19 Books including:
Poetry & Fiction (LET PEAS BE WITH YOU, MURDER IN THE SKIN TRADE)
Biography (COSBY, JOHNNY CARSON)
Non-Fiction Humor (WHO'S WHO IN COMEDY, STARS OF STAND-UP,
GOLDMINE COMEDY RECORD GUIDE, COMEDY ON RECORD,
COMEDY STARS AT 78 rpm, COMIC SUPPORT, SEXUAL HUMOR,
COMEDY QUOTE DICTIONARY)
Non-Fiction (POE IN THE MEDIA, HORROR STARS ON RADIO)
Novelty (STOOGE FANS' IQ TEST, WHO'D SAY THAT?, BEDSIDE BOOK
OF CELEBRITY SEX QUIZZES)
Pop Culture (SWEETHEARTS OF 60'S TV, FIGHT FOR TONIGHT)
Editor of Three National Magazines:
ROCKET (Rock Music)
YARNCRAFT (like it says, co-editor with his significant other, Suzanne)
JOHN CLEESE points to what he said
was one of his favorite magazines.
(No he didn't) (Yes he did!) (No he didn't!)
Ron's wrote the scripts for the radio show "Comedy College," which was produced and syndicated by Garrison Keillor. Each episode featured Ron's insights into a famous stand-up star, along with audio clips. Ron's scripts were read by Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.
Ron 's had only one paid movie appearance: he worked two days on Howard Stern's "Private Parts" as an extra. No, the finished footage is Ron-less. Via accident, he can be glimpsed in "Too Far Is Not Far Enough," the Tomi Ungerer documentary. He's visible in the audience of an informal demonstration of cartoon techniques by Tomi.
Radio: Ron's midnight "Manic-Depressive Hour" over WSCR (Southampton) lasted through most of his four years in college. More than manic was his 24 hour "Comedy Marathon," taking over the station to play comedy records from 10am-10am one very long day. In connection with his books, he's been a guest on dozens of radio shows. His most memorable were hosted by Joey Adams and by Sally Jessy Raphael.
On television he's been interviewed by Bill O'Reilly among others, and featured on HBO, Showtime, Dateline NBC, and he's on the A&E Biography episodes for Bill Cosby and Julie Newmar.
Ron's written liner notes for several
CDs, including albums by
Henny Youngman and Flip Wilson
Ron's wide range of interests were demonstrated at VIDEO magazine, where he was both the sports and food/gourmet reviewer. Aside from reviews, he often interviewed celebrities. His favorite piece
was a cover story on Craig Claiborne, the N.Y. Times gourmet. Another favorite was his interview with Art Clokey, creator of GUMBY.
Smith's credits range from Teacher and Reader's Digest to Dogs, American Horseman, Videoscope and Writer's Digest.
He also wrote book reviews for the Chicago Tribune.
"It was occupational therapy," Ron recalls. He wrote and edited the Lennon tribute in about 48 hours.
Ron's worked freelance as well as with London Features and Lynn Goldsmith, and
his pix have appeared in People, TV Guide and others. He's photographed Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Gina Gershon, and of course many of America's greatest comedians.