10 Questions for Ron Jones, Executive Director, Town Council
Known as “The Voice of La Jolla,” Ron Jones is recognizable by his smooth baritone voice. Jones, who owns Allegro Entertainment, puts in regular DJ/MC appearances at local events such as the Sunday farmers market and the summertime Concerts by the Sea series.
His broadcasting career started with gigs for American Forces Radio in Turkey and Greece. In the early 1970s Jones gained notoriety as one of Southern California’s best-known deejays.
In 1985, he turned to the special events market and became a disc jockey for hire. He has emceed thousands of private and corporate events.
Jones is a member of the La Jolla Rotary Club and is editor of its award-winning weekly newsletter. He is board director with La Jolla Meals on Wheels, past president of the Torrey Pines Theater, a La Jolla Stage Company volunteer, an active member of Torrey Pines Christian Church and the new executive director of the La Jolla Town Council. Jones and wife Cathy have been married for 21 years.
Q: What brought you to La Jolla?Absolute serendipity. In 1976 I had just closed a year’s engagement at the 94th Aero Squadron in Irvine to return to San Diego to open at Jean Claude Marengo’s Rasputin’s disco in Point Loma. I was looking for a place to live and met singer-guitarist Joey Gallo who was looking for a roommate. I lived in a house at the corner of Ivanhoe and Torrey Pines Road for a few years and absolutely fell in love with the Village. I’d borrow his moped to explore the surrounding hills. There’s no place like here anywhere.
Q: What makes La Jolla special to you?The natural beauty of this particular coastal area of California is breathtaking: from Bird Rock to Wind ‘n Sea, to the seals at the sea wall to Black’s Beach bluffs. People spend fortunes to visit here and all we have to do is walk out our front door every day to savor the blessings of God’s creation.
Q: If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in La Jolla?I would fill all of the representative leadership positions that affect La Jolla with folks of dedication, who carefully listen to the collective directives of the majority of the citizens of our community and unselfishly act on their behalf.
Q: Who or what inspires you?I strongly value and wonder at people who perform good deeds without expecting a payoff - those are people you trust and cherish.
Q: If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite?It would look to be a family reunion. I’d want to invite Cathy’s parents who passed away in Berlin when she was a child, and her grandmother, a woman who she loved dearly. I’d love to meet them. I’d invite my father who died in 1979 - I never knew him as an adult, remember, I left home at 19. Cathy never got a chance to meet him. I regret that. I’d include my deceased grandparents, Clem and Kate Wagner, a couple of Minnesota Germans who would enjoy practicing their language skills with Cathy’s family. Of course I’d have to set two places over my limit for my brother, Dick, and my mom, Clara, who live in St. Paul. They’d be upset if they weren’t invited.
Q: Tell us about what you are currently reading.I always have several books going at the same time – I’m voracious. Right now I’m reading the “Kite Runner,” Lee Iacoca’s “Where Have all The Leaders Gone?,” and local author Jay Kopelman’s “From Baghdad With Love.”
Q: What is your most prized possession?I own one of the actual models used in the filming of one of my all-time favorite movies “Blade Runner.” It’s very cool.
Q: What do you do for fun?For the past 22 years, every day at about one hour before sunset, I can be found at a neighborhood pocket park walking my dogs.
There’s a special group of people who meet there each afternoon with their dogs, and through our canines we’ve become a community of good friends. It’s like a happy hour without the drinks.
Q: Please describe your greatest accomplishment.Please don’t misunderstand me, I have a wonderful career and have experienced things that, upon reflection, are amazing to me, however, I don’t spend a lot of time looking back. In my business you’re only as good as your last show, and the whole idea is to keep topping yourself.
So, every morning I begin again looking forward to another greatest accomplishment -- and usually finding one.
Q: What is your motto or philosophy of life?Rick Warren had a hit with his book, “The Purpose Driven Life.”
The title really sums it up in a few words: True happiness and purposeful satisfaction come from service. I have adopted the Rotary motto, Service Above Self, as my mantra, and the Rotary 4-Way Test as my road map.
I think if everyone applied the test to any of their business and personal decisions, the world would be a better place. Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Give it a try. It works for me.