September 2016 Speaker
On September 13, 2016, at the monthly meeting of the Las Hermanas Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, guest speaker Byron Walls, both educated and entertained the group on the subject entitled “Crime Prevention," giving the essentials through humor on “how to survive crime.”
Byron is well qualified to speak on this subject. He has been speaking on the subject of crime safety since 1980 when he worked for the Citizens Against Crime in Nashville, TN. In 1994, Citizens Against Crime chose Byron as their National Speaker of the Year. Then, after moving to Los Angeles, Byron started California Crimefight.
Although Byron holds a master’s degree in Communications, there is no doubt that his experience on stage and television as an actor, comedian, and folksinger gives him the unique ability to keep his audience laughing while imparting important information.
Byron began his career in entertainment at the youthful age of twenty as a folksinger when he was the opening act for Phyllis Diller at the Purple Onion in San Francisco and Mort Sahl at the Hungry I. In the late sixties, he sang with the New Christy Minstrels and, in the mid-seventies, with Glen Yarbrough and the Limeliters.
Byron developed his comedic skills as part of Byron and Howard when he appeared at the Purple Onion for four years in the sixties and with Rosemary Clooney at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
The acting career of Byron was established when he portrayed the Arizona Police Sgt. in the movie Starman with Jeff Bridges, then as Connie in the ABC Movie of the Week, Country Gold, starring Linda Hamilton and Loni Anderson.
Laughter tends to imprint experiences in the brain more readily than speech alone, so there is a strong possibility Byron’s recommendations on surviving a crime will be remembered by the members should they be confronted by such an experience.
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