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Yes, Friday was the day, as we held a joint meeting with the Santa Monica Rotary Club. (Hope you didn’t find out by coming to the UCLA Faculty Center on Thursday.)
Chip Stuart (Trojan) and Lonnie White (Bruin) shared duties as our emcees for The pre-“Big Game” Brag Day, and it was one terrific meeting. (President Elect Ed can we do this again next year and perhaps have the Santa Monica Club visit us for a change?). Don Nelson reports that fifty-two (52) Westwood Village Rotarians attended this joint meeting, and none of us was disappointed.
Santa Monica Club President, Jack Gregory, opened the meeting with a loud bang on the club’s over-sized bell, announcing that this was the club’s 87th year! (For those who may not know, Santa Monica is the “mother club” for Westwood Village, sponsoring us in 1929.) “God Bless America,” led by Santa Monica Rotarian Pat Boford, preceded the salute to our flag, led by Santa Monica Rotarian Carol Jackson; our invocation was delivered by Santa Monica Rotarian Frank Levac.
More singing (hooray!) as the USC and UCLA fight songs got us all in the mood. And we took a number of strolls down “Big Game” memory lane from our presenters. (Next time, if you would like to share the memories, be sure to mark your calendars <g>.)
We heard from: Trojans (Emcee - Chip Stuart):
Bob Klein, Santa Monica Rotarian since 1992, Bob was a tight end on the Trojan team in the late 1960’s. He also played for the Los Angeles Rams and the San Diego Chargers between 1969 and 1979.
Dave Levy, coached for the Trojan football team under John McKay, the Trojans winning nine conference titles, going to eight Rose Bowls, and winning four national titles. When McKay left USC for the pros, Levy had a chance to go with him to Tampa Bay but decided to stay at USC as an assistant athletic director. He is now an assistant at Harvard-Westlake High.
John McKay, Jr., son of USC’s famous football coach and himself a Trojan football player, is the fellow who, in 1975, caught an end-of-game touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion to capture the Rose Bowl for the Trojans over a disappointed Ohio State. He played for his dad at Tampa Bay (for which he received much criticism). Also played part of the ill-fated 1975 World Football League season for the Southern California Sun.
Chris Hale, Trojan defensive back and later Buffalo Bills cornerback (drafted by the Bills in 1989; played in Super Bowl XXVI).
Bruins (Emcee Lonnie White): John Peterson, from the 1954 National Championship Bruin team, and member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame
Fred McNeil, Bruin from early 1970’s, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. (Fred was a guest at Westwood Village back on September 29, 2005, when our program was on the Special Olympics.)
Don Moomaw, All-American from the 1950-1952 Bruin teams and Pac 10 College Football Hall of Famer, who decided upon graduation from UCLA to attend Princeton seminary, later returning to Los Angeles to serve as pastor of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
Next Week (December 11): Jason Vanderpal on Leadership and Public Speaking. And don’t forget that evening we have our annual Christmas Shopping Spree with the Salvation Army Transitional Housing kids.