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Service award
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Reddick, Ben
Valley Times (Firm)
Valley Times (Firm)--Employees
Orange County Coast Association
Orange County Coast Association--Presidents
Publishers and publishing--California--Orange County
Newspaper employees--California--Orange County
County council members--California--Orange County
Men--California--Orange County
Awards--California--Orange County
Plaques, plaquettes--California--Orange County
Orange County (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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