Gordon Smith

Smith wrote longer features for the Reader in the late 1970s and the 1980s, including the following:

July 31, 1980 Flight Log (Author discusses Hiroshima and Nagasaki with his father, a WWII bomber pilot)

Feb. 12, 1981 Appearing Soon: 40,000 People (North City West)

Feb. 27, 1986 The Oak Lady (Frances Ryan planted 1000 Engelmanns in North County)

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