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Photograph was edited for publication purposes Ben Reddick was the publisher of several small California newspapers and a former Orange County supervisor. He was largely credited with coining the term "Okies" for a story he did on the immigration of Dust Bowl refugees into California in the 1930s. Reddick was named an "Honorary Okie" by the Oklahoma governor in 1968. He was a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in the 1950s, served on the state Water Quality Control Board, and worked for several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Examiner. He bought his first newspaper, the Newport Balboa Press, in 1944, which he developed into the Newport Harbor News Press. Reddick later published the San Fernando Valley Times and the Paso Robles Daily Press, which he owned until 1996. He died in 1997. Photograph caption dated January 25, 1964 reads "Commemoration of 24 years of service to Orange County and its Coast Association was made to Ben Reddick, publisher of the Valley Times, during the Golden Anniversary Banquet of the association this week. Pictured as a plaque was presented, left to right, Reddick, William Phillips, chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Orange County; and Ralph C. Kiser, president of the Coast Association."
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