Thomas Kelso

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Residing In: Alta Loma, CA USA
Homepage: Whittier College 1973
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Played college football in Utah and in 1971 was a member of the first ever USA Division One College team to play football games in Japan. The Silk Bowl was played in Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium the site of the 1964 Olympic Games, a week later, December 26th, played a final game, in Osaka's Kansai Koshein Ball Park.

In the 90's I started Professional Sports Management team that signed four NBA draft picks in three years.
Trained, coached and mentored Venus and Serena Williams' older half brother Charles Williams who basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian once told me was the greatest athlete he'd ever seen. Charles later became the starting point guard for Sports Illustrated Magazine's number one rated Univ of Cincinatti basketball team that was later mired in controvesy and suspension, Rob "Sic Wit It" Kennedy who is credited arguably with making the greatest trick shot ever in a nationally televised and internationally viewed basketball game and Venice Beach legend Reggie "Slam" Cotton, the Mike Jordan of Wayside and the only man I've ever seen complete a 360 slam dunk off a lob. Both after turning down multiple offers including the Harlem Globetrotters became star members for a few years on the popular nationally televised ESPN series "Street Ball" "The Original And One Team" sponsored by Mountain Dew. To name a few.
Sitting in the old UNLV basketball gym in the mid 90's with our Danny Orr watching my guy Atlanta Ga's finest "Give em Goose Bumps And Make Em Say Whoa" Jerran Cobb put up 48 in the D 2 College Vegas Tourney basketball finals. To name a few.

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How did this ever happen...
Hank, Fie, Pat, Mike, Bain, Liz and Joe. I know you are all gone, but I know what, you already know that again one day we will play sports and dance all night. together ...see you's.
WHS 1964-68. I was lost in darkness, and was touched by the light, young, anxious and always "fat" in a hurry untogether we brought virgin summers, winters, spring and fall.
Shooting pool with Chandler at the Buehlers'. "God" why isn't he here to tell the stories..
"Hearing whisphers" all mine and asking??? How dare they take my Pride and Joy, asking for her heart... and playing with mine.
My favorite teachers were Jerry Doggett and Chick Hearn. Vin Scully still is.
Yes! It's Halloween.
A funny memory. My El Rancho football buddies , Joey Cabrera, David Cervantes and Bill Kleine. Their senior year at the Ranch they did not have a first period and they would show up in the mornings before school at WHS. Some may remember them, they wore their lettermen jackets, and when school started they would hide in the library. The librarian never said a word, Kleine looked like Paul Newman, dark, silent, chiseled with windex blue eyes, Dave like Ray Danton, Joey, with that sense of humor and rare if ever seen before or since animal magnetism, I remember missing Joey, trying to tackle him a couple of times, we had been football rivals since 1961, Joe played for the Montebello Indians, I the Whittier Valiants, in our 1967 game our senior year, and not feeling to good about it. I had him dead to rights and he got away...Years later I would recover that 1967 game film, and relive missing him, again, and again and then getting him, again and again, and again. Watching the 1967 El Rancho vs Compton Centennial CIF first round playoff game film that I recovered along with ours, helped me. Centennial going into that game was ranked number one in the U S of A our senior year and after watching it I no longer felt so bad. Centenial's All American middle linebacker had a worse time with spinning Joe then I, he never got Joe...Once. Joe won that Friday night light game in Cerritos Colleges' Falcon Stadium, Joe scored both TD's on runs of 37 and 14 yards. The Ranch won 13-7... a huge upset...it wasn't to me or any of us that ever played the Ranch or knew Joe.
Back to the WHS library, Agahst? You know what? They made that librarians day, night and weekend...If she is still alive she still smiles when she recalls it. If you want to smile and ever run into Jerry Renfro, Greg Haserot, Brent Tucker, Pete Meiras, Guy Rebentisch, Guys dad Reb, my mom Kathleen, Fred Padilla, Chris Sherman, Chris McCluer, Ernie Santa Cruz or I, ask us about Joey. Joey can't speak for himself, Joey is the epitome of the adage "Only the good die young."

Our heart wrenching last seconds five point loss to Arcadia in the final game our Junior year. That loss cost us any chance of going to CIF as it was understood that if you win you're in and if you lose your out. In the last seconds of the game, Arcadia's final offensive possesion Lopez for defensive purposes put Bob Chandler at Safety a position Bob had not played all season. In desperation Arcadia threw a hail mary pass that really was a wounded duck, an easy play for Bob, so easy he was licking his chops. Some may remember that Bob was a trememdous leaper which proved his and our undoing, he misjudged the ball and jumped so high that he jumped over it, and helplessly watch the ball fall into the recievers hands and the guy run into the end zone. That was one dead silent bus ride back to school. In the locker room, long after everyone else had left, I stayed there with Bob trying with all my heart and soul to console him, he was distraught and over come with shame, he couldn't lift his head, and over, and over again he verbally blamed himself. I told him, over and over "Bob if not for you, we would not have won the games we did." After a long while he lifted his head and with a stealy glint in his eyes looked me dead in my eye's, then got up and left without saying a word. In those day's boys weren't supposed to cry... he didn't.
Robbie L how weird is this... the guy that you woke up out of his body and made in a most unorthodox way graduate high school, is alergic to plastic.
Thank you Dr Blanchard.

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As I finish my final draft Bob Chandler WHS 1967 former NFL Bills are playing the Ravens on CBS the tv network Bob worked for in LA until the end.
Who knows if the belief is valid but from time to time I find myself and hear others speak of how our world has changed? An example might be that in our day being a class ahead made a huge difference in who you built a friendship with even when playing on the same organized sport team. That single year may have been the reason why Bob and I, beyond competing against each other, may not have known we existed. Bob I and others spent many days and hours engaged in competition that at times led to nasty encounters and violent interaction, none however like the one Bill Kleine El Rancho 1968 and I witnessed during the 1969 USC Spring game. As spectators sitting inside the LA Coliseum, watching the 1969 USC Spring game Bob made a sideline out of bounds catch for a first down when late after the whistle blew, USC DB Ty Hudson a top recruit from LA Roosevelt HS cheap shot a relaxed Bob, then raised him above his head and slammed him WWF PRO Wrestling style with all his might onto the rubberized asphalt long jump running surface. The impact was so horrific it would have murdered a lesser man. Bob managed to raise to his feet and begin to walk and then collapsed and was rushed to the LA Childrens Hospital located on the opposite side of the LA Harbor freeway from the Coliseum. There his life was saved from a collapsed lung, spleen and broken ribs. The last times I saw Bob were walking across the field while working at CBS news after Rams games at Anaheim Stadium and being interviewed in front of the LA County jail before visiting his old Trojan and Buffalo Bills teammate OJ Simpson who was incarcerated on trial for murder.

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I started sometime ago to write of the many tragic events that surrounded Redman Ave north of Whittier Bl. but omitted one, that I had a hard time not telling but find myself now breaking down and telling.
It was the summer of 1977 and I was working from 5:PM to 1:00AM in the heart of central Downtown LA and living in Belmont Shore, Soon after getting off I was headed home east on the 5 and while nearing the 210 Long Beach Frwy with a brilliant full moon staring me directly in the face I began thinking of and envisioning Mike Salazar WHS 1967 a person I had not thought of in years and the times Mike and I spent together riding our Bikes to Legg Lake to fish and others being taken their by his family to have BBQ's. That same evening after sleeping most of the morning I get a phone call from my 1st cousin Susan Walker WHS 1967 Susan was nearing the end of her skating career on the KTLA 5 Dick Lane Whoa Nellie LA T Birds. and she called to tell me that she had just gotten off the phone from talking to one of Mike's younger sister's who called to tell her that Mike committed suicide. I asked Sue when? she said around 1 am last night and then asked where? She answered Legg Lake.

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IF ANY CARE PLEASE RE READ MY LAST POSTING BECAUSE I WROTE IT VERY POORLY AND HAVE NOW GONE BACK AND EDITED IT. THANKS.

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In 1967 the start of our senior year our V Football 2nd team was nicknamed after the popular tv program featuring Forrest Tucker & Larry Storch F Troop. In 1958 Susan Walker WHS 1967 & I were together sitting in the Temple Theatre located on Vermont ave and 58th st in the heart of South Central LA waiting for the first movie to start "THE BEAST WITH 5 FINGERS" THE FILM WAS FEATURED ON THE FRONT LOBBY POSTER AS"YOUR FLESH WILL CREEP AT THE HAND THAT CRAWLS". AND A 2nd MOVIE "THE CRAWLING EYE THE OBBY POSTER READ" "THE NIGHTMARE TERROR OF THE SLIGHERING EYE THAT UNLEASHED AGONIZING HORROR ON A SCREAMING WORLD". The Temple Theatre closed it'.s doors in1965 shortly after the Watts RIots and never re- opened. Then right before the first movie was to begin a member of the last white gang in South LA "The Nightingales" tells us to leave right now because there is going to be a showdown in front of the Temple between us and the all black street gang "THE BOUNTY HUNTERS" who later evolved into the Bloods, 'SO WE DID AND MISSED BOTH MOVIES. IRONICALLY THE STAR OF THE 1958 HORROR FILM "THE CRAWLING EYE" COINCIDENTALLY WAS THE SAME F TROOP STAR FORREST TUCKER. THAT WE LOVINGLY NICK NAMED OUR 2ND STRING V FOOTBALL TEAM. THEN SUE AND I WOULD WALK THE SEVERAL BLOCKS HOME ALL ALONE IN THE DARK AFTER BEING DITCHED BY SUE. LATER WHEN TIED INTO OTHER GANG RELATED AND OTHER ENCOUNTERS INCLUDING IN 1973 WHEN WORKING OUT TOGETHER PLAYING TENNIS AT MIDNIGHT IN HARVARD PARK. THE PARK IS LOCATED ON 58TH ST ANG HARVARD IN SOUTH CENTRAL LA WITH RONNIE RAY SMITH. RONNIE WON A 1968 OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL IN THE 4X100 METER DASH AND HE ALSO SET THE100 METER WORLD RECORD 9.9 IN LAKE TAHOE DURING THE 1968 MEXICO CITY SUMMER OLYMPIC TRIALS. RONNIE WAS THE FIRST TO CRACK THE 10 SECOND BARRIER IN THE 100 METER YARD DASH AND FORMER UTAH STATE TEAMMATE FREDERICK DOUGLAS GRAY WHO HE AND RONNIE WERE SOON TO JOIN: TOM LANDRY'S DALLAS COWBOYS PRE SEASON TRAINING CAMP IN OXNARD. AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF WORKING OUT TOGETHER RONNIE CHALLENGED ME TO A RACE TO THE CAR, WHEN ALMOST IMMEDIATLY AFTER FREDDIE SAID GO RONNIE STOPPED RUNNING BECAUSE RONNIE KNEW HE COULD NOT CATCH ME. BACK TO THAT NIGHT IN HARVARD PARK WHEN FROM OUT OF NOWHERE A ROAMING BAND OF CRIPS STREET GANG MEMBERS WALKED UP AND FREDDIE WHOSE OLDER BROTHER MOST KNEW AND THEN WAS SERVING TIME IN THE "Q" SAN QUENTIN AND RONNIE WHO HELD FAME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT THEY WERE SHOCKED SEEING ME THERE WITH THEM AT THAT TIME OF NIGHT TURNED AROUND AND LEFT WITH OUT ANY OF US EXCHANGING A WORD. THEN GROWING UP ON REDMAN AVE IN WHITTIER ONE BLOCK NORTH OF THE 7/11 ON WHITTIER BL WHERE MY MOM MEET ANDREW OWENS ON HIS FIRST DAY AS THE ALL NIGHT 7/11 CLERK, IT WAS SAME DAY HE WAS MURDERED BY JAMES "TOOKIE" WILLIAMS WHO BEGAN THE CRIPS STREET DURING A ROBBERY GONE BAD. LATER TOOKIE WAS CONVICTED AND EXECUTED IN SAN QUENTIN. THE ACTOR JAMIE FOXX PLAYED TOOKIE IN THE 2004 FEATURE FILM "REDEMPTION" . ALSO IN 1979 EX WIFE AND I WHO IS JOE MILLER'S GRAND DAUGHTER, AND WHO FRIENDS PARK IN WHITTIER WAS SEVERAL YEARS BACK OFFICIALLY RE .NAMED JOE MILLER PARK IN HONOR OFJOE MILLER, THEN MAYOR VIC LOPEZ HELD THE OFFICIAL PARK CHRISTENING, AND THE WHITTIER DAILY NEWS COVERED THE EVENT AND PUBLISHED A WRITTEN AND PHOTO ARTICLE DETAILING THE CEREMONY. MY EX WIFE AND I ALONG WITH OUR 1 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER FOILED BEING MURDERED IN OUR SLEEP. BY "THE "NIGHT STALKER " RICHARD RAMIREZ IT OCCURED IN 1979 SHORTLY BEFORE RAMIREZ WENT ON HIS KILLING SPREE, SO IF HE HAD SUCEEDED THE THREE OF US WOULD HAVE BEEN RAMIREZ'S FIRST VICTIMS. ODDLY ENOUGH RAMIREZ AND I ALSO HAD A NEAR UNSPEAKABLE 2 ND ENCOUNTER DURING A THEN SCRTD NOW SIMPLY CALLED METRO BUS OPERATOR FOLLOW UP ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AT 8TH ST AND VERMONT AVE IN LA WHEN BECAUSEOF MY PRESENCE ON THE BUS FOILED RAMIREZ FROM SEXUALLY MOLESTING A THEN SCRTD NOW METRO FEMALE LINE 50 BUS OPERATOR. THE BUS OPERATOR WAS STOPPED LAYING OVER IN THE BUS LAYOVER ZONE SITTING AT THE WHEEL WITH HER HEAD DOWN PUNCHING TRANSFERS WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE FULLY EXPOSED WITH A FULL ERECTION RAMIREZ RUNS ON THE BUS AN ATTEMPTS STICKING IT IN HER FACE AND MOUTH WHEN JUST THEN HE GLANCES OVER AND SEE'S ME AND IN A FLASH HE JUMPS OUT THE FRONT DOOR AND WAS GONE. AS DIFFICULT AS THESE THINGS MIGHT BE TO BELIEVE? THEY ALL DID.

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WE HAD NOT SETTLED ON REDMAN AVE IN WHITTIER FOR VERY LONG ATER MOVING THERE FROM SOUTH CENTRAL LA IN 1960 WHEN OUT OF BLUE ONE DAY IN ABOUT 1961 I DECIDED AS AN 11 OR 12 YEAR OLD TO WALK THE ONE OR SO BLOCK SOUTH TO THE CORNER OF WHITTIER BL & REDMAN AVE AND CATCH AND RIDE THE OLD LATL 58 LINE BUS AND EXPLORE DTLA . THE 58 LINE TERMINATED INSIDE THE OLD GREYHOUND BUS STATION LOCATED BETWEEN 6TH & 7th ST's AND BETWEEN LOS ANGELES ST AND MAPLE AVE. THE 58 LINE OPERATED TO AND FROM DTLA AND THE CITY OF FULLERTON'S OLD PACIFIC ELECTRIC 'PE' RAILWAY STATION WITH THE 58 W LINE TERMINATING INSIDE THE UPTOWN WHITTIER DEPOT. THE WHITTIER DEPOT WAS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF COMSTOCK AND BAILEY AND INCLUDED IT'S OWN SODA FOUNTAIN AND SOLD TOBACCO, NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES AND HAD A CHINESE RESTAURANT ACROSS THE STREET. FROM THE DEPOT LOOKING DOWN BAILEY YOU CAN SEE THE WHS AUDITORIUM. THE BUS ALSO OPERATED ON PHILADELPHIA ST TO DIRECTLY SERVE THE FRONT OF WHS.
WESTBOUND FROM REDMAN AVE THE LINE TRAVELS ON WHITTIER BL WHICH BECOMES 6TH ST, THEN ON CENTRAL AVE AND WEST ON 5TH ST THROUGH THE HEART OF SKID ROW. AS THE BUS TURNED ONTO 5TH ST FROM CENTRAL AVE I BEGAN SEEING SIGHTS OF PEOPLE THEN I HAD NO IDEA EXISTED, IT WAS ALL WHITE MALE CACASIANS STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK, THEIR PALLOR AND YELLOWING SKIN TONE, DWARFED PHYSIQUES, LACK OF OVERALL DEVELOPEMENT AND ESPECIALLY CLOTHES? THEY WERE ALL CONTRIBUTED, THEY DRESSED AND LOOKED LIKE THE OLD RED SKELTON CHARACTER CLEM KADIDILHOPPER. THEIR PANT LEGS WERE 6 OR SO INCHES TO SHORT TO EXPOSE THEIR SOCKS AND ANKLES AND THEY WERE SHOWING THE ILL EFFECTS OF POOR NUITRITION, POVERTY, ALCOHOL, DRUGS, AND SUFFERING WITH A LOOK OF ANGUISH DIGGING INTO THEIR FACES. IT STILL TO THIS DAY EXISTS, ONE DIFFERENCE IS THEN IS WAS ALL WHITE BUT THEN THOSE THAT WANTED ONE COULD GET A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD TO NOW ALL BLACK AND ALL HOMELESS. AS THE BUS REACHED THE STATION I CAME OUT ON 6TH ST AND BEGAN WALKING WEST ON 6TH ST WHERE ON THE CORNER OF 6TH & HILL ST's KITTY CORNER FROM PERSHING SQUARE.I DISCOVERED AN OLD PARAMOUNT MOVIE THEATRE AND PURCHASED A TICKET AND WENT IN, AS I FIND A SEAT JUST DOWN THE ROW I CATCH THE EYE OF A PERVE WHO WAS WEARING A LONG JACKET AND SUBTLY TRY'S NOT TO APPEAR TO BE TO OBVIOUS STARING AT ME. SOON AFTER I BEGIN TO FEEL UNEASY AND GET SCARED AND LEAVE, AS SOON AS I GET UP TO LEAVE HE DOES AS WELL AND BEGINS TO FOLLOW ME OUT ONTO HILLS ST., WHEN JUST AS I REACH PERSHING SQUARE I'M STOPPED BY TWO LAPD BEAT COPS ,THE PERVES NOW GONE AND THE ONE OFFICER ASKED ME WHERE I LIVED? WHEN I SAID WHITTIER HE ASKED "HOW DID YOU GET HERE? WHEN I TOLD HIM ON THE BUS HE SAID "YOU GO BACK AND GET ON THAT BUS RIGHT NOW AND GO HOME AND DON'T COME BACK." OF COURSE I DID BUT NOT UNTIL ABOUT A YEAR AFTER BUT NOT ALONE, THIS TIME I WAS ACOMPANIED BY A POP WARNER FOOTBALL FRIEND WHO'S GRAND FATHER MAURY EISMAN WAS THE PRESIDENT OF WHITTIER'S KING CONFERENCE POP WARNER FOOTBALL PROGRAM AFTER HE SLEPT THE NIGHT OVER,.LATER HE WOULD ATTEND AND GRAD FROM LA HABRA HS. AGAIN THE EXPERIENCE ENDED WITH THE SAME RESULT WE GOT RUN OUT OF DTLA BY THE LAPD.

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