Bill Dannemeyer….the one and only!




*Having graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1959……we had a Senior Day when we could go to the City of Fullerton and intern for the day with one of the luminaries.  I had chosen the position of Mayor, but had to have a backup position, which I chose as City Attorney.  David Boies got to Intern at the Mayor position.  I got to Intern with the current City Attorney.  His name was William Dannemeyer.  When you look under eclectic and jocular you may still find his photo in the Orange County history books!  The day for a 17 year old with the one and only Bill Dannemeyer was truly something.  I was interrogated in great detail, about why I thought I would like to be an attorney.  I had no answer, just more questions…  “I don’t know – what do you do?” I said.  Dannemeyer gave me one his famous looks……like: “Sure you don’t want to be someplace else?”  Finally, I put my interrogation skills to work and the rest of the day was as fun as you can imagine.  Little did I know then that the great Bill Dannemeyer was going to absolutely rule Orange County for quite some time to come.

Years later, we were honored to have Bill Dannemeyer become one of the founding members of The Cutting Edge – a talk show.  Bill took us down to San Diego to meet Indiana Congressman Dan Burton, who did our voice over along with B-1 Bob Dornan for our Promo.  We loved Bill and his wonderful 2nd wife Lorraine Day!  Bill had an ongoing battle with the Health Care System since the passing of his first wife in 1999.  He knew the whole process was dirty and he wanted to change it, but after 1992 when Hillary and Bill tried to change it and failed…the process looked pretty bad.  Bill and Lorraine have spent every waking moment involved in Naturopathic Health Care and whatever you might say:  Bill has had a great run at life.  We will miss him with all our hearts!  He was a real person, who was still helping us actively, up to three years ago!  Thank you Lorraine for all your dedication and understanding of our dearest friend.  We will always be indebted and honored that Bill Dannemeyer, the great Lutheran force of nature…..was our friend!

Ron & Anna Winship

To be sure…..Bill Dannemeyer was both very unique and also a pillar of ethical stature!

He followed in the shadow of Congressman James B. Utt.


July 10, 2019
CONTACT: Randall Avila
PHONE: (714) 453-0900


Statement on the Passing of former Representative William Dannemeyer

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Hon. Fred M. Whitaker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, released the following statement on the passing of former Representative William Dannemeyer:

“We are saddened to announce the passing of former Orange County Congressman William E. Dannemeyer. Congressman Dannemeyer passed peacefully at his home early on July 9 at the age of 89. Bill Dannemeyer represented Orange County in the United States Congress and in his seven terms in office he served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget.

Notably in Congress on the Judiciary Committee with Democratic Majorities he was the leader in successfully impeaching 3 corrupt judges. He was a founding member of the CLUBB (Congressional Leaders United for a Balanced Budget), COS (Conservative Opportunity Society), and the RSC (Republican Study Committee). He will not only be remembered for his time in Congress but also as a veteran who served our country in the Korean War.

He helped to shape modern conservatism, receiving one of the highest conservative ratings among Republicans in the House. Prior to his first election to Congress in 1978, Democrats held many partisan seats across Orange County. His leadership in grassroots organizing earned Republicans every partisan seat in the county by the time he retired at the end of 1992. His work became a benchmark for future local Republicans in incoming election cycles.

Representative Dannemeyer was succeeded in Congress by Ed Royce who served from 1993-2019. Congressman Royce shared his thoughts on his predecessor’s passing, “Bill Dannemeyer was a man who truly loved his country. He saw patriotism as a virtue and worked long and hard to represent the people of Orange County. My heart goes out to his family.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dannemeyer family at this time.”


About Ron & Anna Winship

Independent News Producers/Writers and Directors for Parker-Longbow Productions. Independent Programming which includes a broad variety of Political, Entertainment and Professional Personalities. Cutting Edge - a talk the flagship of over 30 URL websites developed or under development. The Winships have been blogging for the Orange Juice since back when nickels had buffalos on them, and men wore onions attached to their belts, because it was the fashion back then.