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Entertainment Industry Politicians in Washington

  Victor Aloysius Meyers (c.1898-1991) — also known as Victor A. Meyers; Vic Meyers; "The Clown Prince of Politics"; "The Pagliacci of Politics" — of Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Little Falls, Morrison County, Minn., about 1898. Musician and bandleader; comedian; candidate for mayor of Seattle, Wash., 1932, 1938, 1946; Lieutenant Governor of Washington, 1933-52; secretary of state of Washington, 1957-64. Died May 27, 1991 (age about 93 years). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Renton, Wash.
  Robert Hector O'Brien (1904-1997) — also known as Robert H. O'Brien — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont., September 15, 1904. Mining engineer; lawyer; member, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1942-44; special assistant to Barney Balaban, president of Paramount Pictures, and director, Paramount International Films; when the companies split in 1949, he became secretary-treasurer of the movie theater chain, United Paramount Theaters; following a merger with American Broadcasting Company, he became financial vice-president of the ABC television network; in 1957, he joined the Loew's movie theater chain as vice-president and treasurer; president of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio, 1963-69. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Sigma Chi; Phi Delta Phi; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Died, of a stroke, in Seattle, King County, Wash., October 6, 1997 (age 93 years, 21 days). Interment somewhere in Butte, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Grant O'Brien and Margaret (Flanagan) O'Brien; married, August 27, 1927, to Ellen Ford.
  Patrick Layton Paulsen (1927-1997) — also known as Pat Paulsen — Born in South Bend, Pacific County, Wash., July 6, 1927. Actor; comedian; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1992; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1996. Norwegian ancestry. Ill with colon and brain cancer, he died of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure, in Tijuana, Baja California, April 24, 1997 (age 69 years, 292 days). Burial location unknown.
  Campaign slogan: "Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny."
  Campaign slogan: "If elected, I will win."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Pat Paulsen: How to wage a successful campaign for the Presidency (1972)
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