs. Torrance took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a three-run homer by Chad Schluchter, but Newbury Park rallied in the fourth on a two-run homer by Schlegel. In the fifth, Jeff Smith led off with a walk, Loyd Wood doubled and Schlegel drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, the savvy documentary "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" appears to be about the underdog grass-roots campaign of an eager young adjunct professor from Washington University as he seeks to fill the shoes of Missouri Democrat Dick Gephardt in the House of Representatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jeff Smith, a white-bearded minister who became public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" before a sex scandal ruined his career, has died, his business manager announced Friday in Seattle. He was 65. Smith died in his sleep Wednesday, Jim Paddleford said. He had long suffered from heart disease, and had a valve replaced in 1981. In the 1960s, Smith, a United Methodist minister, began teaching a course at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2002 | Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writer
Through the viewfinder of his mother's video camera, Jeffrey Smith looked the picture of Marine Corps confidence in the moments before takeoff on June 29, 1992. Fit and trim in his olive flight suit and aviator shades, the 29-year-old pilot flashed a Tom Cruise smile as he made his final preflight checks. He walked around the wings of his AV-8B Harrier, inspected the flaps and climbed nearly all the way into the huge conical intakes, surveying the fan blades for any hint of damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2002 | Dana Parsons
A mother and son can grow unusually close living together in a trailer for 21 years. And then, when the woman who adopted you at birth begins to slide away in her 70s and dies, and leaves you grieving for the only real family you had left, the sense of loss can be pulverizing. Maybe that sadness is stoking the anger Jeffrey Smith is feeling these days. Maybe, as more time flows since his mother's death 32 days ago, he'll see things differently.
NEWS
January 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
The price tag for settling sexual abuse charges against Jeff Smith, public television's "Frugal Gourmet," was nearly $5 million, according to court documents. Terms of the settlement, which were not disclosed at the time it was reached in July, were confirmed by Ed Winskill, Smith's attorney, according to the Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Smith agreed to the settlement just before a civil trial was to begin in July in which seven men alleged that Smith sexually molested them.
NEWS
December 19, 1993
Your article on cooking shows (TV Times, Nov. 28) completely missed the boat on Jeff Smith ("The Frugal Gourmet"). He is, by no means, a "geek." If there is anybody on the planet who's truly happy that people and cultures are different, it's Jeff Smith. His shows are celebrations, not cooking lessons. If the world was filled with cooks of his ability, but also with his attitude, we'd all be much better off. Robert Parker, Pasadena
FOOD
January 30, 1992
I must write in response to the two people who wrote scathing remarks concerning Jeff Smith, "The Frugal Gourmet," in the Food section's letters column (Dec. 26). Jeff has one of the most entertaining food-cooking shows in the country. He gives us the history of either the dish he is preparing or of the particular spice he is using, and he takes us to some of those places I will never go. He is charming, delightful and very much a personality. I love his shows and never miss one if I can help it. I hope KCET never stops showing his absolutely wonderful show.
SPORTS
April 4, 1987 | STEVE ELLING, Times Staff Writer
Jeffrey Robert Smith is trying to remedy a lifelong identity problem. His name, it seems, doesn't exactly lend itself to the tips of tongues or to top-of-the-page headlines. "I have to believe that he's one of the most underrated players in the Valley," Montclair Prep Coach Jeff Pressman said of his diminutive leadoff hitter and relief specialist. "He's small and he doesn't have great speed, but he's one of the toughest outs we've ever had here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992 | From Associated Press
Has Frug-bashing become the soupe du jour for food purists? Jeff Smith has been roasted to a crisp in recent Harper's Magazine, Newsweek and newspaper articles. But as the Frugal Gourmet, host of the most popular TV cooking show and author of some of the best-selling cookbooks in history, he can afford to laugh. He says he can take the heat and won't get out of the kitchen. In fact, he is planning a trip to Italy this fall for his next book and TV series, "The Frugal Gourmet's Italian Journal."
FOOD
January 30, 1992
I must write in response to the two people who wrote scathing remarks concerning Jeff Smith, "The Frugal Gourmet," in the Food section's letters column (Dec. 26). Jeff has one of the most entertaining food-cooking shows in the country. He gives us the history of either the dish he is preparing or of the particular spice he is using, and he takes us to some of those places I will never go. He is charming, delightful and very much a personality. I love his shows and never miss one if I can help it. I hope KCET never stops showing his absolutely wonderful show.
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