As the year 2018 became history, it is possible – though never certain – that the remarkable political career of Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., Governor of California for the second of two two-term periods, has come to an end.
It is therefore appropriate - in fact this author believes it is necessary - to review and examine the fundamental character and significant practice of this long-lived political figure.
This is an independent assessment of the nature, priorities, politics and governmental methods of Jerry Brown as California governor, especially as they are to be found in this decade.
The focus is California.
To date the author has found no publication, especially among mainstream media, that compiles all recent relevant Brownian history and draws from it what he sees inevitable conclusions.
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About the Author
William Smithers had a 40-year career as actor/director in theater, film, television and radio.
He received a Theater World Award for his Broadway debut as Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Olivia deHavilland and an Obie Award for his performance as Treplev in Checkov's “The Sea Gull.”
He has appeared in six feature films, including “Attack!” and “Papillon,” and has appeared or guest-starred in nearly 400 television programs, including “Peyton Place,” “Executive Suite,” and as Jeremy Wendell in the original series “Dallas.”
He now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with wife Lorrie Hull Smithers, author of “Strasberg's Method: As Taught by Lorrie Hull.”
He produced and directed "The Santa Barbara Theatre of the Air," radio presentations of works of some of the world's most gifted playwrights (George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov and many others) available for enjoyment at www,sb-radiodrama.com.
In 2015 he was appointed by Santa Barbara's city council to its Arts Advisory Committee.
"The Wizard of Sacramento: Governor Jerry Brown" is his first published effort.