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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Caspar Weinberger, 88 / Lyn Nofziger, 81

Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, has died at the age of 88, at a hospital near his home in Maine. Weinberger gained the nickname "Cap the Knife" for his penny pinching ways at the Pentagon. Weinberger served in the Nixon administration as well as a time as a member of the California State Legislature from Oakland.

Lyn Nofziger, press secretary to President Reagan, has also died. He was 81. He died at his home according to a friend. Nofziger worked for Reagan going back to the days when he first entered politics in California.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lyn Nofziger was a Copley reporter earlier in his career and did a good job covering CA issues.

March 28, 2006 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

thanks for the hot inside tip.

March 28, 2006 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lyn Nofziger was a bully whom only other bullies could love. If you attended Alexander Hamilton Sr. HS or Canoga Park Sr. HS in the post-war era, you would know that Lyn Nofziger, without good cause and in the style of facism, denounced two high school teachers as communists and subversives, for a time nearly ruining their careers. One of them, happily, continued her career in teaching, counted among her students at Hami many civic leaders, and lived almost to her 100th birthday. See this article from The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=6632

March 28, 2006 3:08 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Lyn may have been a bully but on the 1980 Reagan campaign he got his. He was always completely deferential to Meese and Casey, shockingly so compared to what others knew of him. In fact, he was not ever really a factor on that campaign; Sears didn't like him, then Casey took over and he was complete fluff.

His "Citizens for the Republic" was illegally connected to the early Reagan effort, a fact which he just laughed about. Any cash that used to be sent in, people who worked there told me at the time, was pocketed.

He also floated along on the Governor's good graces. Once at a protest rally in Santa Barbara, he started conducting the chanting choir, further irking them. Reagan himself had to go over and chill them out for his photo op. It was very exemplary of Lyn Nofziger. Reagan remained kind to him to a fault; but really, the only reason he survived that campaign, I think, was that Reagan liked to play a few Californians against the Eastern pros as foils.

March 28, 2006 6:44 PM  

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