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Ron Zaucha was a California street smart, tough-guy turned drug dealer. He befriended and dealt to many classic rock stars, actors and burnouts in the 1970s and '80s. He lived a fast paced life, filled with flashy cars, a pocket full of cash, and beautiful women at his side. Whatever Ron wanted, Ron got. However, there was a price to pay for it all. At times Zaucha had to Ron Zaucha was a California street smart, tough-guy turned drug dealer. He befriended and dealt to many classic rock stars, actors and burnouts in the 1970s and '80s. He lived a fast paced life, filled with flashy cars, a pocket full of cash, and beautiful women at his side. Whatever Ron wanted, Ron got. However, there was a price to pay for it all. At times Zaucha had to be a tough guy when it came to collecting money. At times he alternately befriended and shook down some of the biggest icons of the day. For years his best friends were Smith & Wesson, and they helped him get the job done. Until one day, everything came to a crashing halt and took him down into to a pit he barely made it out of. His stories will make you laugh, cry and amaze you how he survived. This is the story of one man's incredible rise, fall and redemption.


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Ron Zaucha was a California street smart, tough-guy turned drug dealer. He befriended and dealt to many classic rock stars, actors and burnouts in the 1970s and '80s. He lived a fast paced life, filled with flashy cars, a pocket full of cash, and beautiful women at his side. Whatever Ron wanted, Ron got. However, there was a price to pay for it all. At times Zaucha had to Ron Zaucha was a California street smart, tough-guy turned drug dealer. He befriended and dealt to many classic rock stars, actors and burnouts in the 1970s and '80s. He lived a fast paced life, filled with flashy cars, a pocket full of cash, and beautiful women at his side. Whatever Ron wanted, Ron got. However, there was a price to pay for it all. At times Zaucha had to be a tough guy when it came to collecting money. At times he alternately befriended and shook down some of the biggest icons of the day. For years his best friends were Smith & Wesson, and they helped him get the job done. Until one day, everything came to a crashing halt and took him down into to a pit he barely made it out of. His stories will make you laugh, cry and amaze you how he survived. This is the story of one man's incredible rise, fall and redemption.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    John DeSimone

    I'm never surprised by how one's early life marks a person. In Ron Zaucha's memoir, From Lockdown to Freedom, he tells a gripping story of how growing up in a home with an abusive father, scarred him, setting him spinning off into a life of crime. A career in crime, to a degree, was a family business. In Chicago, his Polish grandfather had been a member of the Polish Mafia. He was murdered when Ron's father was just a boy, and his father had to step into the family business to help raise his sib I'm never surprised by how one's early life marks a person. In Ron Zaucha's memoir, From Lockdown to Freedom, he tells a gripping story of how growing up in a home with an abusive father, scarred him, setting him spinning off into a life of crime. A career in crime, to a degree, was a family business. In Chicago, his Polish grandfather had been a member of the Polish Mafia. He was murdered when Ron's father was just a boy, and his father had to step into the family business to help raise his siblings. Ron's father was a "product of poverty and organized crime." It stands to reason that a tough upbringing by a father who himself had an even tougher early life, would create a perfect storm of opportunity for Ron to slide into a life of crime. We all bear the marks in some way of our early upbringing, our early influences, and we spend a lifetime either living up to those influences, or undoing them, and building a new life. Ron's story is the latter, of doing and undoing, and then struggling to build a new life. One of the powerful elements of writing a memoir is the opportunity to reflect on our lives, and to discover new pockets of meaning. Ron has done that admirably in his memoir. He doesn't shy away from chronicling any of his poor decisions, and what he did to rectify situations. His transparency in this book serves a higher purpose, one he may not even realize. Ron learned early on to speak with his fists. In college, he becomes seriously involved in selling drugs, and soon is in the fast lane--sleek cars, beautiful girls, nice crash pads, and all trappings of wealth. With his willingness to use his fists, he builds a growing business as well as earning a reputation not to be messed with. But his day of justice arrives, and he finds himself behind bars. It's in jail that he confronts his demons, and comes to faith in Jesus Christ. His prison experience so stamped his life for good, he dedicated the rest of his life to ministering to prisoners. There were bumps along the way, such as when he resorted to his old way of dealing with stressful situations. I won't give away much more, but in closing, I want to say that this is a story most all of us can identify with. Just because a person becomes a Christian, doesn't mean our life will be straight up from that moment. Rather, life is a series of growing pains, making mistakes, acknowledging them, and growing as a result. But never giving up. Ron never stopped learning and growing, and most important, never stopped serving. For that I commend him. The title of the book is apt, From Lockdown to Freedom. Ron is definitely on the freedom side of life. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carley clifton

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