Jeff Smith

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Gender Male
Location California
Introduction I was born 1958 in Anaheim, California. I am divorced with two children, Ashley (19) and Jefferson (14). I grew up in a family mesmerized with Soapy Smith. Our house had an outback private old west saloon complete with full size antique gambling tables, slot machines and equipment. It was fun for me as a kid in that saloon. There I learned about history, gambling, and cheating. From history I learned to tell the truth. From gambling I learned about math, namely the poor odds. And from cheating at cards I learned not to play another man's game. In 1985 I began my own lifelong quest, searching for the truth. I decided to write the true and complete biography of my great-grandfather’s life and death (Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel) I researched both the good and bad deeds with equal determination. I finished the book in 2009 but the research continues and will probably do so until my ending days. People have asked me, "how can you idolize a bad man?" My answer is that I don’t “idolize” Soapy, I “celebrate” him. He left his mark on this world, and from his deeds we learn not to be one.