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February 3, 1994
In response to "Sigoloff Drops Bid for Top Schools Job," Jan. 28: I was sorry for the children of California to learn that Sanford Sigoloff's name was withdrawn for state superintendent of public instruction. Again the special interest groups win and the people lose. What a shame that the legislators heard the fear of change from the teachers' union, which is such an important source of campaign funds for the politicians who follow the money instead of leading the public school system out of its low stature.
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February 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Corporate turnaround expert Sanford C. Sigoloff, credited with leading ailing companies such as Wickes Cos. out of bankruptcy but criticized by many as a tough-as-nails boss, has died. He was 80. Sigoloff died of complications from pneumonia Saturday with his family by his side at his Brentwood home. He also had Alzheimer's disease. Sigoloff, whose stern voice and lean figure were familiar to millions of Southern Californians from his "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff" television commercials for Wickes' now-defunct Builders Emporium chain, was an ace at salvaging debt-laden companies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1993 | SANDY BANKS and CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Corporate turnaround wizard Sanford Sigoloff says he has faced tougher challenges than rescuing the state's foundering public school system. And if he is confirmed as the state's next superintendent in January, he will begin by applying the same principles he has relied upon to revive failing businesses: Talk to the customers, the employees, the managers--in this case, parents, teachers and school administrators--to decide what the problems are.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials on Thursday announced the appointment of an interim financial team that will be responsible for restructuring the district's murky budget process so that Board of Education members and parents alike can see where the money comes from and where it goes. Joseph P. Zeronian, a former business manager in the Pasadena and La Canada school districts and now an investment executive, will head the team as interim chief financial officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials on Thursday announced the appointment of an interim financial team that will be responsible for restructuring the district's murky budget process so that Board of Education members and parents alike can see where the money comes from and where it goes. Joseph P. Zeronian, a former business manager in the Pasadena and La Canada school districts and now an investment executive, will head the team as interim chief financial officer.
NEWS
January 30, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman described as the likely front-runner to become Orange County's interim chief executive said Sunday that he is working to assemble a crack team of finance specialists and business consultants to help him lead the county out of its bankruptcy crisis.
MAGAZINE
August 31, 1986
Is it true Sanford Sigoloff was going to enter a balloon of himself in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, but that because of his design specifications, the head would have gotten stuck between the buildings? Robb Willis Costa Mesa
MAGAZINE
January 18, 1987
I want to express my gratitude for the articles about such outstanding people as Richard Feynman, Sanford Sigoloff and, most recently, Milton Friedman--three of my contemporary heroes. I know of no other magazine that devotes itself to covering such persons of great achievement. Randall Davidson Hawthorne
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
The consideration of Sanford Sigoloff to be Orange County's administrator is just incredible. Sigoloff achieved national fame (infamy?) in the best-selling book, "America: What Went Wrong?" by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele (1992), in which the authors devote an entire section to Sigoloff under the heading, "The Lucrative Business of Bankruptcy." They tell how Sigoloff first became "Ming the Merciless" by firing 12,000 employees at B. Altman, Bonwitt Teller, Sakowitz and other stores and making millions for himself in the process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Corporate turnaround expert Sanford C. Sigoloff, credited with leading ailing companies such as Wickes Cos. out of bankruptcy but criticized by many as a tough-as-nails boss, has died. He was 80. Sigoloff died of complications from pneumonia Saturday with his family by his side at his Brentwood home. He also had Alzheimer's disease. Sigoloff, whose stern voice and lean figure were familiar to millions of Southern Californians from his "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff" television commercials for Wickes' now-defunct Builders Emporium chain, was an ace at salvaging debt-laden companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1995
Sigoloff, a specialist in rescuing troubled companies, serves on the state's Board of Education, chairing the committee on performance and evaluation. A graduate of Beverly Hills High School and UCLA, Sigoloff, 64, became a reluctant media star in the mid-1980s when he was featured in TV ads for the troubled Wickes Companies. ("We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff"). Head of a Santa Monica consulting firm, Sigoloff teaches a course in crisis management at UCLA's Graduate School of Management.
NEWS
February 11, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of worry, the county's rank and file workers breathed a sigh of relief Friday that the man nicknamed "Ming the Merciless" would not be taking aim at their jobs. But they worried that William J. Popejoy may not understand the workings of county government. "Thank God it wasn't 'Ming the Merciless,' " assessor Larry L. Bales said of Sanford C. Sigoloff, a corporate turnaround specialist long believed to be the front-runner for interim chief executive officer.
NEWS
February 10, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Orange County supervisors struggled under mounting pressure Thursday to pick a new top administrator--with three ready to endorse tough turnaround specialist Sanford C. Sigoloff and two undecided--department heads and employees openly worried about what life would be like under the leading candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
The consideration of Sanford Sigoloff to be Orange County's administrator is just incredible. Sigoloff achieved national fame (infamy?) in the best-selling book, "America: What Went Wrong?" by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele (1992), in which the authors devote an entire section to Sigoloff under the heading, "The Lucrative Business of Bankruptcy." They tell how Sigoloff first became "Ming the Merciless" by firing 12,000 employees at B. Altman, Bonwitt Teller, Sakowitz and other stores and making millions for himself in the process.
NEWS
January 30, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman described as the likely front-runner to become Orange County's interim chief executive said Sunday that he is working to assemble a crack team of finance specialists and business consultants to help him lead the county out of its bankruptcy crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1994
In response to "Sigoloff Drops Bid for Top Schools Job," Jan. 28: I was sorry for the children of California to learn that Sanford Sigoloff's name was withdrawn for state superintendent of public instruction. Again the special interest groups win and the people lose. What a shame that the legislators heard the fear of change from the teachers' union, which is such an important source of campaign funds for the politicians who follow the money instead of leading the public school system out of its low stature.
NEWS
February 10, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Orange County supervisors struggled under mounting pressure Thursday to pick a new top administrator--with three ready to endorse tough turnaround specialist Sanford C. Sigoloff and two undecided--department heads and employees openly worried about what life would be like under the leading candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1993 | SANDY BANKS and CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Corporate turnaround wizard Sanford Sigoloff says he has faced tougher challenges than rescuing the state's foundering public school system. And if he is confirmed as the state's next superintendent in January, he will begin by applying the same principles he has relied upon to revive failing businesses: Talk to the customers, the employees, the managers--in this case, parents, teachers and school administrators--to decide what the problems are.
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