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22 PEOPLE PLEASERS It takes people to put on a great parade. Meet some of the best
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Mushroom blooms, author appearances and the best of the art scene
63 SHADES OF GRAY
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76 ROSE BOWL Oregon vs. Ohio State: Breaking down ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’
97 THE DOO DAH DAY There’s only one rule: There are no rules, when it comes to Doo dah
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Heroes in our lives PIA ABELGAS ORENSE
FOR FOUR HOURS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, THE WORLD SEES A PARADE OF BEAUTIFUL FLOATS AND A MORNING GLOWING with Southern California’s gorgeous sunshine. To us who live and work in Pasadena and the San Gariel Valley, we see beyond the parade and pageantry. We know the Tournament of Roses is about communities and the hundreds of volunteers who put in countless hours of hard work. To us, this parade celebrates people. Not celebrities. Just ordinary folks who give so much to their communities without need for fame or reward. Any one of has the potential to be a hero. Sometimes it takes one unexpected moment, one millisecond in a day that drastically changes the course of people’s lives. This year’s grand marshal, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, had one of those grand transformations. By the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009, he was no longer a quiet, unassuming pilot from Northern California. He had become a hero to the world. Sometimes a heroic act changes the course of history. The Tuskegee Airmen being honored by the West Covina Rose Float Foundation defended not just freedom and democracy during World War II. They fought for the freedom and civil rights of every person in America. And then there are those selfless moments that affect one person in such a profound way that it
causes a “pay it forward” motion. Ask anybody whose life has been affected by organ donation, particularly those participating in Donate Life’s float, and they will tell you that good things do come out of tragedy. For the Tournament of Roses, the heroes are the people who work behind the scenes. You’ll meet some of them in this issue — from a volunteer who puts petals on floats to the committee chairman who ensures the parade goes according to schedule. One volunteer describes the process as “madness” — she says it fondly, of course. And we, the staff of the Rose Magazine, can attest to that madness. We wanted to re-create the float-building process by translating a digitally designed page into a threedimensional organic “float,” which you can see on Page 12. It took days of planning, two visits to the flower district in downtown Los Angeles, 15 solid hours of cutting and gluing flowers, several iPod playlists, and moments of intense labor tempered by bouts of giddiness brought on by exhaustion. By the 15th hour of our decorating marathon, I had fully embraced this year’s parade theme. As I looked at the co-workers I had been stuck in a small room with the whole day, our fingers dry, chapped and stained red and purple, I was overcome with gratitude that I work with wonderful folks. Truly, people make our lives “a cut above the rest.” r
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Newspaperman eases into new role as TofR chief R. Scott McKibben, incoming CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, is executive vice president and chief revenue officer of the Los Angeles Times and a longtime newspaper publisher and executive who has worked for papers all over the country. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, he wanted to coach hockey in the collegiate ranks but followed his father into newspapers instead. McKibben, 55, is already spending part of his work week in Pasadena and takes on his new post at the TofR in January. Q. As a newspaperman taking over a grand parade and game, what are the differences between journalism and pageantry plus football? A. I’m currently in a position where you control news and content and have direct involvement with advertising sales clients — and work for a private employer. Working for the Tournament of Roses as a volunteer
organization, we have far fewer sponsors, and it takes much more relationshipbuilding. Q. And the similarities? A. I think there are a lot more of these. There is a great deal of involvement with the community, particularly with the Rose Bowl. It’s very similar to the publishing of a newspaper — managing people as they weave their way in and out of the fabric of the community. The Tournament has a lot of similarities to a community newspaper. Q. How has the down economy affected the Tournament? A. In talking to folks when I was hired, I think it’s very clear that marketing and sponsorship budgets have been affected by the economy. We’re going to have to work more closely with our sponsors and look past the traditional forms of sponsorship for a different kind of client who might want to get involved with the parade and
The question is whether we have made as strong an outreach as we can to the community, and making sure that the community understands we’re all about local.
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the game. New kinds of businesses, new kinds of environment. More service-related companies. More technology companies. Q. A Google float? A Craigslist float? A. Those are all on our list. Q. There’s been criticism of the so-called Disneyification of the parade, that it’s losing its hometown feel. Is there too much glitz in the Tournament? A. I’m not sure there’s too much glitz. The question is whether we have made as strong an outreach as we can to the community, and making sure that the community understands we’re all about local. The challenge you always face in these kinds of situations is that in order to grow, you always have to get bigger. And the perception is that you then leave some of the local feel behind. Part of my job is to make sure the people in the Pasadena area know that, while we need to grow, not for one moment have we forgotten the value of the local patrons. Q. The opening show on South Orange Grove is made only for TV — the rest of the live crowd doesn’t get to see it.
A. Television is important to our sponsors. But how do we create some additional value beyond just that one spot? That’s a challenge we face. Q. How does a CEO function differently overseeing an organization almost entirely staffed by volunteers? A.I’m not sure there are a lot of differences in the way you make decisions. What’s different is the way in which you reach out and communicate and come to a consensus by gathering opinions. Now I might get input from five or six advisers, make a call and go. In an organization built on tradition, you have to reach out and cast a wider net. You have to be a respectful good listener. There are a lot of people with long histories with this organization. Q. Has the Rose Bowl Game suffered with the occasional disappearance of the traditional Pac-10/Big Ten rivalry? A. In terms of college football in its entirety, I think it has not, because of the excitement of having the BCS national championship game. If you just want to isolate the history of the Rose Bowl, it probably has diluted it. But we still get two great teams here every
year, and I think the excitement between the Big Ten and the Pac-10 is every bit as fervent when one team doesn’t play here because they’re playing in the national championship. And this time, we’re double-hosting, and it’s the best of two worlds, the BCS championship and the Rose Bowl as well. Q. Which side are you on — continue the BCS or have a championship playoff? A. I’m opposed to the playoff system. I think that the bowl system is one of the great traditions and, more importantly, one of the great rewards for collegiate athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, fans and alumni. Collegiate athletics is all about association — and I think the plan we have now gets us to a national champion in a very fair way. Q. What’s looking to be your favorite part of this job? A. To lead an organization with this much history and tradition, and to lead it in an atmosphere of collegiate sports. R Larry Wilson is public editor of the Pasadena Star-News and the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group.
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Bonnie Colcher may threaten to quit every January, but by the spring she can’t seem to avoid getting wrapped up again in float madness. What keeps the volunteer coordinator for the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association coming back? “We form a family,” she says. “Dysfunctional, maybe, but a family — and we work from that basis.” The tiny foothill community’s float is one of only six that are self-built, without the help of a commercial builder. The Sierra Madre float is financed completely through donations and fundraisers. Of the self-built floats — Burbank, Cal Poly universities, Downey, La Cañada Flintridge and South Pasadena are the others — Sierra Madre also weighs in as a lightweight in the population category. It has fewer than 12,000 residents. Raising $35,000 to build this year’s float was, at times “like wringing water from a stone,” Colcher says. And that budget is far less than what professional builders have to work with, she notes. come rain or shine A small group of volunteers works year-round in the city’s permanent float barn, and the number swells to about 300 during decoration week, the crunch time between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Colcher fields tons of calls and inquiries from out-of-towners, all hoping to put their personal stamp on a float that will ride in the Rose Parade. “Often, coming to the parade is a dream of theirs,” she says. “And then they find out they can also be involved in float-building. That makes the experience for them.” Among her float-minded colleagues, Colcher has been known to go to incredible lengths to score free flowers and other organic materials to decorate the float. The group has harvested Bird of Paradise from the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, and appealed to the public for poinsettias to fashion the tongue of a bookworm on the 2006 parade entry. When the association was running low on fresh melaleuca — a tree with flaky bark, sometimes called paperbark — Colcher got permission from the city to collect it from Sierra Madre’s own trees. “It was very back to nature — including spiders.” The never-ending process can be exasperating. “Sometimes we want to kill each other,” Colcher laughs. But it’s always a labor of love. “Self-built (floats) are the heart of how the parade was envisioned,” she says. “We are absolutely the smallest, with the least chance of support because of the size of the community, but many years we do a bang-up job.” R 22 | ROSEPARADE2010
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The Sneak Previewer Want a private viewing of the entire Rose Parade? It’s a luxury no amount of money can buy, but Laura Farber gets pretty darn close. As chair of the TofR Judging Committee, the South Pasadena resident and her team visit every float barn and decorating warehouse twice in the two days before the parade. They bring with them three VIPs: The official judges — each with a background in horticulture, design or entertainment — who will bestow winners’ trophies on the most impressive floats. The accolades are emblazoned across banners to be carried down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day ahead of each award-winning float. During both judging sessions, the appraisers look at a variety of criteria, including design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, animation, thematic interpretation, color presentation and dramatic impact. Scores from both days are combined to determine the trophy recipients in 24 categories. “On (Dec. 30), the float is not finished,” Farber says. “Every ‘I’ is not dotted and every ‘T’ is not crossed. ... The next day, all of a sudden the (floats) have transformed into these works of art. Each builder wants to present the float the way it’s going to look when it goes down the parade route.” The full-blown presentation often includes music, dancers, out-walkers, satellite floats, moving components and the “big daddies” — pyrotechnics. “There is definitely a subjective component,” Farber says. “You’re looking at something that’s just gorgeous.” R
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The Rose Parade steps off without fail at 8 a.m. Jan. 1, but the parade before The Parade takes place the previous day, and into the wee hours of the morning. That’s when the fully constructed, fully decorated floats make their way, inch by inch, through the streets of the San Gabriel Valley and into the Pasadena staging area — and all in proper order. “Everything has to be orchestrated so they don’t come in on top of each other and create a float jam,” says Lance Tibbet, Parade Operations chairman for the Tournament of Roses. And it’s not just the floats which Tibbet and his 123member committee oversee. It’s also the marching bands, the equestrian units, the celebrities, the dignitaries, the reserve tow trucks, the White Suiters’ Honda scooters, the out-walkers and dancers — every single element that makes up the Rose Parade. “I say this sort of tongue-in-cheek, but in a way the keys of the city are turned over to me and I take over,” Tibbet, a Pasadena resident, says. “On Jan. 1, parade operations becomes the committee in charge.” This year’s parade presents its own challenges. “These days the parade is more complicated than it was even a few years ago,” he says. An extravagant opening performance will still mark the parade kickoff, but the show will also become a traveling one, entertaining parade-goers all along the route. There will be an additional finale production, Tibbet says, and two flyovers at the beginning and end of the parade. “You don’t get to rehearse this,” he says. “Everything has to be timed out perfectly.” The demands are made more pressing by a live television broadcast. “I’m very concerned about making sure that the kid from a band in Massachusetts at the end of the parade gets his time on TV,” Tibbet says. “I don’t want anyone to miss out, and I don’t want a float sponsor to lose out, either. If there are delays, you don’t try to speed things up. You give everybody their due.” R PHOTO BY SARAH REINGEWIRTZ
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The Power Couple Steve and Sindee Riboli met in October 1994, the last time the Oregon Ducks were headed to the Rose Bowl. Both of them were single parents charged with running the family business. Sindee’s father had been building grandstands on the parade route since the 1960s, even before he bought Sharp Seating, the official ticketing company for the Tournament of Roses. Steve’s great-uncle founded San Antonio Winery, the last winery standing in Los Angeles. She was the president of Sharp Seating. He was developing a plot of land on the Rose Parade route, where Kenneth Cole and The Melting Pot stand today. It was just a vacant space in development limbo, and the Boy Scouts didn’t want it for a pumpkin or Christmas tree lot. “I called the Tournament of Roses, and they gave me Sindee’s phone number,” he says. “He was bugging me to build a grandstand,” she says. “She didn’t call me back right away,” he says. The two finally met to decide on the fate of that corner on Delacey Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. “It was love at first sight,” Steve says of their meeting. “The day I met him, I knew I was going to marry him,” Sindee says. Although Sindee’s family business is intricately tied to the Rose Parade, her family also had a long tradition of doing unpaid work. Her dad had started volunteering in the 1960s, and she can remember picking up trash under the bleachers. In the year she and Steve met, she had just begun officially volunteering and she encouraged him to sign up, too. “So he wasn’t alone on New Year’s,” she explains. “She suckered me into it,” he says. He’s been volunteering ever since, and for the past eight years his family’s wine has been poured at numerous Tournament of Roses events. The two were married in 1995 and have raised five children. Steve says their marriage has worked precisely because the two are such heavy-hitters. “We’re both old-time family business, and that’s the secret to our success and our relationship,” Steve says. “We understand the commitment of working on Saturdays and Sundays — that’s common, it’s all the time.” This year, for the first time, the couple is on the same committee, and they might have a chance at spending New Year’s together. They’re one of 10 couples on the Queen and Court Committee, who escort the court to somewhere around 160 events in 2-and-a-half months. “I’m never bored,” he points out, although he says that, every now and again, he’d enjoy a little boredom. But at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, he can breathe a sigh of relief. “The best time is when the parade starts every year,” Steve says. “By that time, our work is 99 percent completed.” R 26 | ROSEPARADE2010
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It was during World War II when Charles Strutt made a promise to his young daughter: “You and I are going to ride in the parade together in a couple years.” “When your father says something to you, well, you just believe it,” says Jan Strutt Hart, now 74. Back then, though, in the midst of war, the thought of a parade — a really grand celebration — seemed out of reach. Even when the war ended in August 1945, Charles, as Tournament of Roses president, had limited time to throw together the felicitous affair for New Year’s Day, the start of 1946. “He put together a marvelous parade to celebrate the end (of war) in a very few months,” Hart says. The great U.S. Navy commander Adm. William Halsey Jr. was selected as grand marshal, and all the past Tournament presidents who’d been deprived of their own parade during the war years had special cars, so they too could travel down Colorado Boulevard and be recognized. And even though children didn’t traditionally ride in the president’s parade motorcade, father Charles kept his word. “I was sitting in the grandstand with my grandparents, and they went driving by,” Hart recalls. “They stopped and Dad called out, ‘Janie do you want to ride in the parade?’ I don’t remember what I replied, but I found myself being picked up and passed over everybody’s heads and dropped into the car” to travel the remainder of the route. As a teen, Hart tried her hand at the “cold and messy” endeavor of float decorating. “We actually made money,” she says. “We weren’t volunteers. The later (the shift) you worked, the more you were paid.” Working on the Minute Maid orange juice float, Hart and her fellow decorators felt a bit warmer than usual. “Someone added a little something to the orange juice, and everyone got a little cheerful,” she laughs. Another year, Hart worked to salvage the Mexico City float after it suffered some 11th-hour damage when a tippling driver clipped its front end. “They were bringing in bakery boxes of gardenias ... trying to remedy the situation,” she says. PHOTO BY “I guess the parade was just part of our lives — a very important part.” R WATCHARA
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The Student Ambassador It’s 6 a.m., 58 degrees outside, and Andy Chen’s teeth are chattering. That’s when he spots a group of paradegoers — in shorts. They’re from Canada, it turns out, and laugh at Chen’s suggestion that they might be cold. 28 | ROSEPARADE2010
“People come from literally all over the world,” Chen says he now realizes. And he got to talk to all of them — or, at least, a lot of them. “The most memorable thing is meeting the variety of people,” Chen says of his role last year as student ambassador for
The Tournament of Roses. “Everyone has a story to tell.” Among his many assignments were greeting and guiding folks along the parade route, and then answering questions in the post-parade float viewing area. The 18-year-old from Rosemead found the experience — a volunteer gig other teens might call “dreaded free work,” he suggests — revelatory. And he’s signed on
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to again participate in this year’s parade, this time as an alumnus of the Student Ambassador program. More than 45 students from area schools become ambassadors each year, says program Chairman Earl Bradley, and many of them return as volunteers in some capacity for subsequent parades or as mentors for the next wave of studentleaders.
If Alex Aghajanian is the conductor, his symphony is coordinating the social affairs of seven young women during what may very well be the busiest year of their lives. Before the Queen and Princesses are even selected, Aghajanian and the 10 members of the Queen and Court Committee know every event, every photo shoot, every step the women will take during their royal reign. “There’s a hierarchy of things that we make sure happen in order to protect the girls,” the Altadena resident says. “We’re intent on making sure it’s always a fun experience ... but safety is paramount to us.” Queen Natalie and the Royal Court will make more than 160 official appearances; For each, the committee scheduler assigns an event captain to take the reins. “Hustle sheets” outline the careful dance that must take place to assure every requirement is fulfilled. Aghajanian’s committee is unique, he says, because spouses play an integral role in its operations. (If an unmarried person is on the Queen and Court Committee, another Tournament member is assigned to assist him or her.) “You will never see a Court member by themselves,” Aghajanian says. “(Female) spouses are integral to what we do ... especially if the girls are going to some place where male members can’t go.” While driving the white Tournament escort vehicles that shuttle Court members to and from appearances, committee members follow specific traffic-navigation protocols. Some left-hand turns are forbidden, including turning across traffic onto Orange Grove Boulevard from Lockehaven Street by the Tournament House. Likewise, if a member of the Court is dropped off at her personal car, a chaperon vehicle will follow her until she arrives safely home. By virtue of the time spent together, committee members often feel as though they’ve gained seven new family members in the Queen and Princesses, Aghajanian says. It’s a role he cherishes so much that Aghajanian won’t call it a job. Nor will he describe as “difficult” the process of narrowing down a field of more than 1,100 young women to the chosen seven. “I like to call it my volunteer work,” he says. “This is something I love to do.” R
The youths even get a quick-study course in Tournament-style poise and etiquette, newfound skills they will put to use as they interact with thousands of sightseers during parade week. “These students are often the first person related to the Tournament that somebody from out of town will encounter,” Bradley says. “We try to pass along certain skills that will do them well in this capacity.
These are things A sto they can take on t o tel ry into adulthood.” l. Chen is certain the annual memories will endure at least that long. “An experience like this I will keep for a lifetime,” he says. R
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TRIBUTE TO GARY DISANO
A life, ‘cut above the rest’ Friends and family say the late president embodied the theme he picked for 2010 By Claudia S. Palma
In 1972, this year’s Tournament of Roses president Gary DiSano returned home to Arcadia from Vietnam, where he had finished up his stint in the Navy. DiSano was feeling down, when his neighbor Gary Hayward, who would go on to become president in 1993, suggested volunteering as a way to give back — and as a way for DiSano to re-enter the community where he had grown up. DiSano took Hayward’s suggestion to heart, and he never left the TofR community. He continued to volunteer for 37 years. He stuck with it when he and his family moved to Newport Beach and then San Juan Capistrano. He stuck with it when he was diagnosed with bone cancer 10 years ago. He stuck with it — and was named president of the 2010 Tournament of Roses — when his health took a turn for the worst earlier this year. His wife of 24 years, Sabina, said he worked up until he lost his battle with cancer on Sept. 20. “He was extremely busy, very hard working,” Sabina says. “He really worked up until the very last moment. He didn’t want to give up.” As the TofR president, DiSano chose a theme that embodied not just how he saw his beloved parade but also how his loved ones saw him — a cut above the rest, the cream of the crop. In his 62 years of life, DiSano showed passion and commitment in everything he did and was, in his own way, a cut above. “Gary lived a ‘pay it forward’ ethic that was unconditional and centered on a passion for service,” says friend William 30 | ROSEPARADE2010
Kobayashi, the Tournament’s honorary director. Kobayashi says he admired DiSano’s determination to perform his duties to properly represent the Tournament, and his work ethic was second to none. Sabina, daughters Christina and Stephanie, and son Dominic will ride in the president’s car in his honor on Jan. 1. A ride down Colorado Boulevard the DiSano family says will be bittersweet. “I will feel that he should be there,” Sabina says. But Sabina says it will be important for her to be a part of the parade this year. “In order to acknowledge his hard work for 37 years, I feel I need to do this for him because that’s what meant so much for him,” Sabina says. “And to remind people he gave his best for this Tournament.” The 2010 Rose Bowl Game also will be dedicated to DiSano. DiSano was born in Los Angeles and raised in Arcadia. The La Salle High School graduate went on to attend USC and Harvard Business School. He served in the Navy for three years. Throughout the years, he paid his dues serving on and chairing various committees before he was elected to the Tournament’s executive committee in 2002. He was named president nine months before his death. DiSano, who resided in San Juan Capistrano, was director of purchasing for Century Wheel and Rim in Montebello and RGGL Corp. in Newport Beach. He loved the ocean, running on the beach, watching USC football and tending his rose garden. “He spent endless weekend mornings
in the backyard, gardening and nursing his rose gardens,” Stephanie says. “He would leave homemade bouquets in the kitchen counter as often as they could be replaced.” He also loved Italian culture and food and traveled to Europe many times, including Germany, where his wife was from. DiSano was a family man, the type of father who would dance with his daughters, take his children to football games and share a laugh with them. “Dinner after church was always a fun activity because we kids were pent up from sitting still for an hour, so dinner was our chance to be goofy with just our dad,” says his daughter Christina. He taught her to be compassionate, she says, and how to have fun. “Whenever there was a body of water involved, he would be swimming in it and taking me along on his back for as long as he could hold his breath underwater,” she says. “It was like the two of us were dolphins.” The family believes Gary would be happy with the way the Tournament has turned out so far. “He would remind the court they are ‘beautiful young ladies’ every chance he got,” said Stephanie. “He would be absolutely honored to have a true American hero like (Chesley Sullenberger) as the grand marshal.” As a way of keeping Gary’s memory alive, Kobayashi has set up a special e-mail address for anyone who knew DiSano to share their memories of him. He will put those messages in a memory book for the family. The email address is email@example.com R
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Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2010 Tournament of Roses festivities.
A pilot hero’s welcome Parade to glide over Colorado Blvd. under watch of Captain Sully By Janette Williams
When Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III, surrounded by marching bands, flower-covered floats and high-stepping horses, takes off along Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1, it could be the second-most exciting ride of his life. For the 57-year-old former fighter pilot, the thrill of being grand marshal of the 121st Rose Parade, “2010: A Cut Above the Rest,” may rank a few notches below his wild ride of Jan. 15, 2009. Sullenberger became an overnight hero when he and his crew landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York City, in full view of many Manhattan-ites, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard. Photographs of passengers huddled along the wings, a flotilla of rescue craft bobbing around them, left an indelible image around the world. 32 | ROSEPARADE2010
Now, almost a year later, with the world watching yet again, Sullenberger says he can’t wait to be part of what he calls “the world’s parade.” “We’ve only watched it on TV, but I always had a dream that one day we’d see it in person — and this is the way to do that,” he jokes. In the year since he hit the headlines, Sullenberger has become a frequent talk-show guest, was given the keys to New York City, wrote a book — “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” the first of two in a $3-million deal — and went back to work, flying parttime for U.S. Airways. He even had his own parade — his hometown of Danville honored him and his wife Lorrie on Jan. 24 — and he was nominated for the “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year” by the American Mustache Institute. Plus, in a nod to the flock of birds
that shut down both his plane’s engines and forced the landing, there’s his namesake cocktail: The Sullenberger — two shots of Grey Goose and a splash of water. At first, he says, all the attention was “overwhelming.” Responding, he says, “didn’t come naturally — quite the opposite.” “It was a life-changing event,” Sullenberger says. “But I’m 57, I’ll be 58 in January. I had a lot of life experience to draw on and put it in perspective.” The acclaim has come with “new obligations and opportunities — I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked, including flying,” he says. “But my biggest surprise is that here we are, 10 months later, and people are still recording great interest.” Sullenberger was born and grew up in Denison, Texas, graduated from the Air Force Academy and later served as a fighter pilot from 1975 to 1980, attaining the rank of captain. He’s not the first legendary pilot to lead the 5.7-mile parade.The Apollo 12 Astronauts, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn were all grand marshals, and dashing WWI “Ace of Aces” Eddie Rickenbacker took the role in 1957 — not to mention William “Captain Kirk” Shatner in 1994. And, Sullenberger says, he’s not even the first person born in Denison to be grand marshal. “My one connection with grand marshals is that President Eisenhower, like me, was born in Denison, Texas,” he says. Sullenberger will ride in the Rose Parade with his wife — a fitness trainer with her own San Francisco exercise show on TV — and their two children. He says he plans to “have some fun” with the whole Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game experience, brought about by the first “good news” story of 2009. The place, timing and the way the landing happened had a lot to do with its impact, the unassuming pilot said. “At the time, people were searching for good news, a reason to feel hopeful,” Sullenberger said. “And this was a life-affirming event.” R
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Float: Jungle Cuts Group: Cal Poly Universities Parade order: 56 Interpretation of theme: Animals getting haircuts. Description: Think of a hair salon gone wild — how can you go wrong with monkey barbers trimming and styling the manes of fellow jungle animals? There’s a lot of animation, too: the monkeys are using animated scissors, the hippo is wallowing in the pond next to a live-action waterfall and a toucan is flying above the trees. Don’t miss: One giraffe channels her inner Marge Simpson with a sky-high beehive and the zebra sports a purple mohawk.
Float: Salute to the Bands Group: Farmers Insurance Group of Companies Parade order: 4 Interpretation of theme: Gives a shoutout to the marching bands participating in the parade. Description: A “parade major” playing a glimmering brass bugle is the only thing on this float. But he’s 55 feet tall and wearing a very impressive red coat, so he’s a definite standout. Don’t miss: The figure’s left arm rises to bring the bugle to his lips.
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Float: Enchantment is in the Air Group: New Mexico, USA Parade order: 70 Interpretation of theme: Promoting the city as U.S.’ ballooning capital Description: The French skunk Pepé Le Pew woos Penelope Pussycat with roses and chocolates but she tries to escape on a hot-air balloon. Don’t miss: The float builder worked closely with Warner Bros. to reproduce the cartoon characters to their exact specifications.
Float: Samba Carnival Group: Jack in the Box Parade order: 13 Interpretation of theme: Carnival is known as the world’s most lavish festival. Description: Jack in the Box promises a show-stopping extravaganza and this float definitely delivers that. The main elements are a vibrant sun, two plumed cockatoos, cascading gardens and a samba band. DON’T MISS: There’s no way you’ll miss the 15-foot dancing puppets and 65 street performers.
humor Float: Scissored Wizard Group: La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association Parade order: 63 Interpretation of theme: A pair of scissors inspired the concept for this float. Description: The float’s young designer, Emily Neilson of Walnut Creek, tells the story of a great wizard who created a giant origami dragon. He cast a spell to bring the paper dragon to life and this is the scene depicted on the float. The wizard is holding a wand and a pair of scissors, his last-ditch weapon against an origami gone wrong. Don’t miss: Everything moves, including the origami crane’s wings.
Float: Barnyard Aces Group: Burbank Tournament of Roses Association Parade order: 34 Interpretation of theme: Back in the day, a group of pilots would excite the crowd by flying through the opens doors of a barn. The Burbank association gives these barnyard aces a “10.” Description: A barnstorming pilot executes a loop and fly-through maneuver. Chickens scatter as horses peek out the windows. Don’t miss: The plane is actually flying! Mounted on its smoke trail and controlled by a “pilot” inside the barn, the plane will climb, bank left and right and perform complete 360-degree rolls. 36 | ROSEPARADE2010
Float: City of Dreams Group: City of Cerritos Parade order: 54 Interpretation of theme: The float’s Venetian look is inspired by the grand lobby of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Description: The float celebrates the magic of Carnival in Venice, one of the world’s oldest celebrations. A jester towers over the scene and an ornate gondola carries masqueraded revelers. Don’t miss: Your eyes will be drawn to the jester and the gondola, but take in the rest of this Venetian street spectacle — from the mooring poles to the sculpted lamp posts.
Float: All Star Dreams Group: City of Anaheim Parade order: 60 Interpretation of theme: Since the city is hosting the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the float
pays tribute to America’s favorite pastime. Description: The haloed “A” of the Angels baseball team looms behind a stylistic representation of the Anaheim stadium. Pennants of each professional baseball team perch atop the grandstands. Don’t miss: Major League Baseball is debuting the 2010 All-Star Games artwork on the float.
Float: Jewels of the Pacific Group: Downey Rose Float Association Parade order: 82 Interpretation of theme: The ocean off the coast of California is one of the world’s best because of its rich wildlife. Description: Three giant puffer fish and half a dozen floating jellyfish swim in an underwater scene with other creatures, including a couple of sea maidens. Don’t miss: Fish swims around coral reefs.
Float: Garden of Dreams Group: City of Torrance Parade order: 32 Interpretation of theme: Spring shows the very best in nature. Description: Birds and butterflies perch on a fountain, arbors and flowers in this English cottage garden. Don’t miss: The butterflies’ wings flutter.
Float: On Track in 2010 Group: City of Alhambra Parade order: 45 Interpretation of theme: The city uses trolleys to link its past and future. Description: In an homage to the era of trolley travel from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s, a “Red Car” carries members of the Alhambra City Council and their families. Don’t miss: The trolley sits on a track with a brick road underneath.
Float: Celebrate the Arts in Los Angeles Group: City of Los Angeles Parade order: 58 Interpretation of theme: Los Angeles is one of the world’s leading centers for arts and culture. Description: It’s a nod to L.A.’s cultural icons: Hollywood Bowl, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Getty Center. Don’t miss: Performers on the float wear grand opera costumes and music is from the “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Float: Our Kids Group: City of South Pasadena Parade order: 49 Interpretation of theme: Every parent holds his or her kid as the best. Description: Historic icons of South Pasadena are showcased — the Rialto Theatre, Route 66 and the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Company. Don’t miss: The float performers are from the South Pasadena Strings, the youngest orchestra ever recorded at Carnegie Hall.
Float: California Girls Group: Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Parade order: 64 Interpretation of theme: As The Beach Boys say, they “wish they all could be California girls.” Description: Girls enjoy a day of sailing, accompanied by dolphins and other windsurfers. Don’t miss: Members of the L.A. Derby Dolls roller-skate around the float. ROSEPARADE2010 | 37
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Float: Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey Group: Boy Scouts of America Parade order: 89 Interpretation of theme: Service Description: Nature is definitely the inspiration — camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Don’t miss: Keep an eye out for Scouts flying on a 27-foot-long zip line.
Float: Space Odyssey Group: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California Parade Order: 20 Interpretation of theme: Living in space is the ultimate fantasy. Description: A space shuttle takes children (riders are children who have benefited from Ronald McDonald House of Charities) to a fantasy space station. Don’t miss: Elements of the float spin and swivel, “powered” by the eucalyptus leaf-covered solar panels
Float: Above the Rest Group: Kiwanis International Parade order: 85 Interpretation of theme: Inspiring kids to be a cut above the rest Description: The float is a multi-tiered tree house, with wooden and tire swings hanging from the tree’s giant branches. Don’t miss: A “Kids Only” sign wards off any curmudgeonly old folks from entering.
Float: Service Above the Rest Group: Rotary International Parade Order: 7 Interpretation of theme: Service above and beyond Description: A huge teddy bear, clad in a doctor’s white coat, sits in front of the pages of a medical book. Don’t miss: The bear gives a friendly wave.
Float: Family First Group: Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Parade Order: 80 Interpretation of theme: Placing family first helps children grow in life. Description: A family of birds — three adults and a pair of fledglings perch on tree branches. Don’t miss: The nest with three soon-to-hatch eggs. 38 | ROSEPARADE2010
Float: Decades of Service Group: Lions Clubs International Parade order: 8 Interpretation of theme: Dedication Description: The float is one big colorful calliope — decorated with yellow and red chrysanthemums — that plays rousing music and rides on strawflower wheels that turn. Don’t miss: Ten blind outwalkers escort the float.
Float: The Ten Commandments — Jesus Fulfilled Group: Lutheran Laymen’s League Parade order: 38 Interpretation of theme: Guiding people to live good lives. Description: The float shows significant religious elements, including the ark of the covenant, crucifixion and resurrection. Don’t miss: The parting of the Red Sea (hint: under the ark).
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Float: Quest for the Best Group: Anheuser-Busch Parade order: 71 Interpretation of theme: The pursuit of gold Description: It’s all about the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada: bobsledding, ice skating, hockey, ski jumping and other competitions. Don’t miss: Eight Clydesdale horses are doing all the work; they’re actually pulling the float.
Float: Hot Doggin’ — Going for the Gold Group: Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Parade order: 52 Interpretation of theme: Natural Balance is aiming for a Guinness World Record for longest single chassis float. Description: The float is 111 feet in length and has a 15-foot-long sculptured snowboard and a 60-foot-long ski slope where Tillman and three other dogs whoosh down. Don’t miss: For those who remember the 1977 TV series “Eight is Enough,” keep an eye out for actor Dick Van Patten.
Float: Where Winners Eat Group: Subway Restaurants Parade Order: 29 Interpretation of theme: Associates eating healthy with being a champion Description: Floragraphs showing photos of famous athletes flank a 10foot-tall rotating trophy cup. Don’t miss: Float riders are professional and amateur athletes.
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Float: Mountaintop Majesty Group: Rain Bird Corporation Parade order: 15 Interpretation of theme: Promoting water conservation and saving an endangered species. Description: The float depicts an African rainforest, home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Baby gorillas swing on a branch, frolic by the waterfalls and play with their parents. Don’t miss: The float carries more than 15,000 gallons of recycled water for the flowing waterfalls and the pharmitas grass used to create the gorillas’ fur was grown exclusively for the float. Float: Look Ma — No Hands Group: Trader Joe’s Parade Order: 47 Interpretation of theme: The delighted cry of children when they let their imaginations fly. Description: It’s all about flying machines, imaginary or not. There’s an armchair pilot, couch-bound gyro operators, solo ornithopter aviator and a tri-plane wing hanger. Don’t miss: A daredevil rider clings precariously to a tilting triplane and a motorcycle rider does wheelies on his “hog.” Pigs can fly if they have wings, and the pig in this float does.
Float: FFA Today Group: RFD-TV Parade Order: 87 Interpretation of theme: Television channel pays tribute to Future Farmers of America Description: The float is a tribute to agriculture and rural America: FFA youths, a moldboard plow, a barn and a windmill. Don’t miss: The buildings and a communication satellite at the rear of the float remind viewers that farming today uses technological advances.
Float: Ship of Dreams Group: American Honda Parade order: 40 Interpretation of theme: Float salutes those who help improve the lives of children. Description: Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, captains a 45-foot-tall, 75-foot-long three-masted ship. The sails carry the names of organizations that work with children and their families. Don’t miss: Pyrotechnics will “explode” from the ship’s masts and the dingy at the rear of the float.
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Angels in unfriendly skies The Tuskegee Airmen, quiet heroes of WWII, were known for protecting the American bombers they escorted on missions. At the Rose Parade, their legacy takes center stage. By Stacey Wang
Float: Tuskegee Airmen: A Cut Above Group: West Covina Rose Float Foundation Parade order: 37 Interpretation of theme: The float honors the Tuskegee Airmen. Description: The float is a tribute to the first African-American military who served the country during World War II. Some of the original members of the group, named after the airfield in Alabama where they were trained, will sit at the front of the float. Don’t miss: The planes depicted on the float are replicas of the airmen’s famous “Red Tailed” mustangs.
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Flying alongside bombers of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, with tail markings the hue of a bull’s-eye, these fighter pilots were mysterious to the rest of the military. They were christened by the bomber crews as “Red-Tail Angels,” known for protecting the skies and never leaving a bomber’s side. It was a discipline insisted upon by their commander, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. — a discipline that forced them to sacrifice becoming famed flying aces so they could escort America’s bombers through their perilous missions. Yet the color of their skin, unlike the color of their plane’s tails, was unknown to the men they were protecting. The only thing that distinguished them was their willingness to stay in the fight. “In the end, this is what we became most famous for — for staying with the bombers. And it’s our legacy, too,” says retired Lt. Col. Theodore Lumpkin of the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Better known as Tuskegee Airmen, these men were the first African-American military in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were recruited from 1941 to 1946. These “Lonely Eagles” fought a battle on two fronts — racism at home and the Axis powers overseas.
With the call of duty in their hearts, each man signed up for the Army following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, the reason behind their acclaimed name. The airmen were sent to fight in North Africa, Sicily and Italy in 1943-44 as the 332nd Fighter Group, which included the 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd fighter squadrons. Lumpkin, a ground intelligence officer for the 100th Fighter Squadron, and his men were sent on a convoy across the Atlantic Ocean in 1944 to set up base near Naples, Italy. “As a Negro member of the armed forces, we had a good relationship with the Italians. In fact, it was better than in the States, to be truthful,” the 89-year-old recalls. “I think that the Italians basically did not have the same kind of attitude toward minorities. They pretty much just accepted you as an individual. This really made you feel like a weight was lifted off your shoulders because you didn’t have to always be overly careful about things,” adds the Los Angeles native. In the U.S., the airmen’s 447th Bombardment Group was assembled but never saw combat. They did, however, fight escalating racism. “We figured that we were just trying to make our mark and be good pilots, that’s all. We thought we were part of the Air Force and that eventually we would get into combat, which we didn’t because 477th was a political football,” says retired 2nd Lt. O. Oliver Goodall. The group made its third training site move to Freeman Field, Ind., where the climate of hostility worsened. The field’s Officer’s Club was split in two by Goodall’s commanding officer. Airmen were told the main club was for “whites
only” and a secondary area was for blacks. “That’s when the trouble really began,” Goodall says. The secondary club was named Officer’s Club No. 1 or, to opponents, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” In an act of rebellion, more than 100 officers entered the main club in twos and threes in April 1945. They were arrested. “When you complete your cadet training, by act of Congress, you are an officer and a gentleman. And you should be appointed any facility Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
Tuskegee airmen and Edith Roberts, wife of Col. George Roberts, stand before West Covina Rose Float Foundation's entry.
that you go in, on any base. When (the commanding officer) decided to segregate the main Officer’s Club, we rebelled,” says Goodall, a bomber pilot who was one of the instigators of the Freeman Field Mutiny. A Southern California native, Goodall was unaware of segregation before the war. “I didn’t have any problems here,” the 86year-old says about growing up in Altadena. “I didn’t know I was colored.” It wasn’t until he was thousands of miles from his sunny home that racism became apparent. After the mutiny, court-martial proceedings were dismissed against Goodall and the other mutineers. However, it took the military 50 years to clear their records. Goodall was placed under house arrest — his activities limited only to flying, eating and sleeping. Even after the war’s end in 1945, despite their acclaimed record, the airmen faced bigotry at home and little recognition. “In October of ’45, I came back to the States to discover that the country as a whole
didn’t realize there was a black Air Force during World War II, and that there had not been much change in the country as far as their attitudes and customs,” Lumpkin says. The Red Tails continued to fly as Tuskegee Army Air Field-trained airmen until 1946. They were specially requested to serve as escorts on missions, completing 15,500 during the group’s existence. In 1948, the airmen integrated into the newly formed, unsegregated Air Force after President Harry Truman’s Executive Order No. 9981. That move established equal treatment in the military, but most of all, it marked the end of the Black Air Force. The efforts of the airmen sped desegregation along. Half a century later, the high-flying heroes no longer battle on two fronts — their campaign now takes place on the field of time. As the ranks of these speakers, role models and living legends dwindle, the Red Tails continue to fight for recognition and an increased awareness of their legacy. r
Float: America’s Pride Group: City of Glendale Parade order: 91 Interpretation of theme: The float recognizes those who serve in cut-above-the-rest professions: police, firefighters, educators, medical professionals and members of the military. Description: An American bald eagle sits on a log in the center of the float, surrounded by ferns, rocks, water and pine trees. Don’t miss: The 10 float riders are police officers, firefighters, medical professionals and soldiers, each accompanied by a young Glendale resident who aspires to follow in that career path. ROSEPARADE2010 | 43
FLOAT: Taiwan’s Guardian — the Third Prince GROUP: China Airlines PARADE ORDER: 67 INTERPRETATION OF THEME: The design, the group says, is what makes the float topnotch. DESCRIPTION: The focal point of the float is Nezha, or the Third Prince in Chinese mythology, who rides on a wheel of fire over the ocean to fight a dragon. DON’T MISS: There are no animated tricks but the design is spectacular.
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FLOAT: Dance with the Terra Cotta Warriors GROUP: Phoenix Satellite Television PARADE ORDER: 24 INTERPRETATION OF THEME: Shaanxi, China — considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. DESCRIPTION: Artifacts from the ancient province are shown: terra-cotta soldiers and the Big Goose Pagoda. DON’T MISS: Jigu drummers from Shaanxi perform.
FLOAT: Mexico Bicentennial GROUP: Mexico PARADE ORDER: 43 INTERPRETATION OF THEME: Celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence. DESCRIPTION: At the front of the float is the statue of the Angel of Independence with photos of Mexican heroes Miguel Hidalgo and Francisco I. Madero. At the rear is an Aztec pyramid and the Sun Stone. DON’T MISS: Thirty-six dancers from Ballet Coco perform on the street.
FLOAT: Better City, Better Life GROUP: Shanghai World Expo / Roundtable of Southern California PARADE ORDER: 74 INTERPRETATION OF THEME: Inspiration is the skyline of Shanghai. DESCRIPTION: Haibao, mascot of the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, waves from in front of the China Pavilion, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Shanhai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Towers. DON’T MISS: Fireworks from the buildings.
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Float: New Life Rises Group: Donate Life Parade order: 10 Interpretation of theme: Giving life through organ donation has no equal. Description: A phoenix rises above a bed of flames, its tail feathers adorned with dozens of floragraphs of loved ones. Don’t miss: The 24 riders sitting on benches along the side of the float are all transplant recipients and family members of deceased donors.
Float: Magnificent Tales of Health Group: Kaiser Permanente Parade order: 76 Interpretation of theme: County fairs serve as the inspiration. Description: A cornucopia overflows with fruits and vegetables. A carousel takes up most of the float. Don’t miss: The eight children riding the float are Kaiser Permanente patients chosen for their exceptional spirit in the face of adversity. 1. Andrea Beltran, 16, Hacienda Heights 2. Jimmy Daniel, 16, South Los Angeles 3. D’rell Gist, 11, San Diego 4. Morgan Heflin, 18, Los Angeles 5. Haley Ishimatsu, 17, Seal Beach 6. Kirstie Quezada, 14, Corona 7. Monica Trent, 15, Simi Valley 8. Daniel Udave, 14, Los Angeles
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New life rises, hope soars Donate Life’s floats have always sent the world the same message: For every life lost, several more can be saved. This year, the nonprofit organization’s entry uses the imagery of a soaring phoenix and personal stories to inspire hope. By PIA ABELGAS ORENSE
Floragraph: Nicholas Green, 7 Somewhere in Italy, a young man is walking around with Nicholas Green’s heart. A woman and a man are looking at their children through his eyes, and four others are living normal lives because his liver, pancreas and kidneys are working perfectly for them. Somewhere in Italy, a boy is walking around with Nicholas Green’s name. His mother is one of those whose lives were saved when Nicholas died. That was 15 years ago, and Nicholas’ example has saved thousands of lives since then. Nicholas was 7 years old when he was killed by highway robbers while he was on vacation in Italy with his family. His organs went to seven Italians waiting for transplants, one of whom was dying of liver failure the night Nicholas lost his life. The Greens’ story captivated the world, and the media attention helped put the spotlight on organ donation in Italy. Nicholas’ father, Reg Green, credits what the Italian media dubbed the “Nicholas Effect” to the substantial increase in organ donations in that country, which he says is now double the rate they were in 1994. “It is a great comfort,” Green says. “We still get e-mails from people who say their lives have been touched by this in some way or another. Many people write us to say somebody in their family died and remembering Nicholas’ story made them think of donation.” Reg Green has dedicated his life to organ donation. He has written several books, he and his wife Maggie have done interviews and speeches all over the world, and he runs the Nicholas Green Foundation full time from an office in his home in La Cañada Flintridge. A TV movie, “Nicholas’ Gift,” based on the family’s story, was released in 1998. The Greens’ lives have changed in more ways than one since the night Nicholas died. Aside from younger sister Elena, Nicholas now has 13-year-old twin siblings. “Each of us think of Nicholas every day. When he died, the house was very lonely. We all felt there was an empty place at the table — we still do,” Green says. “There’s a sense of irreparable loss. But, on the other hand, the sense that so much good came out of it puts something on the other side of the scales. There’s a solace.” Floragraph: Perlita Carrillo Celis, 2 Every April, Perla Carrillo marks three anniversaries: her son’s birthday, her daughter’s death and three strangers’ second chances at life. Seven years ago, 2-year-old Perlita suffered a brain hemorrhage the day after her brother Carlo was born — there had been no signs of the tumor growing in her brain until then. Surgery was attempted, but two days later Perlita was declared brain dead. “It was so quick,” Carrillo remembers. “My son was born, and we lost our daughter.”
At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, an organ donation representative talked to Perlita’s parents about the gift the little girl could give to others. Carrillo remembers thinking, “Why not?” It was something that would have made Perlita — a beautiful loving toddler who always wore a smile — happy, Carrillo says. “It was hard,” she says, “because we were donating to help others, but we thought, ‘Why? Why wasn’t it the other way around?’” Perlita’s kidneys and lungs went to two men in their 30s and to a 1-year-old boy named Isaiah. “It fills up your heart knowing there were other people you were able to help through your loved one,” Carrillo says. “From what I know, all three of them are living much better lives.” Float rider: Mina Gonzales, 57 Mina Gonzales, a 57-year-old Hacienda Heights woman who received a kidney transplant 11 years ago, calls her organ donor her angel. “He saved my life,” she says. Gonzales was placed on the transplant list after complications from hypertension damaged her kidneys. After four years, she started losing hope. Dialysis no longer worked, and fighting off an infection became a daily struggle. When she got a phone call in February 1998, she thought she was going to be told by staff at UCLA Medical Center that infection had once again set in. Instead, they told her a perfect match had been found. “Now, I don’t take anything for granted,” she says. “I thought I was going to die. I prayed ‘Dear God, let me see my son graduate from high school.’ Well, I’m going to be at my grandson’s graduation, too.” All she knows of her young angel is his first name, Carlos. Someday, she hopes to meet his family so she can thank them. In the meantime, she’s using her volunteer work as a Donate Life ambassador to make sure Carlos’ gift continues touching other people. “Me and him, we’re doing this together,” she says. Float rider: Glenn Matsuki, 58 For years, heart recipient Glenn Matsuki tried to reach his donor’s family. He sent them a thank-you letter telling them how his life had changed after the transplant, cards on every major holiday, plus one on the anniversary of his new life. He never heard from them. Someday he hopes to connect with the family, but even now, years after the transplant, he still doesn’t know how he would be able to express his gratitude face to face. “What would you tell somebody who allowed you to live?” he asks. He likely would tell them that he grieved for years for the young man who saved him when his own heart failed. Matsuki, of Long Beach, was on the transplant list for 11 weeks in 1995 after a flu rapidly progressed from an infection to congestive heart failure. After the transplant, he knew immediately that the heart placed in him was a good one. “It beat strongly,” he recalls. He has been an organ donation advocate since then. As hospital services coordinator for OneLegacy, he witnesses the transformation in grieving families once they make the decision to donate a loved one’s organs. “Out of this tragedy, families find a sense of comfort and meaning in their loved ones’ demise,” he says. “I see the transformation from grieving to seeing hope, so much good coming out of this tragic event in their ability to help people.” R
Float: Harvesting Good Health Group: City of Duarte / City of Hope Parade order: 78 Interpretation of theme: Teaching children the importance of nutrition is key to good health. Description: Children tend a sun-filled garden patch. Don’t miss: Float riders include City of Hope pediatric patients.
Float: We are the Champions Group: Bayer Advanced Parade order: 27 Interpretation of theme: Champions come to play at the Rose Bowl, the oldest collegiate bowl game in the United States. Description: The Rose Bowl Stadium is depicted as a “Championship Cup” brimming with a lush bouquet of 21 sculpted roses and orchids. Don’t miss: One of the cup’s panels shows an image of a 1911 Roman-style chariot race, which took the place of football for a few years in the early 1900s. The other three panels represent key games in the stadium’s history.
To read more about the other float riders and the loved ones honored through floragraphs and a memorial wall, go to http://donatelife-organdonation.blogspot.com/
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PARADE EQUESTRIAN TEAMS GROUP: United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard PARADE ORDER: 5 HORSES: America’s living legend “Wild Mustangs” of palomino color from the Bureau of Land Management “Adopt a Horse” program. DESCRIPTION: Since 1967, this mounted color guard, representing the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, is the only remaining mounted color guard in the Marine Corps today. GROUP: Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center PARADE ORDER: 12 HORSES: Five horses and six mules. DESCRIPTION: The horses and mules are used to teach riding and packing to U.S. Marines, as well as other branches of the military and NATO forces. GROUP: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament PARADE ORDER: 16 HORSES: Originating from the Iberian Peninsula for the region in Spain called Andalusia, the Andalusian was the “royal horse of Europe.” DESCRIPTION: Artistic and skillful pageantry paired with the horsemanship and swordplay allows Medieval Times to bring the Middle Ages to parade viewers. GROUP: Region 1 Versatile Arabian PARADE ORDER: 19 HORSES: The Arabian is the oldest and only purebred horse in the world. This breed traces its lineage to the deserts of Saudi Arabia, and the countries of Russia and Poland. DESCRIPTION: The horses and riders have many costumes, including authentic Arabian native costumes and a Victorian English Sidesaddle. GROUP: Wells Fargo PARADE ORDER: 23 HORSES: Each stagecoach is pulled by four quarter horses and is accompanied by an outrider. DESCRIPTION: Wells Fargo opened its first Pasadena office in 1885 on Fair Oaks Avenue, using brightly painted Concord stagecoaches. GROUP: Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club PARADE ORDER: 33 HORSES: The group rides Appaloosa horses with varying color coat patterns. One theory of how Appaloosas came to America is they were imported from the Near East or Spain and Mexico about 1600. The spread of the horses northward was made by the Plains Indians. DESCRIPTION: Riders and horses are costumed in authentic, colorful Nez Perce Indian Heritage parade regalia. The parade group is lead by the Native American chief in full war bonnet headdress. GROUP: The New Buffalo Soldiers PARADE ORDER: 36 HORSES: Missouri foxtrotters and Tennessee walkers are smoothgaited horses, making them comfortable to ride. Thoroughbreds were bred in England primarily for racing. Quarter horses were bred in the United States as ranch horses. DESCRIPTION: This historical re-enactment group recreates the life of Company H, 10th Regiment of the U.S. Cavalry. It educates the public about the contributions of African Americans on the American Western frontier. 48 | ROSEPARADE2010
GROUP: Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society PARADE ORDER: 48 HORSES: Blanket pattern Appaloosas, quarter horses, Peruvian Paso DESCRIPTION: The group symbolizes the romance of the Victorian Era in the colorful costumes members wear. Each member has a “rose” moniker representing who she is in the re-enactment society. Each costume is handmade. GROUP: The Shire Riders PARADE ORDER: 39 HORSES: Like the Clydesdale, the Shire horse is descended from the “Great Horse” brought to England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. DESCRIPTION: The Shire Riders decided to form a group in 2008 to promote the Shire horses. GROUP: Amigo de Anza Equestrian Unit PARADE ORDER: 44 HORSES: The Arabian horse is one of the oldest breeds. DESCRIPTION: This color guard is a group of young women from the more than 40 who have ridden representing the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail for the National Park Service. GROUP: Western Haflingers PARADE ORDER: 51 HORSES: Haflingers originated in the high mountains and villages of the Tyrolian Alps in Europe. DESCRIPTION: The costumes are Austrian folk costumes. The men wear lederhosen and shirts. The women wear dirndls, the decorative overdress with white blouse. GROUP: Long Beach Mounted Police PARADE ORDER: 55 HORSES: Palominos DESCRIPTION: The Long Beach Mounted Police was founded in 1935.
GROUP: Valley Hunt Club Hitch & Riders PARADE ORDER: 59 HORSES: Friesian horses are a relatively rare, black-colored breed that originated in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. Later, the breed’s agility made it sought after by riding schools in Paris and Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. DESCRIPTION: The Valley Hunt Club was founded in 1888 as a riding group that hunted jackrabbits and other game in the Pasadena area. The club founded the present-day Tournament of Roses in 1890. GROUP: Giddy Up Gals Equestrian Drill Team PARADE ORDER: 62 HORSES: The American Quarter Horse is well known as a racehorse as well as a working ranch horse. DESCRIPTION: Going beyond traditional military drill, the Giddy Up Gals wear whimsical costumes and props. GROUP: Cowgirls Historical Foundation PARADE ORDER: 66 HORSES: The American Quarter Horse is known for its calm disposition and quickness. DESCRIPTION: Each of the costumes are vintage Western wear.
GROUP: Arizona Mini Mystique PARADE ORDER: 69 HORSES: This miniature horse comes from English and Dutch mine horses, as well as the Shetland pony. They were used to pull coal from the Appalachian mines as late as the 1950s. DESCRIPTION: The group performs close-order drills such as pinwheels, spins, pass throughs and do-si-dos. GROUP: Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds PARADE ORDER: 73 HORSES: The Pinto American Saddlebreds of Scripps Miramar are designated breed champions. DESCRIPTION: The group presents circus wagons, ballerinas, mimes, and clowns. GROUP: Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers PARADE ORDER: 77 HORSES: American Paint Horses DESCRIPTION: The Painted Ladies perform trick riding, trick roping, and dancing. GROUP: Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club PARADE ORDER: 81 HORSES: Often called the “Cadillac of Horses,” the Peruvian horse is intelligent.
DESCRIPTION: Riders and Peruvian Paso horses will exhibit the unique “cadillac” gait of the Peruvian horse. GROUP: Horse Cavalry Detachment/ 1st Cavalry Division PARADE ORDER: 84 HORSES: U.S. Cavalry Horses DESCRIPTION: The 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment is the largest active duty mounted cavalry unit in the U.S. Army. The uniform the troopers wear originated in the early 1880s. GROUP: All American Cowgirl Chicks PARADE ORDER: 88 HORSES: Quarter horses and paints DESCRIPTION: The All American Cowgirl Chicks ride to raise hope for those suffering from cancer and other deadly diseases. GROUP: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department PARADE ORDER: 92 DESCRIPTION: Continuing a tradition since 1850, the sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Detail has closed the Rose Parade for the past 30 years. The deputies are volunteers who own their horses and take care of them at no expense to the county. R
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PARADE MARCHING BANDS Band: Conroe Tiger Band Representing: Conroe, Texas Parade order: 53 Description: The Conroe Tiger Band evolved from the school’s “swing” dance orchestra. It is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The Conroe Band is one of Texas’ Original UIL Sweepstakes Bands, winning its first Sweepstakes during the first year of organized band competition in the state in 1947. Band: Danvers High School Falcon Marching Band Representing: Danvers, Mass. Parade order: 90 Description: In 1996, the band won its first grand championship in Orlando with just 52 members. It is the only Massachusetts high school band to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade three times. Band: El Dorado Golden Hawks Band and Color Guard Representing: Placentia Parade order: 21 Description: Since 1966, this band has had only two band directors; Don Zink for eight years and current director Richard Watson. In the past four decades, the band has grown from a Class B band to a 6A Open Division band. It has won many sweepstakes awards throughout California, as well as Hawaii and Vancouver. Band: Glendora Tartan Band and Pageantry Representing: Glendora Parade order: 86 Description: Ranked as one of the Top 10 street bands in Southern California, the Tartan Band has won more than 200 awards in the past four years. It is the six-time Grand Champion of the Los Angeles County Fair Marching Band Competition. The current uniforms were designed in the 1960s as a tribute to the 42nd Black Watch Scottish regiment.
Band name: Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band Representing: Columbus, Ohio Parade order: 9 Description: Band members must memorize all music due to the nature of their disability. Some of the members with “perfect pitch” can identify five pitches played simultaneously on a piano. 50 | ROSEPARADE2010
Members of the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band react to news they were chosen to participate in the 2010 Rose Parade.
Ohio State School for the Blind
Quite a sight By Richard Irwin
Most people don’t like others looking over their shoulders, but members of the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band count on it. In fact, the small band is counting on its marching assistants to keep them on the straight and narrow along Colorado Boulevard this New Year’s Day. It will be their first appearance in the Rose Parade. “The sighted assistants use their hands on the shoulders of the musicians to guide them. Two hands on the left shoulder means left turn, two hands on the right means a right turn,” explains Tricia Mobley, a spokeswoman for the Ohio School for the Blind. The Buckeye band will not only be the smallest band to march in the famous parade, it will be the first with blind musicians. There are 68 band members, including 13 brass, 13 percussion and 11 woodwinds. The musicians are accompanied by marching assistants, volunteers who are as young as junior high school students and as old as senior citizens. “They’ve been practicing a lot; they’re ready for the big parade,” Mobley says. The marching band was formed in 2005 when Ohio School for the Deaf officials and students wanted a band at their football games. So they turned to the State School for the Blind, which already had a band playing at pep rallies and concerts. Co-directors Carol Agler and Dan Kelley turned it into the nation’s first blind marching band. Blind since birth, Kelley lent his expertise as a trumpet player, jazz musician and music teacher. The skilled conductor now leads the band and, together with Agler, developed the band’s signature drill, “Script Braille Ohio.” After the football season, the band continues to play at the home basketball games for the Ohio School for the Deaf. School officials say the Rose Parade offers them an opportunity to show the world what incredible musicians blind and visually impaired students can be. They want to serve as a role model for other students and programs. R
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Band: Kansai Honor Green Band Representing: Kyoto, Japan Parade order: 79 Description: The band is an honor band from the Kansai area of Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama) and includes college and high school students. Members wear traditional costumes and play Japanese folk music.
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The Marching Tigers have grown from 16 members in 1984 to 210 today.
Riverside City College
Hollywood’s band by Luanne J. Hunt
With appearances in 11 countries and GUEST STINTS in more than 50 movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos, the MARCHING TIGERS OF Riverside Community College have achieved what some might call rock-star status in the world of collegiate marching bands. The fervor over the 210-piece ensemble started with its 1990 Rose Parade appearance, which led to a television commercial for the Riverside Auto Center and then a part in the box-office hit “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Band: Farmers Insurance Group Since then, the RCC Marching Tigers Marching Band / Riverside City have been featured in “American Pie 2,” College Marching Tigers “Coach Carter” and “The Truman Show,” Representing: Farmers Insurance plus episodes of TV’s “Charmed,” “Gilmore Group / Riverside City College Girls,” “Boston Public” and “The Bachelor.” Parade order: 3 “We didn’t expect all of this to happen, Description: The Riverside but in a way it’s been a microcosm of three City College Marching Tigers is things — discipline, commitment and followparticipating this year as the Farmers through,” says Gary Locke, director of the Insurance Group Marching Band Marching Tigers since 1984. “If you combine and opens the show with the original those principles and then add music to the “The Flowers of the Rose Parade.” mix, you’re bound to be successful.” While Locke leads a talented group of young musicians, most marching bands do not rise to the status of the Riverside ensemble, which is sometimes referred to as “Hollywood’s Band.” “We’re really not your typical marching band,” Locke says. “We have singers and all the instruments you’d find in a rock band. That has a lot to do with our appeal and all of the opportunities that have opened up to us.” Adding to a growing list of accomplishments, the Marching Tigers will be making their fifth appearance in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. This time, the band will be in the opening segment alongside the Farmers Insurance Group float, performing an original composition, “The Flowers of the Rose Parade.” During the march down Colorado Boulevard, they also will play Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” and the standard “Strike Up the Band.” r 52 | ROSEPARADE2010
Band: Latin Band Pedro Molina Representing: Guatemala, Central America Parade order: 41 Description: This champion band has performed in Costa Rica, Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Mexico. It began as a very simple military-style band with coronets and drums. Over the past five years, it has made the transition to a Latin-style band. Band: Los Angeles Unified All-District High School Honor Band Representing: Los Angeles Parade order: 57 Description: The band is recognized as one of the only brass and percussion ensembles of its kind in the nation. The band is working on its goal to be a part of the next Presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. Band: Marian Catholic High School Band Representing: Chicago Heights, Ill. Parade order: 14 Description: Over the past 20 years, the band has earned hundreds of awards and honors. Marian has been undefeated in the Illinois Marching Band Championships since 1980. Its parade music will have a barber theme with music from “The Barber of Seville” and the Gillette Look Sharp March. Band: Millard West High School Wildcat Marching Band Representing: Omaha, Neb. Parade order: 46 Description: The band program has 165 students. The American Music Conference has hailed the Omaha school district one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America four times, most recently in 2005. Band: Ohio University Marching Band Representing: Athens, Ohio Parade order: 50 Description: The Ohio University Marching Band was founded in 1923. In 1976, they were the first marching band to present a concert in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
BAND: Oregon Marching Band REPRESENTING: University of Oregon PARADE ORDER: 31 DESCRIPTION: The OMB is composed of more than 200 students and has performed at San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks football games and at Disneyland. BAND: Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets REPRESENTING: Pasadena PARADE ORDER: 17 DESCRIPTION: The PCC Herald Trumpeters have preceded the Royal Court for more than 35 years. They also perform for the announcement of the Queen and her Royal Court. More than 140 students auditioned for the band, which features nine trumpet positions and one snare drummer. BAND: Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band REPRESENTING: Pasadena PARADE ORDER: 65 DESCRIPTION: The band, which consists of 235 members, has appeared in every Rose Parade since 1930. It is directed by Kyle Luck.
BAND: Pickerington Central Marching Tigers REPRESENTING: Pickerington, Ohio PARADE ORDER: 75 DESCRIPTION: This 232-member band marched in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This will mark the band’s fourth Rose Parade appearance. BAND: Soddy-Daisy Marching Trojans REPRESENTING: Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. PARADE ORDER: 68 DESCRIPTION: The 154-member band will be making its Rose Parade debut.
Larson directs this 170-member band that consists of volunteers from throughout Southern California. BAND: Walton High School Marching Raider Band REPRESENTING: Marietta, Ga. PARADE ORDER: 83 DESCRIPTION: The Walton band will make its second Rose Parade appearance. BAND: Webb City High School Cardinal Pride REPRESENTING: Webb City, Mo. PARADE ORDER: 72 DESCRIPTION: The Cardinal Pride band, which features 172 members, will be appearing in its second Rose Parade.
BAND: South Kitsap High School Marching Band REPRESENTING: Port Orchard, Wash. PARADE ORDER: 61 DESCRIPTION: The South Kitsap 124member band will be making its Rose Parade debut. BAND: The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band REPRESENTING: Los Angeles PARADE ORDER: 35 DESCRIPTION: This year will mark the band’s 90th Rose Parade appearance. Kevin
BAND: West Coast Composite Marine Band REPRESENTING: Camp Pendleton PARADE ORDER: 11 DESCRIPTION: Chief Warrant Officer Michael Edmondson directs this 122member unit, which has marched in the Rose Parade for more than 60 years. The band is one of six organizations that has a standing invitation to participate in the Rose Parade every year. R
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IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE 1 2010 Theme Float, presented by Wells Fargo with supporting sponsor NAMM 2 Grand Marshal 3 Farmers Insurance Group Marching Band / Riverside City College Marching Tigers 4 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies 5 United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard 6 President’s Car — DiSano Family 7 Rotary International 8 Lions Clubs International 9 Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band 10 Donate Life 11 West Coast Composite Marine Band 12 Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center 13 Jack in the Box 14 Marian Catholic High School Band 15 Rain Bird Corporation 16 Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 17 Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets 18 Macy’s / Queen Float 19 Region 1 Versatile Arabian 20 Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern California (RMHCSC) 21 El Dorado Golden Hawks Band and Color Guard 22 Mayor of Pasadena — Bill Bogaard 23 Wells Fargo 24 Phoenix Satellite Television 25 Ohio State University Float 26 Ohio State University Band 27 Bayer Advanced 28 Rose Bowl Game, Hall of Fame Inductees 29 SUBWAY® Restaurants
30 University of Oregon Float 31 University of Oregon Marching Band 32 City of Torrance 33 Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club 34 Burbank Tournament of Roses Association 35 The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band 36 The New Buffalo Soldiers 37 West Covina Rose Float Foundation 38 Lutheran Laymen’s League 39 The Shire Riders 40 American Honda 41 Latin Band Pedro Molina 42 Martinez Family 43 Mexico 44 Amigo de Anza Equestrian Unit 45 City of Alhambra 46 Millard West High School Wildcat Marching Band 47 Trader Joe’s 48 Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society 49 City of South Pasadena 50 Ohio University Marching Band 51 Western Haflingers 52 Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods 53 Conroe Tiger Band 54 City of Cerritos 55 Long Beach Mounted Police 56 Cal Poly Universities 57 Los Angeles Unified School District All-District High School Honor Band 58 City of Los Angeles 59 Valley Hunt Club Hitch & Riders 60 City of Anaheim 61 South Kitsap High School Marching Band 62 Giddy Up Gals Equestrian Drill Team
63 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association 64 Sierra Madre Rose Float Association 65 Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band 66 Cowgirls Historical Foundation 67 China Airlines 68 Soddy-Daisy Marching Trojans 69 Arizona Mini Mystique 70 New Mexico, USA 71 Anheuser-Busch 72 Webb City High School Cardinal Pride 73 Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds 74 Shanghai World Expo / Roundtable of Southern California 75 Pickerington Central Marching Tigers 76 Kaiser Permanente 77 Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers 78 City of Duarte / City of Hope 79 Kansai Honor Green Band 80 Odd Fellows and Rebekahs 81 Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club 82 Downey Rose Float Association 83 Walton High School Marching Raider Band 84 Horse Cavalry Detachment / 1st Cavalry Division 85 Kiwanis International 86 Glendora Tartan Band and Pageantry 87 RFD-TV 88 All American Cowgirl Chicks 89 Boy Scouts of America 90 Danvers High School Falcon Marching Band 91 City of Glendale 92 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Source: Tournament of Roses
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In case you miss it... If you can’t make it to the New Year’s Day parade, there are other chances to see the floats, bands and horses participating in the Tournament of Roses EQUESTFEST
The parade of Clydesdales, American quarter horses, Appaloosas, stallions and palominos on Colorado Boulevard is truly a magnificent sight, so it’s a shame they only play a supporting role on New Year’s Day. There is a chance, though, to catch these horses and their riders do more than just trot in formation. During Equestfest, normally held a few days before the Rose Parade, the equestrian teams showcase their signature moves — drills, dances, trick riding, roping — in a special performance at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. The audience also can visit the horses in their stalls after the show and talk to riders about various breeds. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 29, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, $12 (free for children 5 and under), (626) 795-4171, www.sharpseating.com. Live telecast on RFD-TV.
If you’ve only seen the Rose Parade on television, you’re missing out in more ways than one. Forget the five-second sound bites of the marching bands that you can barely hear above the chatter of TV hosts. To truly appreciate the depth of talent in these groups, you have to see and hear them live. Watch these award-winning marching bands from all over the country perform three shows over two days at the football field of Pasadena City College. Keep your eye (and ear) out for the tropical rhythms of the Latin Band Pedro Molina from Guatemala. They don’t just march — they salsa to the beat of their drums. 2 p.m. Dec. 29, 10 a.m. Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Dec. 30, Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, $12, (626) 795-4171.
Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the flowers, seeds, grains, bark, grasses and all kinds of organic materials are meticulously applied to the floats during the final stages of decoration. The three locations serving as the floats’ last homes before their big day open their doors so guests can meet the hundreds of volunteers who spend hundreds of hours decorating these moving masterpieces. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31, Rosemont Pavilion (700 Seco St.), Brookside Pavilion (Lot 1, south side of Rose Bowl stadium), Rose Palace (835 S. Raymond Ave.), $7 for any two visits (free for children 5 and under), (626) 795-4171.
POST PARADE SHOWCASE OF FLOATS
At the end of the Rose Parade, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street for two days so visitors can see them up close and in detail. This event gets really crowded but it’s worth the opportunity to step up to the floats and see the workmanship and artistry that goes into making them. 1-5 p.m. Jan. 1, 7-9 a.m. Jan. 2 for seniors and disabled, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2, Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street, $7 (free for children 5 and under), (626) 795-4171. ROSEPARADE2010 | 55
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PAGEANTRY Queen Natalie Innocenzi
Age 17, Arcadia Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Q: Why did you start Alzheimer’s Awareness Week at your school? A: I started Alzheimer’s Awareness Week because my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about six years ago. So to see her not remember and almost forget who I am and my mom and her sisters are was very hard. I thought that instead of feeling sorry about it, I would try to do something to make a difference. Q: What is it like being the youngest on the court? A: All the girls are like my big sisters and my moms. They help me with everything. We’re not very different; we’re into the same things. We’re still applying to colleges. It’s just the number and that’s about it. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: I like to play tennis, and right now I’m just doing a lot of homework. I like going out with friends, going to the movies, shopping. I’m a bargain shopper so definitely Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross or Forever 21. Q: Has anything changed since you’ve become royalty? A: Just that I’ve gotten calls from
people I haven’t seen in years to tell me congratulations. Different things like that. Nothing has changed. I’m still a 16-yearold in high school trying to get into college and do well in school. I just now have a full-time job along with it. Q: What would be your real royal name? A: Giselle. I just think it’s really pretty.
PriNcess Michelle Van Wyk Age 17, La Cañada Flintridge La Cañada High School
Q: What’s it like doing charity work with your mom? A: It’s really fun. Our favorite event that we do is the Special Olympics. For that event, you get put in pairs, and you get assigned to an athlete. So the last time we did it, we were assigned to a track runner, and it was really cool because we both got to know him. Afterwards, instead of coming home and telling my mom about it, she was there to experience 58 | ROSEPARADE2010
Q: Is the experience what you imagined? A: No. It’s so much more. You always hear how the Tournament of Roses is like a family. You’re just like, “yeah, OK,” and you blow it off. But when you’re a part of it, it truly is a family. I’m so lucky and humbled to be given this opportunity to be a part of it.
it with me. Just having the same experiences brings us together. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: I really like to do art in my free time. ... I work mostly with acrylics. I like working on big canvases, and I don’t like copying things; I just do whatever I want. ... Right now, I’m working on this kind of Lichtensteininspired portrait of my friend. So I kind of made her into a cartoon so it’s very ’60s retro with lots of color. Q: Does your brother tease you about being royalty? A: We went to this one dinner that had place cards, so when he sets the table, he places the one that says “Princess Michelle” in front of my place setting. He thinks it’s hysterical. I still love him. Q: What would be your royal name? A: I think Antoinette is a pretty royal name. I like my name. Michelle Antoinette. I could be like a French queen. Q: What’s up with the creepy faces between you and (Princess) June? A: June started it. ... It’s just something fun we get to do sometimes when we go out. We shouldn’t be creepy in public, I guess. It’s kind of a way for us to be silly at the Tournament House and to have a little fun. Q: What is the weirdest thing you have learned so far? A: During the tryout process, there are a lot of volunteers who kind of watch over you when you’re in the Tournament House. It turns out while you’re in the House, you’re being watched. It’s kind of like a whole judging process not to see if you’re presentable in front of the judges but if you have really good character when you’re not in front of a panel of people.
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PRINCESS ASHLEY THAXTON
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PRINCESS KATHERINE HERNÁNDEZ Age 18, Pasadena Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Q: Do you consider yourself a tomboy at heart? A: You know, I was when I was growing up. I was a little bit of a tomboy, but I think the biggest influence on me was sports. I was very, very into sports since I was little. I think you can be active in sports and still be a girlie girl. Q: What got you into track and field? A: Running has always been one of those family outings. Some people go to the park together, we all go out on runs. So it’s really great, when I first started to run, I got to get close to my dad. He was the one who taught me how to run basically. Q: Has anything changed since you’ve become royalty? A: A lot of things have changed. I still try to keep up with my activities. It’s difficult though. I have less time to myself and less time to sleep. But it’s been really great because I have all this experience with the Tournament. Q: What is unique about you? A: My mom being born in Mexico. It’s created a unique experience and interesting blend of cultures in my house and the way that I’ve been brought up. It’s really taught me how to look outside of my community and maybe have a more global view on things. We spend a lot of time in Mexico, and seeing the poverty there is different than anything you can see in this country. Q: What is the weirdest thing you have learned so far? A: That princesses like to eat as much as anybody else. It’s funny because all of the girls, we can be tired after a long day of training, but the second anybody mentions food, everyone lightens up. Everyone brightens up. Everyone gets excited about food.
Q: What inspires your love for music? A: I did children’s choir when I was little. My mom sings and plays the flute, and my dad plays the drums, so music has always been a part of our lives growing up. Especially musical theater, which is my favorite aspect of music. Whenever we clean the house, we blast “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” We sing and all clean together. I grew up with it, so it just came naturally, and it’s just something I love. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: I love to read. When I was little, when I’d get into trouble, I’d have to go to my room, and I wouldn’t be allowed to read — that was my punishment. I had to sit and do nothing. Q: Has anything changed since you’ve become royalty? A: Not really. I think it’s weird getting up in the morning and not going to school. Then, going to get pampered instead. My relationship with my friends has stayed the same. They’re really supportive but not too over the top about it. Q: Is the experience what you imagined? A: In a sense it’s what I imagined it’d be like — the glamour and all the clothes is sort of what I expected. I didn’t realize how much community service we’d be doing. We’re going to be attending over 150 community events. Q: What is the weirdest thing you have learned so far? A: I learned why white suiters wear white suits. In 1933, the city of Pasadena wanted to deny the Tournament of Roses any future parade permits because the crowds were getting insane, and there was no way to manage. They couldn’t pick out the volunteers from the crowds. There was no way to control everything so the committee members got together and decided that it would be completely insane to wear white suits on New Year’s Day, but they decided to present it to the city of Pasadena, and they thought it was a great idea.
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Princess Lauren Rogers Age 17, Altadena Blair High School
Q: What got you into speech contests? A: When I was younger, when I was born, I had somewhat of a hearing disability, so I couldn’t speak very well, and I was very quiet. So when I got older, I kind of wanted to get out of that after
I had my surgery for my ears. I just wanted to develop my speaking as much as a could. ... We recently learned with our speech training that you can breathe through a straw to calm you down. Before the President’s Dinner, when all the court was presented for the first time, all the girls were doing a breathing exercise with the straws. Q: Has volunteering at Huntington Hospital changed your outlook? A: It definitely shows, when you see all the patients, it makes you very compassionate. It makes you very — I don’t want to say vulnerable — but it definitely shows you things that can happen in life. Q: What would be your royal name? A: I think Lauren is royalty enough. I mean, it’s who I am, so it’s something I want to stick by.
Princess Kinsey Stuart Age 18, South Pasadena Pasadena City College
Q: What motivates you to participate in so many activities? A: I realized that I get joy out of making other people happy, so that’s why I did a lot of the community service stuff I did. Q: Has anything changed since you’ve become royalty? A: My mom cleans my room when she visits me, without asking, and does my laundry. Other than that, no. They kind of make fun of me for it, especially my grandmother. She says, “even though you’re a princess, you’re still under my roof, and I’m the queen bee.” Q: Is the experience what you imagined? A: It’s more. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was 4 years old. ... My grandmother would send me newspaper articles about the Rose Court since I was 4. That was the main reason I moved down here to try out. And I know it was a really big long shot, but I didn’t have a clue that many girls would try out, and I didn’t really care because I knew this was something I wanted to do even if I didn’t make it past the first round. To make it to each round after that made me so much more proud of who I was. Then when I made it to the final seven, I couldn’t have be happier. This whole experience has been amazing, and it’s only going to get better. Q: What is the weirdest thing you have learned so far? A: That you can use toilet seat covers as blotters. That’s the weirdest thing I have ever heard of in my life. And now I know. 60 | ROSEPARADE2010
Princess June Ko
Age 17, Arcadia Arcadia High School
Q: What made you stay with the violin for so many years? A: I was always ingrained in classical music since I was born. ... I didn’t like the discipline that came with violin, but after being involved in it for so long, I’ve come to appreciate musicians and especially classical music artists, and it’s a really big passion of mine. Q: What would be your royal name? A: Oh, I’ve got one. Anastasia Elizabeth Bennington. That one sounds classy. Q: What is unique about you? A: I’m sort of a joker. ... And it’s great that everyone else on the court is like that, so we have great interaction with each other. Michelle, especially — we like to make creepy faces at each other. Q: Is the experience what you imagined? A: There’s not enough words in the dictionary to describe what the six girls and I are going through. Q: What is the weirdest thing you have learned so far? A: I think it’s amazing how we can still muster a lot of enthusiasm and excitement toward each other even when we have a really long day. And that really surprises me, and it’s a good thing, too.
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[No. 859] Walk or die. That’s what it had come down to for Lonnie Saathoff. Daily exercise was an absolute necessity for him to survive a debilitating lung disease. But farm work as a young man, then a career in construction and involvement in karate and other strenuous activities had taken a toll on his knees. For a decade, he struggled with increasing knee pain, to the point that he could no longer walk. Now in his 60s, he was left with very few options for keeping his lungs clear. Every day had become a nearly hopeless struggle. Then Lonnie turned to Methodist Hospital. Orthopedic surgeons replaced both of his knees over a three-month period and put him back on his feet. “I see so much potential for myself now,” Lonnie says. “I see a lot of hope.” Today, Lonnie is clicking off the miles in…
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Bi-partisan effort by San Gabriel Valley Congressional Delegation increases Restoration Fund to $135 million
San Gabriel Valley Congressional delegation increases authorization of the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund by $50 million bringing the total to $135 million. The Restoration Fund provides funding for cleanup costs associated with groundwater contamination in the San Gabriel Valley. Cleanup of the San Gabriel Basin is estimated at over a billion dollars.
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San Gabriel Valley Congressional Delegation secures $3.5 Million for groundwater cleanup The San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority received a $3.5 million dollar appropriation for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund. The San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund is currently authorized for $135 million. To date the Restoration Fund has received $78 million in Congressional appropriations since its establishment in December of 2000.
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WQA Helps Fund Technology Upgrades at Local Water Treatment Facilities The Congressman David Dreier Treatment Facility, owned & operated by the San Gabriel Valley Water Company, as well as the Valley County Water District Treatment Plant and the La Puente Valley County Water District Treatment Plant received millions of dollars in state-of-the-art upgrades. Technology upgrades make long-term treatment more cost and energy-efficient.
Alhambra Phase II The City of Alhambra has begun delivering water from their Phase 2 Treatment facility. The facility restores existing city wells by treating 7,000 gallons per minute of contaminated groundwater. The WQA partnered with the City and the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District on this project. The WQA provided $1.4 million for the construction of this facility.
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Oregon vs. Ohio State Ducks pit high-flying offense against Buckeyes’ stingy defense By Steve Ramirez
Oregon and Ohio State both bring 10-2 records and conference championships into the 96th Rose Bowl Game. Oregon lost just once in Pac-10 play and Ohio State lost just once in Big Ten action. But that’s where the similarities end. The Ducks, making their first appearance in Pasadena since 1995, are an offensive juggernaut. They come at you hard and fast. The Buckeyes, appearing in their first Rose Bowl Game since 1997, are built on defense, allowing a mere 12 points per game. Something’s got to give, and it will, beginning at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day. “They play with such tremendous tempo and passion, and I know one thing, we’d better get in shape because they come after it and go
hard,” says Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who has led the Buckeyes to Bowl Championship Series games six times since 2002. “They’re an aggressive style football team. You can see they love to play the game. It all gets tied together with their great skill and great talent and special teams prowess there. “I can promise you, they are lightning, and if you can win the Pac-10 — I think top to bottom, the Pac-10 is one of the most balanced and good football conferences in America — you have a great football team. We will obviously need to be at our best.” The key for the Ducks is their spread-option attack, which is spearheaded by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The junior from Northern California is a total offense machine, accounting for nearly 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns. Oregon’s prowess doesn’t stop there. The Ducks also give opposing
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Andre Amos of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds a rose in his mouth after beating the Michigan Wolverines 21-10 on Nov. 21.
defensive coordinators headaches with running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. James has rushed for 1,476 yards and 14 TDs; Barner has 302 yards and three TDs. Also available is LaGarrette Blount. The senior was suspended for much of the season after punching a Boise State player in the season opener, but looked good in the Civil War game against Oregon State on Dec. 3. “They have speed everywhere, all the way from their people up front to the people outside and the running backs and quarterback and so forth,” Tressel says. “The quarterback is a guy who can hurt you bad with his speed and his arm. The receivers do a great job on the quick throws; they do a great job on the deep throws. ... they bring everything at you that you can possibly get ready for, and they do it at such a fast pace.” The Buckeyes counter with a defense that has allowed only 83 rushing yards per game. It’s led by first-team All-Big Ten defensive back Kurt Coleman, linebackers Ross Holman and Brian Rolle, and linemen Cameron Heyward and Thaddeus Gibson. “They have great athletes at every level (line, linebackers and secondary),” Oregon coach Chip Kelly says. “They don’t give up a lot of points, or make a lot of mistakes. “They play disciplined football. It’s really going to be a challenge. They always have guys in position to make plays. They don’t give up
a lot of big plays. It’s a great combination.” Oregon also will be challenged on defense, facing an Ohio State offense that has shown great ability to move the ball. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor leads the attack, accounting for more than 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also leads the team in rushing with 707 yards. The Buckeyes also look to running back Brandon Saine, who has rushed for 694 yards, and receiver DeVier Posey, who has 52 receptions for 727 yards. “They do a lot of multiple things,” Kelly says. “They force you to defend the whole field. They can go out of the I (formation) or go shotgun and five-wide. They use a lot of different packages. It’s really like trying to defend two or three distinctive offenses, run by the same team.” The Ducks, who have lost some key players in the secondary, will have to defend it with a unit that has given up 146 points in its last four games. But they made some key stops to get victories at Arizona against Oregon State. “It’s a great matchup,” Kelly says. “I think that’s the neat thing about bowl games is that you play teams you don’t see that much. We see Ohio State a lot on TV because of what time they (usually) play and what time we play. “I have a ton of respect for their program. I look at it as a challenge to see where we are as a team.” R
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GAME COACH | OREGON
Ducks’ Kelly in control By Steve Ramirez
It truly pays to be lucky and good. Chip Kelly has been both, and that’s why the Manchester, N.H., native has gone from being a virtual unknown to near the top of the coaching profession in college football. Kelly, 46, will lead his Oregon Ducks in the 96th Rose Bowl Game against Ohio State on New Year’s Day. In four short years he has gone from offensive coordinator at little-known NCAA Football Championship Subdivision New Hampshire to head coach of the Pac-10 champion Ducks. Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti was the Ducks’ head coach when Kelly came to Oregon in 2007. Bellotti said he is not surprised by Kelly’s exploits, which include creating one of the better offensive machines in college football. “It probably seemed bold” to hire Kelly, says Bellotti, himself a Division II alumnus, coaching at Cal State Chico and UC Davis. “But it was borne out of the fact that I came from Division II. I know there were a lot people out there who said, ‘Who’s this guy?’ “But I knew he could coach. I think there’s a lot of snobbery in Division I football. But I always look at who can do more with less and to me, coaching is coaching. Chip was the best coach who understood our style of football and could make us better.” The tie-in for Kelly to Oregon was Gary Crowton, whom he succeeded as the Ducks’ offensive coordinator in 2007. The two had become friends through the coaching network, and Crowton recommended his friend when he took a similar position at Louisiana State. At that time, Kelly had been offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at New Hampshire for eight years. In seven of those years, the team averaged more than 400 78 | ROSEPARADE2010
yards of total offense per game. In Kelly’s final four seasons, the team averaged more than 30 points per game. Kelly has lived up to the expectations at Oregon. The Ducks set school records in scoring and total offense in his first season at Oregon. And now, after Bellotti decided to retire, Kelly in his first year as a head coach has the Ducks in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. “I have a lot of memories as a kid of the Rose Bowl,” Kelly says. “I’ve been fortunate to see it because that’s where UCLA plays their home games. But you get a feel for it when you drive down (into the Arroyo Seco). You say to yourself, ‘That’s the Rose Bowl,’ and you understand all the history of the place. “It does take a lot of work (to get there), and the way our season went, it does make it a little more special for us.” Oregon took a long and winding road to Pasadena, including running into what seemed like a major road block in a Week 1 loss to Boise State. The Ducks not only saw their high-powered offense slowed in a 19-8 setback, but the game ended with senior running back LaGarrette Blount punching a Boise State player, putting a black eye nationally on the Oregon green and gold.
But Kelly has kept the ship on an even keel. “We got a little bit older after that game,” Kelly says. “We were a young football team, and we played against a very good Boise State team, which I think doesn’t get enough credit for what they’ve accomplished. “We just matured. We haven’t changed since the beginning of the year.” But the perception has. Oregon has been one of the better teams, both nationally and in the Pac-10, winning 10 of its final 11 games. The Ducks thrashed previously seven-time defending conference champion USC, 47-20. The Trojans were No. 4 in the country at the time. The Ducks, who have scored at least 30 points in 10 of 12 games this season, then capped off the rebound by rallying to beat rival Oregon State, 37-33, in the annual Civil War game to earn a trip to Pasadena and the 96th Rose Bowl Game. “I think Chip handled it well,” Bellotti says of the season-opening loss. “There was a lot of things that could happen after it, but he kept control of the team.” “It was a negative incident, but he kept the team in line. Chip did a great job. I supported him and the end result was a Rose Bowl season and a Pac-10 championship,” he says. R
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Tressel: Midas touch By Steve Ramirez
Jim Tressel wasn’t Ohio State University’s first option when it searched for a new football coach back in 2001. But he’s proven to be its best. The Ohio native, in nine seasons, has transformed one of the nation’s morenotable programs, which had become stagnant, and catapulted it back into the national limelight. Under Tressel, the Buckeyes have enjoyed its best era since the Woody Hayes’ days, advancing to a Bowl Championship Series game in six of his previous eight seasons, including winning the national title with a 31-24 upset of No. 1 Miami in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State has also advanced to the pseudo national title game in 2006 and 2008, losing to Florida and Louisiana State, respectively. “We’re fortunate,” Tressel says. “All that means we’ve had pretty good players. You don’t get in these games without having good players. We have a good coaching staff, and our staff works extremely hard.” The same can be said for Tressel, who has had the Midas touch in his only two head coaching positions, suffering through just three losing seasons in 25 years. Tressel came to Ohio State after 15 successful seasons at Division I-AA Youngstown State, where he was 135-57-2 in 15 seasons, and won four national titles and finished second twice. He was also national coach of the year twice. Then fate called. Ohio State had fired John Cooper and top candidates Los Angeles Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Oregon’s Mike Belotti took their names out of consideration. Tressel, who had been an Ohio State assistant from 1983-85, beat out Minnesota’s Greg Mason to become the Buckeyes’ 22nd football 80 | ROSEPARADE2010
coach and the program’s third since Hayes was fired in 1978. “I never gave coaching (anywhere other than Youngstown State) much thought,” Tressel says. “My thoughts were always on our next game. I had a wonderful time at Youngstown State. We had some good teams, and I was also athletic director there, so I was quite busy. (Coming to Ohio State) kind of just happened. It was all of sudden. (Ohio State) made a change, I interviewed, and here I am nine seasons later.” Ohio State has been stellar since. The Buckeyes come to Pasadena, their first trip since rallying to beat Arizona State in 1997, after winning or sharing the Big Ten title each of the past five seasons. Tressel also has six consecutive victories over rival Michigan, the longest such streak in the series since the 1920s. His eight-win record against the hated Wolverines ranks second at Ohio State behind Hayes. “We are really in a great place,” Tressel says of coaching in Columbus, Ohio. “One of the things I feel very responsible for is to hold up that tradition.” The Buckeyes continued it this season, winning 10 of 12 games and earning the program’s 14th trip to Pasadena. But after losing several key players from last season’s co-conference championship team, it was a work in progress.
Ohio State began the year ranked in the top 10. But the Buckeyes suffered a heartbreaking 18-15 loss to USC in week two and before putting its streak of Big Ten titles in jeopardy after losing 26-18 at Purdue in week seven. But the Buckeyes closed like a thoroughbred, securing the league title with a 24-7 victory at Penn State and 27-24 overtime win over Iowa, which clinched the Rose Bowl bid. They finished off the regular season with a 21-10 victory over Michigan. “We’ve worked really hard,” Tressel says. “We took some shots and the guys hung in there. This year was tough because we had to replace 28 seniors. But our kids just battled and I’m proud of them.” But it’s not complete yet. There’s still one more chapter left in Ohio State’s yearbook, one Tressel is looking forward to when the Buckeyes face Oregon on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl. “It’s a tremendous honor to compete in the ‘Granddaddy of Them All’ in the 96th Rose Bowl,” Tressel says. “It’s always one of the goals at the beginning of every football year is that you have a chance to play in that one. You can be assured you’ve had a wonderful season when you come to Pasadena.” And it’s been a wonderful ride for Tressel at Ohio State. R
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Not-so-secret weapon Masoli a perfect fit for Ducks’ spread-option game By Steve Ramirez
Jeremiah Masoli’s coming out party was on Halloween. But the Oregon quarterback’s journey to become one of college football’s elite players has taken a lot longer. It included playing at two high schools, a stint at the City College of San Francisco, where he won a California state and national JC title, and beginning his career in Eugene, Ore. fifth on the depth chart. But throughout it all, Oregon coach Chip Kelly, one of the masterminds of the spreadoption, knew he had the right man. “For what we look for, in this offense, we want a quarterback who can run, not a running back who can throw,” said Kelly, who admitted he recruited Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor before settling for Masoli. “There’s not a lot out there, because it’s a special skill set. We have to go high and wide to find that guy who can pull the trigger for us. “We need that guy who can throw, because sometimes in our league you’re going to have to throw 35-40 times a game for us to be competitive. Jeremiah’s done that. And there are times we want a guy who can run the ball and be tough. Jeremiah is the ideal quarterback for what we are looking for.” The Northern California native’s path to greatness didn’t come overnight. Masoli was almost an afterthought in fall camp last season, regulated to the No. 5 spot on the
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli of the Oregon Ducks runs on the field during the game against Oregon State Beavers on Dec 3. Photos by Getty Images
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Running back LeGarrette Blount of the Oregon Ducks breaks a tackle by Dwight Roberson of the Oregon State Beavers and runs for a touchdown.
Ducks’ depth chart. But his talent eventually emerged, and he took the controls of Kelly’s spread-option attack early in the season. “I was just trying to work myself in,” Masoli, 21, told the Portland Oregonian. “I didn’t know too many people on the team. I was just trying fit in, but I only had so much time. “This year, I’ve had spring ball, summer to get ready. I thought I was ready to have a big year.” He zoomed into the national spotlight on Oct. 31, accounting for 386 yards and two touchdowns as the Ducks overwhelmed then-No. 4 USC, 47-20. It was also the Ducks’ coming out party, and the victory put them in position to advance to Pasadena for the first time since losing to Penn State in the 1995 Rose Bowl. But more importantly, it was a win over USC, which very few teams had pulled off since 2001. “Moments like those, you’ll never get again,” Masoli said. “I mean, when you beat (USC) and fans lift you up, I don’t think I’ll ever have that kind of moment again. I definitely soaked that one in. “I was up there, man, looking at everything.” Masoli accounted for nearly 2,500 yards and 25 TDs in leading the Ducks to a 10-3 record in 2008. He followed it up this season with nearly 2,800 yards and 27 TDs. The 5-foot-11-inch, 220pounder is the perfect fit for the spread-option, which is based on reads and getting the best players on the offense in open space. He also showcased his ability in the Civil War game against rival Oregon State on Dec. 3. With the game on the line and a trip to Pasadena waiting in the balance, Kelly put it all in Masoli’s hands. On fourth-and-two from the Oregon State 32 with just over three minutes left and the Ducks clinging to a 37-33 lead, Masoli rolled right and swept around the end before running over a Beaver defensive back to get the clinching first down and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl. It was the perfect play to describe not only Masoli’s physical ability, but also his mental toughness. “I know what he’s going to do behind me,” lineman Mark Asper told the Oregonian. “Jeremiah, more than anybody, runs a certain way. He sets up defenders really well, where he moves one way and cuts back the other way. “(The defender) goes this way, and I know Jeremiah’s going to go the other way.” And now he’s going to the Rose Bowl. R
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GAME QUARTERBACK | OHIO STATE
Achieving proper balance Buckeyes’ offense in rhythm because Pryor has found his By Steve Ramirez
There were times last year when Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked like an experienced senior capable of being one of the top players in the country. There also were instances when he looked like exactly what he was — a true freshman trying to make the adjustment from high school to NCAA Division I. Pryor has found the proper balance this season, leading Ohio State to its fifth consecutive Big Ten Conference title and the school’s 14th appearance in the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. “It’s been an interesting journey for him,” says Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who compared Pryor with former Buckeye quarterback and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith. “He was kind of thrust into it last year, but he had to take over a veteran team and kind of walked the tightrope and helped them (share the Big Ten title). “This year, it’s been a whole different experience. He is supposed to be the veteran and I think he’s handled it well. I think he’s done a good job.” Pryor has been solid. The 6-foot-6-inch, 235-pound sophomore was one of the more productive players in the conference, accounting for just a little more than 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns. “What I learned from last year, talking with coach Tressel, is maturity,” Pryor says in a video interview on TerrellePryor.com. “I had to show more poise. I can’t go out there and be out of control and start screaming at everyone to get them pumped up. “I have to be more relaxed and focused. I can’t get overhyped. As the quarterback, I just have to be laid-back and let it come to me. I have to be pumped up when I need to be, but I also have to be relaxed out there.”
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor of the Ohio State Buckeyes prepares to pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 14. Photos by Getty Images
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That new attitude has resulted in solid numbers for Pryor, who has thrown for 1,868 yards and 16 TDs, while rushing for nearly 800 yards and seven TDs. The difference has been quite noticeable to the opposition. â€œHeâ€™s found a rhythm,â€? Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told the Associated Press. â€œHeâ€™s more comfortable now. Heâ€™s more experienced, certainly. â€œHeâ€™s always been a phenomenal athlete and now heâ€™s becoming a better quarterback, a more comfortable quarterback. And it takes time.â€? Itâ€™s that athleticism that made Pryor the top prize in the national recruiting wars two years ago. He was on the list for hometown favorite Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon. But the Buckeyes won out, partly because Tressel envisioned another version of Smith, who won the Heisman and nearly got the Buckeyes a second BCS national title in the 2006. Pryor is not there yet, but heâ€™s coming along quite nicely, Tressel says. â€œHe just allows us to be more versatile with that added dimension,â€? Tressel says. â€œHeâ€™s a lot like Troy Smith, but heâ€™s further along than Troy was at this stage in their careers. â€œAt this time in his career, Troy was still on the scout team. We can do some of the things we could do with Troy because with Terrelle he can do some damage either throwing or running with the football.â€? Another key for Pryor is who he goes to war with. Heâ€™s surrounded by a lot of weapons â€” running backs Brandon Saine (131 carries for 694 yards) and Dan Herron (139 for 588) and receivers DeVier Posey (52 for 727, 7 TDs) and Dane Sanzenbacher (27 for 506, 6 TDs). Combined, they keep opposing defenses guessing. â€œWeâ€™ve taken some pressure off of him,â€? Posey told the Associated Press. â€œWeâ€™ve been trying to focus on team concepts and let Terrelle know that heâ€™s our guy, that he really doesnâ€™t have to get into too much what the mediaâ€™s saying about him and the criticism. â€œI feel like heâ€™s playing with no pressure now. You can see him a lot more comfortable in the pocket and heâ€™s actually running the offense now. Heâ€™s just being more of a leader and heâ€™s getting better and better every week.â€? Pryor has one more game to prove the point. It comes New Yearâ€™s Day in the Rose Bowl. R
Terrelle Pryor of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a second quarter pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 21.
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Unforgettable moments By Jim McConnell
Brent Moss of the University of Wisconsin breaks through UCLA’s defense to score the first touchdown in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Wisconsin won 21-16.
Members of the USC Trojans celebrate after winning the Rose Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at the Rose Bowl in 1990. USC won the game 17-10.
History can turn in a moment. Nowhere is that more evident than sports. Here are the Top 10 turning points in Rose Bowl Game history: 10. 1929: Georgia Tech 8, California 7. Cal’s Roy Riegels picks up a fumble and rumbles 60 yards the wrong way. This football faux pas leads to a game-winning safety for Tech, a 60-second spot on every movie studio’s newsreel and the Rose Bowl’s reputation as a place where anything can happen. 9. 1939: USC 7, Duke 3. In the gathering dusk, it’s Doyle Nave to Antelope Al Krueger and the Trojans stun unbeaten and unscoredupon Duke. The play secures the forward pass as college football’s great equalizer and USC’s role as a giant-killer. 8. 1947: Illinois 45, UCLA 14. The first of the ongoing Big Ten versus Pac-10 series. The Bruins came in unbeaten and boastful; Illinois had only a modest 7-2 record. But Buddy
Vince Young of the Texas Longhorns kneels after scoring a 14-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game against the USC Trojans at the Rose Bowl in 2006.
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Young — all of 5-foot-5 — and the rest of the Illini ran rings around UCLA, the beginning of a long stretch of Big Ten dominance in the Arroyo Seco. 7. 1963: USC 42, Wisconsin 37. The first time the Rose Bowl matched No. 1 versus No. 2, this one featured a heroic comeback try by the Badgers, led by quarterback Ron VanderKellen, before the Trojans managed to hold on. More than any previous Rose Bowl, this cemented the game as a network ratings bonanza. It also marked the end of the Big Ten’s domination on Jan. 1. 6. 1966: UCLA 14, Michigan State 12. It’s still the greatest upset in Rose Bowl history. People forget just how good Michigan State was, and how undermanned the Bruins were. But Gary Beban and company rose to the occasion, and Bob Stiles made an interception for the ages to prevent a game-winning touchdown by the Spartans. 5. 1975: USC 18, Ohio State 17. One of the greatest of Coach Woody Hayes’ Buckeyes teams, but the Trojans used late-game magic by Pat Haden to pull off the upset. Haden throws to J.K. McKay for a touchdown, and then — after Coach John McKay disdains a PAT kick — somehow manages to hit Shelton Diggs in the back corner of the end zone for the winning two-point conversion.
4. 1980: USC 17, Ohio State 16. Another great OSU team falls to the Trojans, this time thanks to never-say-die Charles White, who rushes for 247 yards and the game-winning score, with 1:32 remaining. 3. 1990: USC 17, Michigan 10. For the first time, a hometown product is the hero. Muir High School graduate Ricky Ervins, who lived five minutes from the Rose Bowl and used to park cars there on Jan. 1, scores the game-winning TD for the Trojans with 1:10 remaining. The result costs Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines a national title. The irascible Bo finishes 2-8 in his trips to Pasadena. 2. 1994: Wisconsin 21, UCLA 16. Led by the pass-and-catch combo of Wayne Cook and J.J. Stokes, the Bruins amass 500 yards in total offense — and still come up short. Driving for the potential game-winning touchdown, Cook loses track of the downs and spikes the ball on fourth down. Roy Riegels would understand. 1. 2006: Texas 41, USC 38. College football’s greatest game, the Bowl Championship Series championship game, right here in Pasadena. With the national title riding on the outcome, the Longhorns’ Vince Young was not to be denied, turning in the best individual performance (467 yards in total offense) in Rose Bowl history. R
Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young during the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game against the USC Trojans on Jan. 4, 2006.
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Pasadena Star-News sportswriter Harlan â€œDustyâ€? Hall, way back in 1923, is credited with coining the label Rose Bowl for the game held at the Pasadena stadium.
â€˜THE GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALLâ€™
Survival of the fittest indeed BLAME IT ON CHARLES DARWIN. Those old enough to remember the flap over Darwinism in the 1920s also may remember seeing an especially ugly bug or decrepit dog and exclaiming â€œLook! Itâ€™s the granddaddy of us all!â€? The context being, if we accept Darwinâ€™s theories we are all the offspring of some humble creature. The saying has since passed into general usage, losing its sarcastic tinge in the process. Which brings us to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Game. Thereâ€™s no debate over who came up with the label Rose Bowl. It was Pasadena StarNews sportswriter Harlan â€œDustyâ€? Hall, way back in 1923. He put together the fact the new Pasadena stadium was patterned after the Yale Bowl with the name of the tournament and came up with Rose Bowl. Like Rose Bowl, the phrase â€œThe Granddaddy of Them Allâ€? is now a registered trademark of the Tournament of Roses. If Keith Jackson had a nickel for every time he
said it, he would be a far richer man than he is. But who stuck the tag on the game? Press-box legend has it that legendary writer Grantland Rice JIM MCCONNELL â€” ironically, known as â€œGrannyâ€? to his friends â€” was the first to utter the phrase in connection with the Jan. 1 gridiron gallopings in the Arroyo Seco. Others give credit, or blame, to Rube Samuelson, sports editor of the Pasadena Star-News. Still others cite Maxwell Stiles, sports editor of the Los Angeles Examiner. In reality, the phrase started making its way into print in the 1940s, in multiple sports sections on numerous occasions. What isnâ€™t in dispute is who popularized the slogan: It was Max Colwell, Tournament of Roses manager in the 1940s and 1950s.
Colwell, who first covered the game in 1922 as a cub reporter for the Pasadena Post, knew a good thing when he heard it. Colwell also knew the Rose Bowl had indeed spawned a host of imitators. The Orange and Sugar bowls started up in 1935. The Sun Bowl followed, in 1936, and the Cotton Bowl in 1937. After that, it was a deluge of bowls, everything from the Salad Bowl to the Oil Bowl to the Potato Bowl to, more recently, the Poulin Weed Eater Bowl. Rather than disparage all this competition, Colwell embraced it. Or, more properly, adopted it. Henceforth, these other bowls were quasi-legitimate offspring of â€œThe Granddaddy.â€? Eventually, TofR officials moved to copyright the slogan. Some current-day critics say the tag is appropriate, in that the game has become dull and geriatric. However, if you know your â€œOrigin of Species,â€? you know â€œthe granddaddyâ€? got there by being both powerful and potent. All hail Granddaddy. R
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