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March 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ron Smith, a rare campaign strategist who worked both sides of the partisan aisle, managing races for some of California's most prominent politicians in a decades-long career, has died. He was 71 and suffered a blood infection. Smith, who was openly gay long before it was widely accepted, promoted candidates who shared his philosophy of fiscal conservatism and broad-mindedness on social issues. Most were Republicans, including several from Silicon Valley, among them former Reps.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ron Smith, a rare campaign strategist who worked both sides of the partisan aisle, managing races for some of California's most prominent politicians in a decades-long career, has died. He was 71 and suffered a blood infection. Smith, who was openly gay long before it was widely accepted, promoted candidates who shared his philosophy of fiscal conservatism and broad-mindedness on social issues. Most were Republicans, including several from Silicon Valley, among them former Reps.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Ron Smith, a rare campaign strategist who worked both sides of the partisan aisle, managing races for some of California's most prominent politicians in a decades-long career, died Tuesday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 71 and had a blood infection. Smith, who was openly gay long before it was widely accepted, promoted candidates who shared his philosophy of fiscal conservatism and broad-mindedness on social issues. Most were Republicans, including several from Silicon Valley, among them former Reps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Ron Smith, a rare campaign strategist who worked both sides of the partisan aisle, managing races for some of California's most prominent politicians in a decades-long career, died Tuesday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 71 and had a blood infection. Smith, who was openly gay long before it was widely accepted, promoted candidates who shared his philosophy of fiscal conservatism and broad-mindedness on social issues. Most were Republicans, including several from Silicon Valley, among them former Reps.
NEWS
July 8, 1995
Ron Smith, 65, an Emmy Award-winning hairstylist to such stars as Nat King Cole, Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Count Basie and Sugar Ray Robinson. Smith shared an Emmy for his work in the TV movie "Mystic Warrior," and was nominated for the award four more times. He styled hair for 16 films and, on television, 36 series, 11 specials, 23 movies of the week and several commercials. Most recently, he styled the hair of Avery Brooks, who plays the lead role of Cmdr.
MAGAZINE
May 17, 1992 | TOM WALDMAN, Tom Waldman is a Los Angeles writer who specializes in state and national politics.
IT ALL STARTED WITH RICHARD NIXON. "IT WAS AT HIS HOME IN 1961, AND there was a meeting to encourage him to run for governor of California." Ron Smith relishes this story. "I forget what key job I had; holding the door or something. I remember seeing Nixon up close for the first time. I got cold chills and almost fainted." Imagine the impression on an 18-year-old college student. Richard Nixon was a star, an avatar, the political equivalent of Elvis. He was irresistible.
SPORTS
April 18, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
New York Ranger General Manager Neil Smith introduced Mike Keenan, former coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, as their replacement for interim coach Ron Smith. "I think one of the reasons Neil is excited about having me here is I am stamped a winner, not a disciplinarian," said Keenan, who denied reports that he was hired over the objections of Smith.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1988
Dorothy O. Wright has spent the last five years jotting the ups and downs of her stormy relationship with Crandall Financial Corp. in a series of private date books. To assist in the government's investigation of Crandall, Wright transcribed several pages of those notes. The excerpts from those pages begin with an undated entry about a TV appearance by one of Crandall's owners: Had heard Ron Smith extoll the excellence of an investment in hard assets such as diamonds on Financial Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | BONNIE HAYES
Police were searching Tuesday for a 45-year-old parolee whom they suspect of raping and beating a woman last month in the laundry room of her apartment complex. Jesse Allred, whose address is unknown, was last seen two days after the Dec. 1 attack, police said. Allred had been staying briefly at an apartment in the 700 block of Scott Place in Costa Mesa, about one block from the victim's home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 79-year-old woman was raped in her home by an intruder who broke in through a kitchen door and stole about $30 from her purse, police said Tuesday. The victim, who lived alone in an apartment on Royal Palm Drive, was watching television in her living room around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when the intruder broke in and then struck her several times in the head with his fist, Police Sgt. Ron Smith said. The woman suffered a bloody nose in the attack as well as several bruises, Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2011
Itamar Franco Former president helped Brazil tame inflation Itamar Franco, 81, former Brazilian president who in the 1990s tamed inflation in Latin America's biggest country, died of a stroke Saturday at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital, the hospital said in a statement. He had been hospitalized since May after being diagnosed with leukemia and pneumonia. Franco became president in 1992 after Fernando Collor de Mello stepped down to avoid being impeached as a result of corruption charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | BONNIE HAYES
Police were searching Tuesday for a 45-year-old parolee whom they suspect of raping and beating a woman last month in the laundry room of her apartment complex. Jesse Allred, whose address is unknown, was last seen two days after the Dec. 1 attack, police said. Allred had been staying briefly at an apartment in the 700 block of Scott Place in Costa Mesa, about one block from the victim's home.
NEWS
July 8, 1995
Ron Smith, 65, an Emmy Award-winning hairstylist to such stars as Nat King Cole, Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Count Basie and Sugar Ray Robinson. Smith shared an Emmy for his work in the TV movie "Mystic Warrior," and was nominated for the award four more times. He styled hair for 16 films and, on television, 36 series, 11 specials, 23 movies of the week and several commercials. Most recently, he styled the hair of Avery Brooks, who plays the lead role of Cmdr.
SPORTS
April 18, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
New York Ranger General Manager Neil Smith introduced Mike Keenan, former coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, as their replacement for interim coach Ron Smith. "I think one of the reasons Neil is excited about having me here is I am stamped a winner, not a disciplinarian," said Keenan, who denied reports that he was hired over the objections of Smith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, forced into a runoff election by the upstart campaign of Rolling Hills Mayor Gordana Swanson, has fired his longtime political adviser and brought in a new team to plot a different course for the November election. The shake-up in the campaign comes after Dana's surprising weakness in the June primary, in which he polled just 42% of the vote, far less than the 50% plus one vote need to win the election outright.
MAGAZINE
May 17, 1992 | TOM WALDMAN, Tom Waldman is a Los Angeles writer who specializes in state and national politics.
IT ALL STARTED WITH RICHARD NIXON. "IT WAS AT HIS HOME IN 1961, AND there was a meeting to encourage him to run for governor of California." Ron Smith relishes this story. "I forget what key job I had; holding the door or something. I remember seeing Nixon up close for the first time. I got cold chills and almost fainted." Imagine the impression on an 18-year-old college student. Richard Nixon was a star, an avatar, the political equivalent of Elvis. He was irresistible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1988 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
Ron and Linda Smith, Orange County's newest Lotto 6/49 millionaires, dined Monday at their comfortable Westminster home on ham and bologna sandwiches. He had a pickle and milk on the side. She sipped a Sprite. They may have won one-third of the world-record, $61.98-million Lotto jackpot, and were just hours away from facing dozens of reporters at a news conference in Los Angeles. But, no sir, they weren't going to change their ways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, forced into a runoff election by the upstart campaign of Rolling Hills Mayor Gordana Swanson, has fired his longtime political adviser and brought in a new team to plot a different course for the November election. The shake-up in the campaign comes after Dana's surprising weakness in the June primary, in which he polled just 42% of the vote, far less than the 50% plus one vote need to win the election outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 79-year-old woman was raped in her home by an intruder who broke in through a kitchen door and stole about $30 from her purse, police said Tuesday. The victim, who lived alone in an apartment on Royal Palm Drive, was watching television in her living room around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when the intruder broke in and then struck her several times in the head with his fist, Police Sgt. Ron Smith said. The woman suffered a bloody nose in the attack as well as several bruises, Smith said.
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