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Legend and friend.


Thanks to Sun for writing this, I can't.

I got a text that it might be true from Redsled, I looked on Facebook for the first time in months, and it appears so.


I'm saddened far more than I expected. We were friends, Real World and virtual, but not often RW.

Ron was a walking party. In his drinking days, and just as much after. He enjoyed nothing more than being one of the guys. He had his faults like all of us, but with Ron, anywhere, you were going to have fun. I enjoyed teasing and tweaking him online, I hope not too much. I think he liked any attention.

He grew up in Brooklyn. He loved the 'hood, the boys and the culture. He was basically a Jewish honorary Italian. He ran 8mm stag films for his Dad to other states. He worked as a valet, stole the spare(full size in those days) tires and when he got a set of 4 he would sell them. His Dad had moved out to the San Fernando Valley as a pioneer in porn, probably to avoid payoffs to the guidos in the 'hood. His Dad invited him out to work for him when Ron had lost his driver's license in his late teens for too many tickets.

Ron become one of the big kahunas in producing porn. He ran the casting couch for more beautiful women than any of us could imagine. He and his Dad were the pioneers of direct to video. They had banks of duplicating machines for their company, Gourmet video.

He taught us that porn was one of the biggest drivers of technology, and he was right. 8mm film, video cassette and players, on line picture, videos and payment systems, porn drove them to the masses.

He had a Harley, and hung out with the bikers. He had an ocean speed boat and hung out with that crowd.

When they made Boogie Nights they rented his studio and warehouse. He was a big part of the industry. He lived every teen age boy's fantasies.

He discovered Vipers. He tracked a lot, and became good at it, but not quite as fast as he thought he was:). He loved hanging out with the fast Viper guys, Rossi, Dearing, Redsled and of course Pmum. If he could of, he would have sponsored any of these guys to the pro series. He just loved hanging out with any Viper guys. He was a loyal son to his father and had a big heart.

Piracy, the internet, a level of kink that even Ron wouldn't accept caused him to shut down that business.

After a few years of retirement, a friend of his died, and that man's widow asked Ron, their old partner, to run his mailer order Adult toys business. He did that for years with enthusiasm.

One of his great passions was his professionally trained German Shepherds. They were his children. His screen name, Socal Rebel was from Rebel, his dog. The NY Giants were his team. He loved hockey more than most Americans, and the Rangers were his team there. His bookie will be saddened.

He has been in and out of a wheelchair with back problems. I'm not sure of what got him yet. He had beaten the hell out of himself for decades with a truly legendary capacity for hard liquor. He was the same guy drunk, only louder. And he wasn't quiet once he stayed sober.

I'm very sorry to hear he's gone. He just turned 58. He would want us to be together, tell stories and laugh our asses off
 

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Great guy, will be greatly missed by all who knew him. RIP Ron.
 

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RIP. He was a regular when I joined...and it didn't take long to learn of his business empire; kinda made it almost comical to read his posts sometimes. Can't believe how suddenly he went from posting always to being gone. Prayers for his loved ones.
 

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We shared a connection over our dogs.


RIP Ron. I'm sure you are with Cutter again.
 

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RIP my friend. You will be missed by so many.
 

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Just saw this. Wow, didn't see that coming. Met Ron many times during his viper days, and even after he sold his car. Like was said, he loved hanging out in the pits with the viper guys, especially Paul Mumford.

I know he stopped posting here until just a little while ago, but didn't realize things were that bad.

I'm 58 also, it hits close to home, going to go out and get another viper, life is too short.

RIP Ron
 

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RIP Ron

Wow, I haven't been on the Viper Alley in I don't know how long. I just checked and it says June 2014. And then I read this. Wow. RIP Ron. I enjoyed so many of his posts. I went to one of the Vegas porn conventions at his suggestion about 13 years ago. We were supposed to meet up, go to some industry parties or whatever. But he got sick and left Vegas before I could even meet up with him.
 

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The only man I ever lent my ACR to, no questions asked. Thanks for the memories, brother. I will always cherish the time we had on and off the track.
 

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Ron's sister posted on his FB page that they had a memorial celebration at Margaritaville Hollywood Florida.

Godspeed SoCal Rebell.

I miss you, you fucking Yankee.
 

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Ron used to coach at Viper Days when it came to Willow Springs. Every coach ever used their linked microphones and ear pieces. Not Ron. He was loud enough without it.

GAS GAS GAS.
BRAKE BRAKE BRAKE.

He was loud enough I wouldn't be surprised if the cars in front and behind started following his instructions. In person it was like some people writing with the caps lock button stock on. It was just the culture of the area that he grew up.

The first time I saw him was at the tower at Willow when a Viper race was going on. He was louder than everyone else put together. He was yelling for PMumm, and I wouldn't doubt that he could hear Ron all the way around the track.




The Ducks were in the Stanley Cup final and we split a pair of tickets center ice, higher up. Ron was loud but these two 70 year old women next to us were louder and more blood thirsty. Ron had two new friends. He had almost as much fun talking to them as seeing the Ducks win the Cup.


I had just got one of the first Gen 4s sold, and probably the first to hit the track. and certainly the first one to put over 5,000 miles on tracks. I was heading up to Willow the day before an event, and I stopped off to visit Ron and meet Rocman. I hand the car to Ron and tell him to have his way with it. We were in an industrial park, about where Paul Walker crashed. Ron takes off in a haze of tire smoke, with Mark in the passenger seat. About 45 minutes later, they return, with Ron sheepishly telling me they were pulled over, but Ron showed the cop the car and talked his way out of the ticket. He gave me a tour of the Adult toy warehouse that day. Bigger than I'd expected, and I never knew how large a range there could be.

It was never boring.

Moved from the other thread. He earned his stories.
 

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If you want to know or remember Ron, you also have to read the Paul Mumford thread.



It's funny, but every month or two I'll be talking to someone, and I'll say "I knew this guy". It may be about tech, or porn, or cars, or sports. He was a personality and a group of experiences that sticks to you like few others.

For those of you that only knew him online, he was your friend too. He knew you, he bantered with you and he considered us all friends. Viper Alley was his third place. You know, home, work and the third place. It might be a bar or a gym, but for him, it was here.

I had no idea that he would stick to me like this.
 

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I was very saddened to hear about this. We had numerous conversations. Ron was a great friend, I know you are in a better place Buddy.

You and Cutter. God speed Buddy....you are missed.
 

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That motherfucker.

I was going through a pile of DVDs in the garage and came across these Ron sent me years ago. I still have the envelope marked Personal and Confidential.
 

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I'm completely bummed out to hear about this. I've now lost two people that I consider to be friends (That is a Tough title to earn in this place) from the alley. Sucks.

Right now I'm wishing that I had taken him up on an offer. I went to my sisters wedding in CA. Had an extra day and asked what he was up to. He invited me to come have sex with a couple of girls and make a movie. lol I asked my wife for permission and was denied. I should have gone anyway.

Ron gave me a Lot of good advice on my German Shepherd dogs. Advice that went to good use for dogs that had a duty to perform.

I've bragged about having a buddy in the porn industry for years. I'm going to miss you buddy. God Speed Ron. Hope you are having as much fun up there as you did down here.

Matt aka Red5
 
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