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Smith on Wry

December 27, 2007 |  6:13 am


Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

I love this picture of Times reporters Jack Smith and Marvin Miles, in coats and ties, of course, flying a kite. I don't know the story behind this picture, but I'm sure there is one.

Early next year, the Huntington Library will open "Smith on Wry: Jack Smith, Columnist for Our Times," drawn from his papers and other materials donated to the San Marino museum. Exhibits will will include "string books," letters, photos, awards and, yes, his columns. I was quite impressed by the large turnout for a 2005 panel discussion at the museum with Curt and Doug Smith, and columnist Al Martinez. Nearly 10 years after his death, Jack Smith still filled the room. Not many columnists can make a claim like that.

"Smith on Wry" will be on display Feb. 15 through May 12 in the Library's West Hall.