Capitol Alert: Linda Ronstadt recalls Jerry Brown who lived with discipline, repurposed flowers

dsiders@sacbee.comSeptember 17, 2013 

Gov. Jerry Brown and rock singer Linda Ronstadt arrive in Monrovia, Liberia on April 8, 1979.

UPI/S.BLACK

Linda Ronstadt says in her new memoir, "Simple Dreams," that she and Gov. Jerry Brown "had a lot of fun for a number of years," but that they never thought they would spend their lives together.

Ronstadt, whose memoir was released today by Simon & Schuster, dated Brown when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983. He is mentioned a handful of times in the book, including in a dinner scene that will ring true for anyone familiar with his scheduling habits and frugality today.

Ronstadt writes she was preparing to leave for a dinner with Rosemary Clooney when Brown stopped by unexpectedly, "said he was hungry and wanted to go too." As they were about to leave, he noticed a box of roses someone had sent Ronstadt.

"Probably feeling a little sheepish about inviting himself to dinner, and being a person who is notoriously tight with a dollar, he picked them up and said, 'We can take these to Rosemary,'" she writes.

When she protested, "He shot me a mischievous grin. 'If I take the card out, they'll be hers.'"

Ronstadt says Brown was different from many men she knew in rock and roll.

"Jerry Brown and I had a lot of fun for a number of years," she writes. "He was smart and funny, not interested in drinking or drugs, and lived his life carefully, with a great deal of discipline."

She says, "Neither of us ever suffered under the delusion that we would like to share each other's lives. I would have found his life too restrictive, and he would have found mine entirely chaotic."

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown and rock singer Linda Ronstadt arrive in Monrovia, Liberia on April 8, 1979. UPI/S.Black

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service