LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: The Rangity Tango Kids with Author Lorraine Rominger
You’ll enjoy spending an evening with Lorraine Rominger, so don’t miss the event for her new book.
The Rangity Tango Kids is the story of a fifth-generation, German Catholic farm family in 1950s and 1960s California, narrated by the eldest of 17 grandchildren. Born into a loving, hard-working, highly competitive family, and united by a strong faith, every day was an adventure growing up on a bucolic American farm, a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. The land provided her, her siblings and cousins with a sense of place, an upbringing steeped in rituals and traditions that was in stark contrast with the values and preoccupations of the outside world. When the Rangity Tango Kids’ coming-of-age rebellion ran wild, they were often tangled up in the family’s strict morals and values. Regardless of the situation or conflict, the kids were surrounded by a swarm of loving relatives who put their arms around them and stuck together, no matter what.
Lorraine Rominger was born and raised on a fifth-generation family farm in rural California, where she worked every summer in the fields until leaving home to attend college. At Winters High School she lettered in four sports, ran AAU track, and at California State University, Sacramento, was a starter on the women’s basketball and field hockey teams as a freshman. She married her college sweetheart, who sadly passed away at a very young age. Lorraine lived in Sacramento, where she worked at a modeling agency as an instructor and runway model, before becoming director of John Casablanca Elite Modeling School in San Francisco.
After leaving Elite, Lorraine became an associate producer for Lombardo & Associates, a San Francisco based company that produced and syndicated statewide and nationally televised live specials, including the Miss California and Miss Texas pageants. Moving to the south of France with a girlfriend for a year, she was hired by Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli, an entertainment management company based in Los Angeles, who managed Prince and other artists, to work as a production coordinator on the film, “Under the Cherry Moon,” filmed on location on the French Rivera. When the film wrapped, Lorraine moved to Los Angeles and worked for CRF for five years before taking a position with Guber-Peters Entertainment at Sony Pictures. Interested in being closer to her family in northern California, Lorraine moved back to San Francisco and went to work for Sports Channel, where she produced a variety of specials, including “The San Francisco Forty Niner Highlight Show.”
From 1992 to 1996 Lorraine was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, serving under Mayor Frank Jordan. She was responsible for the marketing and promotion of San Francisco as a shooting location for movies, television and commercials. Lorraine was instrumental in securing the Don Johnson television series, “Nash Bridges” on CBS, which filmed on location in San Francisco for six years. She was responsible for the first re-use and conversion of the cargo aircraft hangers on Treasure Island Naval Base for film production studios.
Moving to New York, she accepted a position with The Shooting Gallery, to develop online production services for the film industry. Lorraine spent three years in the big Apple, also working as an independent contractor producing videos for Madison Square Garden Sports productions.
Currently Lorraine is the Deputy Director of the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental leaders fighting to protect the Earth’s natural resources. Lorraine was responsible for securing Robert Redford as the voice of the Goldman Prize. Mr. Redford has narrated the Prize winners’ video profiles for over ten years. For three of the past four years, “The New Environmentalists,” has been awarded the Northern California Emmy for best Public/Community Affairs Program Special.