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Angelinos mourns Moshe Alon

Angelinos mourns Moshe Alon

Family, friends and a number of dignitaries flew over the past week from Los Angeles to Israel to pay tribute to the legendary Los Angeles-based security expert Moshe Alon, who died on September 9 in Haifa. He died suddenly of cardiac arrest at the age of 66 years.

Alon was given responsibility for the safety of the Israeli team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, a key announcement for a country still traumatized by the murder of 13 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

While Alon was known for his many years of personal security for movie star Elizabeth Taylor, his record of service first began as an Army officer in the Israeli Army. He later served in the Israeli secret service and then as the chief security officer of Tel Aviv municipality. Alon was given responsibility for the safety of the Israeli team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, a key announcement for a country still traumatized by the murder of 13 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The year before, Alon founded and served as president of Professional Security Consultants (PSC) in Los Angeles, which would become one of the largest privately owned security agencies in the country. PSC is known for providing security to celebrities and some Fortune 500 companies, including Arm and Hammer, as well as El Al Airlines.

Alon usually remained in the background but could not avoid media attention as he commanded a large private security detail, many of them Israelis tasked with keeping portrayed, annoying journalists and hovering helicopters from celebrity events and from sneaking into Michael Jackson’s 2,700-acre Neverland ranch.

As mentioned, Alon provided personal security for Elizabeth Taylor for years, both here in the United States and when she traveled around the world to perform at international events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

Journal contacted longtime friends to learn more about Alon. Many were too shaken by his sudden passing to face an interview. However, a friend offered: “What one has to understand about Moshe is that he was the original Zohan. He was bigger than life and he leaves a huge hole in our hearts. ”

Another close relative is Uri Gal. In an interview, Gal drew a picture of Alon as a life-affirming, open-hearted personality and lively, ready to help anyone in need.

“If I was in trouble, Moshe would be the first person I would approach,” Gal said. “He liked meeting new people and wanted to talk to everyone he came across or met on a plane.”

No one confused Alon with a shrinking violet.

No one confused Alon with a shrinking violet. “Moshe was always the highlight of any party and made sure everyone was having a good time … and he loved going out on his motorcycle to get more refreshments,” Gal recalled.

Later in life, Alon graduated in a motorhome and took his family on long trips. He loved Israeli music and the pop tunes of the 70s and 80s, especially the Beatles.

While enjoying life and people, Alon worked hard and built a successful business. Today, PSC has employees throughout the United States and has for some time operated a branch office in the United Kingdom.

“Moshe could not stand still for a minute,” Gal observed. “He was always in the middle of a series of projects. He also wanted to talk to everyone, even strangers on the phone. ”

Moshe Alon was married twice. He survives his wife, Nadia Pinksi, his three children Liat, Robert and Ariele and their mother, Moses’ first wife, Ilene Alon.

Funeral services were held in Israel on September 14th.

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