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Ron Patterson dies at 80; co-founder of Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Ron Patterson dies at 80; co-founder of Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Ron Patterson, who with his then-wife Phyllis founded the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 1963, which showcased traditions of 16th century Elizabethan England, has died. He was 80. Patterson died Jan. 15 in Sausalito, Calif., where he was receiving hospice care at the home of a friend, said his son Kevin. He had been in declining health for several years. For the first festival, which was held in North Hollywood, the couple enlisted fellow improvisational actors, craftsmen and others who dressed in their best approximation of Elizabethan-era costumes and intermingled with visitors. That fair, a fundraiser for radio station KPFK that managed to attract 3,000 people, grew out of a...

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