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March 13, 1985
Frank Smith, a former vice president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, has been named executive director of the Economic Development Corp. of Orange County, a countywide business promotion organization. The appointment, announced by Thomas Nielsen, EDC chairman and president of Irvine Co., caps a long search for a successor to William Duffy, who resigned the post last September.
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June 23, 2000 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harry L. Usher, the no-nonsense general manager of the 1984 Olympics and right-hand man to Peter Ueberroth in those highly successful Los Angeles Games, died Thursday, apparently of a heart attack, while exercising at a hotel gym in Secaucus, N.J. He was 61. Usher was often given credit, along with Ueberroth, for producing an Olympics with a surplus of $232 million, the most in the movement's history.
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SPORTS
July 22, 1991 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To those who wondered whether the U.S. Olympic Festival would play in Los Angeles, the answer was written in red ink. The extent of the losses became apparent during Sunday's final news conference at a downtown hotel. Elizabeth Primrose-Smith, the executive director of the local organizing committee, announced that the event would lose as much as $2 million and said the 10-day Festival, which ended Sunday, drew an attendance of 200,000, the lowest in 10 years.
NEWS
July 21, 1985
The first anniversary of last year's Olympic Games will be observed next Sunday with the relighting of the Olympic flame and a special two-hour ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum, Mayor Tom Bradley said. The event will honor torch bearers, thousands of volunteers, members of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and others who helped stage the Games. The public is invited to the festivities.
NEWS
February 28, 1985
The UCLA building that served as Westwood headquarters for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee last summer has been named the Peter V. Ueberroth Olympic Office Building in honor of the committee's former president, according to UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young. The committee financed construction of the three-story building at 10945 LeConte Ave. and gave it to UCLA after the games ended. Ueberroth is now the commissioner of major league baseball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1987
Mayor Tom Bradley has appointed the former board chairman of May Co. to the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees millions of dollars in city-sponsored construction and renovation projects throughout Los Angeles. Edwin E. Steidle replaces Christopher Stewart, president of the Central City Assn., who had resigned. Steidle, who started in the retail business with Sears in 1941, headed May Co. from 1974 to 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games today is expected to disclose plans to bring the Games back to Los Angeles in the year 2004. A press conference is scheduled for this morning, at which committee President John Argue will announce the group's intention to approach the U.S. Olympic Committee with such a bid. Sources close to the committee said such distant advance planning is neither unusual nor unnecessary.
SPORTS
August 13, 1986 | RANDY HARVEY
It seems like only two years ago that the Summer Olympics ended in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games already is working toward bringing the Summer Games back to Los Angeles. But don't start training for the torch run yet. The committee is planning to bid for the 2004 Olympics. "We already have competition," SCCOG President John C. Argue said during a luncheon Tuesday at the Biltmore Hotel to mark the anniversary of the 1984 closing ceremony.
SPORTS
October 11, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Wednesday's announcement that Alan Rothenberg will become chairman of the board and Chuck Cale chief executive officer, the three most influential positions on the organizing committee for the 1994 World Cup of soccer have been filled by Southern California lawyers who are veterans of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. So, it was no surprise when the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The leader of the 1984 Olympics joked that he can now be found in the lines of the unemployed. Then Peter Ueberroth's former second-in-command recited a poem suggesting how he might be put back to work--in about 15 years. "I pray, let's do it again," Harry Usher, general manager of the Games, told 600 former members of the paid staff of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
SPORTS
September 11, 1988
A number of L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee staff members went on to significant jobs in sports administration. Here's where some of them have gone: Peter V. Ueberroth: The president of the LAOOC became commissioner of major league baseball. Harry L. Usher: The executive vice president and general manager served as commissioner of the now defunct United States Football League and is now in charge of the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
September 11, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Olympics made one of the greatest profits of any sports event in history, $222.7 million. That surplus, primarily locked away in two major funds, will, by all indications, be distributed in bits and pieces well into the next century. In fact, because of the policies of foundations affiliated with the U.S. Olympic Committee and a successor to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the principal of the surplus has been conserved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Nearly four years after the end of the 1984 Olympics and the filing of a class-action lawsuit, a judge told the legal remnant of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee Wednesday to proceed with up to $250,000 in refunds to purchasers of tickets to the men's basketball semifinals. While final approval of the settlement in the case is not expected until Aug. 31, Superior Court Judge Barnet M. Cooperman said he favors the terms.
BOOKS
December 22, 1985 | Bill Dwyre, Dwyre is The Times' sports editor. and
For those who were touched by the joy of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, reading a book about the man who was most responsible for creating that joy should evoke similar emotion. Yes, should. Peter Ueberroth, the self-made man, a Lee Iacocca West, went from a one-vote election margin that made him president of the newborn Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1979 to Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
After 10 years as chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and then of the foundation disseminating Southern California's $93-million share of the 1984 Olympic surplus, attorney Paul Ziffren is relinquishing the Olympic reins in the city. Television producer David Wolper will be named Thursday to succeed him, board members said. Although it was Peter V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1987
Mayor Tom Bradley has appointed the former board chairman of May Co. to the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees millions of dollars in city-sponsored construction and renovation projects throughout Los Angeles. Edwin E. Steidle replaces Christopher Stewart, president of the Central City Assn., who had resigned. Steidle, who started in the retail business with Sears in 1941, headed May Co. from 1974 to 1983.
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