Thomas Kelso

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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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In 1968 CIFSS High School basketball was dominated individually by it's two top scorers, Aviation HS Paul Westphal 32.8 ppg & Whittier's Gil Albitre with 31.8 ppg. Today Paul Westphal was named to the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Paul after high school went on to USC where he was an All American performer then he and Alvin Adams were top picks of the Phoenix Suns and then top performers for many years.

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I attended Kindergarten in South LA at Budlong Ave Elementary school and 1st through midway through the 4th grade at Nativity Roman Catholic school located near S Vermont Ave and Slauson Ave. While in Kindergarten my mother who was actively involved in the PTA Bake sales etc, and I were selected to make guest appearances on Eleanor Hemphill's KTTV channel 11 M-F 11 AM local television program "Little School House." The program was on channel 11 after Bill Welsh's House Party and before Sherriff John. The show was filmed at the school and myself a two other kids were placed in a separate classroom and asked to perform routine Kindergarten activities like finger painting and answering questions etc.. The first time I appeared I was a nervous wreck, so scared I could barely get the words out and if my mother wasn't also on the program I would having probably started bawling my eyes out eventually I calmed down a bit and was OK on the three other episodes I appeared on. There was a book published in 1958 detailing the program with pictures etc which is now selling on Amazon which I'm tempted to buy.

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One of the most popular films during my elementary school days was "The Westside Story" a fictional musical tale of neighborhood rivals the Sharks and Jets based in NY City. Jim Town/ Girardo Park had a men's social club with members in their early to late 20's named "The Lamplighter's." "The Lamplighters" had their own satin jackets with an artist conception of a pre electricity lamplighter lighting an antique street light on the back. How I became aware of them was that on occasion they and I would be together after school hours on the basketball courts at Franklin Elementary School which bordered Jim Town. I recall some would have their girl friends or wives with them who would hold their jackets while they played full court basketball against each other. I was still in my early to mid teens and would be on the other court by myself working on my game, fantasizing not to "Be like Mike" the Nike marketing slogan that featured basketball superstar Michael Jordan who came on the scene some 20 or so years later, but to "Be like Rick" after then basketball great Rick Barry at the time my favorite NBA star. I would frequently stop play and watch them and none of us ever said a word to each other. The closest Jets and Sharks moment I ever experienced was with Jay Gatfield WHS 1968. One day Jay who grew up in the same neighborhood and I decided to race our twelve speed bikes on the yet to be opened 605 freeway. Jay and I were 12 or 13 at the time got on the vacant freeway at Beverly Bl. and were racing south towards Whittier Bl. and just as we passed by Jim Town a group of guys from Jim Town saw us and began chasing us by foot on the freeway,yelling repeatedly at the top of their lungs "Surfers".Needless to say it scared the s-- t out of us and we didn't need for the freeway to open to traffic before ever trying that stunt again.

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Growing up in the shadow of Jim Town/ Girado Park a geographically isolated section of unincorporated LA County where every street is a dead end, bordered roughly by Orange Dr on the north Ben Alder Ave on the east, Whittier Bl on the south and the 605 Freeway on the west. Jim Town had it's own liquor store mini market and Our Lady Of Guadalupe Roman Catholic church with mass perfomed in Spanish, where as an under aged 17 year old would on occasion buy 6 packs of beer to drink after football season at Dr. Brockman's house, the Brockman's lived at the top of Painter Ave and daughter Margie Brockmam dated Chris McClure RIP a Varsity Football teammate. Chris along with Jim Winters, Jay Gatfield, Jim Duncan, the other Frank Hernandez we had two, not the all around athlete Frank Hernandez RIP, Mike McPherson, Jim Gruenholz RIP, Jim Weston, Dave Moreno and Mike Cervantes, were on the Varsity Football squads 2nd team and kiddingly called our F Troop after the popular tv series. I have nothing but love, respect and admiration for those ten guys! I don't think I could have done what they did and so well for so little reward . Those 10 seniors are a large part of why we had the little success we had, as they showed up ever day for practice, played their guts out, were never injured and Vic Lopez had brutally punishing full contact scrimmages, and drills where forearm shivers to the face and helmet to helmet head smashing and clothes lining were the preferred hitting and tackling techniques of the day, todays coaches even with the rule changes, which now has that type of hitting banned and where a player can be ejected from a game for TARGETING, would not even consider, due to the risk of serious injury .Margie Brockman was a member of the 1968 annual staff and made certain that photos of a party or two made it into the annual. The photos are included in a collage of photos on page 181 Nancy Fahrner is pictured on the top left hand corner of the page. In one of the pics I'm seated with a can of Schlitz on the table in front of me and for some reason look unhappy, which wasn't the case as I fondly remember always having fun especially after downing one or two and engaging myself in philosophical discussion' with Dr. Brockman and Guy Rebentisch. The beer was one of a 6 pack I bought at the Jim Town market on Pioneer Bl, others shown in the photo include Chris McClure, Chris Sherman, Brent Tucker, Greg Haserot, Freddie Padilla, ASB Yell Leader Pecos Pete Mieras, Jerry Renfro, and Ernie Santa Cruz all enjoying a can of the favored beer of the day Colt 45 Malt Liquor. At times I would take El Rancho Don football stars Joey Cabrera RIP and Bill Kleine RIP who was my best friend to those parties, they were both physically very attractive and donned in their gray ER Football letterman jackets had the under class girls, none of who were seniors or that I knew, wide eyed goo gooing in awe. Ironically Dr. Brockman operated LA County's methadone treatment center the 2nd largest heroin recovery clinic in the nation behind NY Cities. Jim Town was home to several very talented athletes all of whom lived on El Rey Dr .including the Jacobo Brothers Cheo and Roy, Ray Lopez and two tremendous baseball pitchers, Willie Lara class of 1966 and Ray Ramirez 1967. All 5 with the exception of Cheo who was severely injured permanently losing the use of his left arm our sophomore year his senior in a JV football game left college behind and two of them gave up possible minor league baseball contracts to immediately upon graduation join the USMC during the height of the Viet Nam war. Both Willie and Ray could throw in the high 80's to low 90's mph which of course is only a guess as it was before the radar gun but facing pitching that fast the two times I did, had me frightened and not thinking of getting a hit only of not getting hit! Several years ago while working on a Transportation project for LA Metro in the city of Whittier, Vic Lopez's youngest son, who I had never previously met, was the city of Whittier employee assigned to work with me. Upon meeting him I told him I went to WHS and played football three seasons for his dad and that I had the added privilege of playing for him and La Serna head coach Harry Robinson in the second annual summer 605 All Star Football game, a game we won 42-6, their only score was a one yard off tackle plunge between Rick Remple and I by punishing and physical running back Randy Tyler Neff high school and 2 A CIF Football Player of the Year, Tyler went to UCLA where injury and the Blair pair James McCallister and Kermit Johnson changed the course of a promising football career, Our Bob Chandler played in the first 605 All Star . The other Bruins that played in the game with and against me were La Serna's Dave Dalby and Downey's Warren HS Terry Vernoy, Dalby RIP became a 12 year starter at center for the Raiders and Vernoy who's father Ray along with Gene Mauch, Bobby Doerr MLB HOF, Nippy Jones and others all played for our Greg Haserot's Grand Uncle, legendary high school baseball coach Les Haserot Sr at LA Fremont HS Les earlier in his career coached Rod Dedeaux at Hollywood High School. Terry Vernoy while a very gifted athlete couldn't get past track and football star Reggie Echols and Ed O'Bannon Sr for much playing time at UCLA. While working with Vic Lopez's son he told me that when first employed by the city of Whittier he was going through some old historical data and documents and to his surprise discovered that at one time Whittier had a Blue Law that prohibited Mexicans from living in the city. I told him I wasn't aware of Whittier having such law, but wasn't completely surprised that while attending Whittier College in 1973 and taking noted author and professor Dr. O'Brien's sociology class learned that at one time the city of Lakewood had a similar law. I then asked him what street in Whittier did Vic grew up on and he said El Rey Dr, the same street name that the 5 guys I mentioned earlier lived on in Jim Town.

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I have been most reluctant to tell this story but hear goes!
The City of Whittier is bounded on the west by unincorporated swaths of LA County, broken up by the 605 freeway, the San Gabriel River and Pico Rivera. Two streets in particular Redman Avenue (the street I lived on) and Deveron Drive to the north are similar as for a block or two both streets separate The City of Whittier from LA County and are both official Whittier City and unincorporated LA County limit lines.

Both City limit line neighborhoods have experienced their share of tragedy, the most publicized were the Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" slaying of the pizzeria owners the Zazarra's after breaking into the couples home on Strong Ave two short blocks from Deveron Dr and murdering them as they slept in bed and Redman Avenue with the slaying of the all night 7/11 clerk located on the corner of Redman Ave and Whittier Blvd. The 7/11 clerk Albert Owens was slain by notorious Crips gang founder and leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams who was later arrested, convicted and executed in San Quentin.
As a youngster growing up on Redman Ave I had three neighbors all in the same block that committed suicide, one a Postal employee who left six school age children without a father. The day of his suicide was a Saturday and my dad was dressed in suit and tie going out the door to attend a funeral when one of the kids in a panic and tears intercepted him as he was about to get into his car, telling him that their dad had fallen in the bathroom and was wedged against the door and they couldn't get it open. My dad rushed over and opened the door to the bathroom where he found the youngest a baby laying atop the dead body playing in blood.and the oldest three years our eldest seeing the same.
The two other suicides involved people who were up in age and I don't recall ever seeing either one, but it's my understanding that all three suffered from debilitating and terminal illness. The second suicide I heard the gun shot that killed him from my bedroom, located in the front of the house, at the time I had no idea what the sound was and paid it no attention, the 3rd I'm unsure of the method but think it may also have been from gun fire as well..
Kenny Root RIP WHS 1968 who lived near by older sister Marilyn was run over and killed by a motorist as she was crossing Hadley walking to WHS.
Years later after I had moved my next door neighbor who was two years younger was brutally murdered by a jealous ex boyfriend and Bill Beggs who lived at the top of Redman Ave and Robbie Liefveld knew and along with Nels Sanburg have written about on this blog. saw his wife die in his arms after choking on a piece of meat as they dined out with friends at the Sizzler on Philadelphia Ave located just above WHS. and the Wanke's who lived on Orange Ave at Redman who had daughters and a son that attended WHS around our time both died after their house caught fire.

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With the Rams back in the LA Coliseum and having last night watched Green Bay beat the 49er's on a game ending field goal, brought back memories of the Rams /Packers game at the end of 1967 our senior year in the Coliseum. Chris Sherman who's dad was then President of the California Country Club was able to get a couple of primo tickets to the Rams /Packers game which Chris and I riding in his Ford Falcon attended. The early December 1967 game matched the number one and two teams in the NFL and resulted in a Sports Illustrated front page full feature story.

With the Rams trailing by 4 with just seconds remaining Chris and I decided to head for the exists to try and beat the crowd, just as we were about to go out the gate, a huge roar erupted from the crowd, Of course on hearing the crowd Chris and I ran as fast as we could back into the stands just as Rams reserve DB Claude Crabbe scooped up Tony Guillory's block pf Packers punter Donny Anderson's punt and returned it to Green Bays 5 yard line. Two downs later Roman Gabriel connected to end Bernie Casey for a 5 yard game ending winning TD pass.

To this day that Rams victory is considered one of the greatest victories in franchise history, made all the more special considering Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi later said In all his years of coaching he'd never lost a game so late in the game or in such a way, and just a couple of weeks later Lombardi saw that same Packers team successfully defend their first Super Bowl Championship win beating rival AFL Oakland Raiders.in Super Bowl II.

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Football an civil disobedience at WHS.
Our senior year my dear friend at the time Chris Sherman who you may recall was an extraordinary potter and artist and very good football player sewed his Football letter on the back of his Levi's jacket and wore it, if not every day, nearly every day to school. Obviously what we thought was different, artistically cool and then hippie like didn't go over very well with teachers and other school administrators. I guess they viewed it as disrespectful to the point of near sacrilege and either permitted him from wearing it, or suspended him for it, but either way they punished him for it up until his very last day of school..

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In Joe Garagiola's 1960 book "Baseball's A Funny Game" he describes the feeling of ecstasy that came over him upon first receiving his hometown St Louis Cardinals baseball uniform jersey He compared the feeling to that of how a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest must feel when during ordination the Bishop hands them their first sacred vestment. That is exactly how I felt our Junior year (11th grade) when Vic Lopez called me up at practice and handed me my first red game Cardinal Varsity football uniform jersey. I remember when he reached out to hand it to me asking him "I made it?" and the look he gave me, as if to say with some surprise" Of Course you made it." I didn't think I was going to make Varsity I was injured with a sprained ankle and unable to practice for a few days, one of the days included the day Lopez handed out our red home jerseys which made it all that extra special to me.
It was a feeling of joy and accomplishment that I'm fortunate to have been able to experience, a positive emotion and rare if ever before feeling of euphoria and some relief, that I hope I will always be grateful for.

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I was told this by Bruce Jorgensen a number of years ago and believe the reason was that I wouldn't keep it a secret.

Of those that attended El Rancho, three during our school days received full athletic football scholarships to UCLA, of the three, including Bruce Jorgensen's younger brother by a year Jeff, Bruce was the only one to last four years in the football program and as a Defensive lineman earn the right to the title "Gritty Little Bruin". Bruce was in his final semester preparing to graduate carrying a full load of 12 units when one day he gets a telephone call from his mother, she called to inform him that he had mail at the house and one of particular interest to her was from The Selective Service Downey Draft Board. Bruce thinking he was fully deferred as up until then he had, asked her to open it, then moments later he hears a gasp at the other end of the line and his mother then say Oh My God no! Bruce you've been drafted, Bruce's immediate reaction was one of shocked disbelief and told her not to worry that it had to be some easily correctible mistake and that he would get it straightened out. Straighten it out he did all right but not until 9-10 months of heavy combat fighting in the jungles of Viet Nam.

Afterwards The Downey Draft Board was successfully sued for flagrantly ignoring deferments and illegally over drafting.and if not for the US Supreme Court suspending the draft in the early 1970's waiting to decide it's constitutionality the Downey Draft Board would have had me.
I got to know Bruce a bit as after he was discharged from the service he moved to Logan Utah where his younger brother by a year Jeff and I were attending, Bruce moved to Logan with fellow El Rancho Don Danny Scott. Danny after two years at Cerritos, some of you may remember then went to SC and was #38 in the same backfield as OJ for two years. Danny's 1966 Smokey Cates coached Cerritos Falcons team went 11-0 and won the California State JC title that year and were considered the number 1 JC team in America. Former Card Marty Babajian played a key role on that team and later ended up at the University of Utah.
Bruce's move to Northern Utah was an attempt to get his mind and life straight after the war figuring he was young enough and even though he thought he'd never be the same or completely escape the horror of the experience, still had a chance at a successful and productive life.
Bruce went into the construction business, married an RN and still resides in Logan.

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When I review my past athletic and other experiences much focuses on those involved.
One Fall Saturday evening in 1969 Freddie Padilla and I are dressed in our Rio Hondo Football game uniforms, together under the El Rancho Football stadium lights, our opponent that night was Myron Tarkanian and Harvey Hyde's Co Head Coached Pasadena City College Lancers. The Lancers through the first four games averaged over 40 points a game and were undefeated, untied and unscored upon. The #1 JC team in the nation was the only team I ever faced before the start of the game, I was intimidated by their appearance, size and maturity. Then on the sideline I glance to my left and Joey Cabrera El Rancho 1968 a running back on that 1969 Rio Hondo team is turned looking up into the stands and he's joking around with my Dad, Reb who's Guy Rebentisch's dad and Mel Kelly who was for two years 1962 & 63 my and Guy's Midget Division Pop Warner Football Coach in Whittier and Mel in 1961 was Joeys Pop Warner coach in Montebello with all 4 laughing together. The PCC front 7 on Defense played like their hair was on fire. Our Roadrunners were at best questionable? You never new which team would show for game time, a season lost for good when six players 5 from St Paul and Mike Haines La Serna HS who at the time was dating our 1968 WHS Homecoming Queen Sue Nowell, were expelled from the team, most of which were the best at their position, and couldn't be adequately replaced, including our QB Greg Lee. Greg's dad was WHS Counselor Pete Lee. Greg later played at Cal Poly SLO and went from QB to MLB and was named to the 1972-73 UP and AP Small College All America Teams at Middle Linebacker. We finished the season with a most disappointing 3 wins 5 loss 1 tie record. Back to that night game at the Ranch, a game that finished tied 13-13 and stunned both teams, and played at full strength, before the expulsion of our Swordsmen 5. + 1. The 13-13 tie shattered their perfect record, the only blemish on thier record finishing 9-0-1 . The reason that PCC squad looked and played different is because they were! The Lancers at regular seasons end ranked # 1 with the automatic right to represent the South against the North for the 1969 California State JC FB Title when almost Immediately after thinking they were in the Title Game were forced to forfeit the season and give way to second place Fullerton JC for the right they thought they earned to represent the South, a Championship game Fullerton lost to Fresno CC. The issues that caused the Lancers to forfeit the season were eligibility violations involving a number of players. A player or two had already played D1 and one who played two years of JC with no eligibility left on the books and several who played professionally in Honolulu with the Honolulu Bears and Cardinals.
The Honolulu Pro Football league had a lengthy relationship with PCC and as early as 1936 the Honolulu Bears Football Club signed Pasadena's Jackie Robinson to his first pro contract. Jackie never played. And the contrast of PCC Co Head coaches, Myron Tarkanian (Jerry's younger brother.) Myron early in his teaching and coaching career was Frank Zappa's teacher and coach at Antelope Valley HS and the other coach Harvey Hyde who later would Head Coach Shug Knight at UNLV and win a California Bowl or two with the Rebels. Shug is Rap Mogul "Death Row Records" Straight Out Of Compton founder and owner.. Contrast that with our head coach James "Red" Williams. Red was a LAUSD University HS Graduate a school in west LA . Red in 1951 took the Head Football Coaching position at LA Mt Carmel HS a Catholic all boys high school in South Central LA, located at Vermont Av near Florence Ave and now long gone. Red was a tremendous organizer and preached the importance of body building with weights, at a time when weight training was Taboo for most athletes, perfect position technique, blocking and tackling and preparation. At Mt Carmel. Red attracted some of Southern California' s top athletes,, including The McKeever twins Mike USC and NFL Draft and Marlin USC NFL Rams and Vikes, and UCLA and NFL's 49er and Rams Kermit Alexander and USC QB Al Prukop, Al was the last to Head Coach a Roadrunner team . Later Red would help coach the Diablos with legendary Head Coach Homer Beatty at Cal State LA to a couple of Camelia Bowl Games. At Cal State LA Red mentored Walter Johnson Cleveland Browns All Pro and Pro Bowl DT And what happened to Red's Diablos DE "Hell On Wheels". Don Davis's career? Davis was 6'6' 290 4.7 40 and In 1966 was destined for super stardom, the SD Chargers round 1 pick in the 1966 Draft and signed by the NY Giants. Was he Injured? Red's 1969 Rio Hondo team would be his first and last and a year later Red was back at Cal State LA as their Head coach. At the time water was considered dangerous, the popular myth sold to football coaches when I played was water would give you cramps and make you sick to your stomach and especially was to be avoided when overheated, the complete opposite of what's true. On the other hand the Cigarette industry through Commercial Advertisement promoted the heath benefits and other virtues of cigarette smoking with full page magazine and billboard ad's featuring famous Physicians. MD's, actors, actresses and sport stars telling of the wonders derived from cigarette smoking . Red was a three pack a day Pall Mall Red smoker and smoked at practices and on the sideline of games In the 1970's with Red back Coaching at LA State and making a fortune during the off season selling coaching clinics, collapsed from a massive coronary and died.
Red and I have another unknown connection when at age 8 or 9 years old, living on 59th St near Vermont/Slauson Av in South Central LA, I would on occasion ride my bike to Mt Carmel HS located on 69th St at Vermont Av and try to play basketball on their boys gym basketball court. At the time Red was their Football coach and obviously had no idea of who each other were and our move to Whittier Jan 1 1960 took me a to a completely different world. In 1965 during the Watts riots the shopping corridor on Vermont Ave from Florence Ave/70th St to Vermont Av at Slauson/ 58th st. suffered extensive store burning, lootings and shootings. The LA Times has many photos of the burning and looting of those properties, some of the worst damage and violence that occurred during the 1965 rioting. To think a decade later Red and I would be in Whittier a World away from South Central LA , made even stranger by the fact, both of us ended up at Rio Hondo as a fluke, a school where we spent a year together, because we had no place else to go.

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My first Utah State roommates Bain Brick and Steve Sutton were both CIF SS Record setting 5 Star athletes. Bain named 1967 CIF SS 3 A Football Player of the Year. Once after bringing up winning the Player of the Year award Bain replied "Yeah but shouldn't have, Steve, referring to our other roommate Steve Sutton should have". Bain to this day holds the CIF SS 3 A Playoff single game record for catches15 and TD's with 4. Steve Sutton Excelsior HS Norwalk, Ca, 1968, Excelsior is where Pat Nixon attended HS. Steve's leap competing in the 1968 CIF SS T&F Long Jump Finals at Cerritos JC 25'5.3/4" continues to this day to be the record Long Jump in a CIF Finals. I might add there's only a handful of 25' long jumpers in CIF Track and Field history with former Major League Baseball All Star and father of record HR slugger Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds being the first in CIF to leap 25' or better, Bobby's 25'.4" jump in the 1964 California State T&F Finals while at Riverside Poly High made him the first 25 footer in CIF History
Bain attended Mayfair HS in Lakewood, Ca where he played football for WHS Alum Don Ashton, Don lived in Whittier with son's that attended WHS and played football, with the added coincidence of Ashton coaching my cousins in high school football. Bain with La Serna's Dave Dalby were named to the 1968 North South All Star Shrine Football Game squad played in the summer of 1968 at night in the LA Coliseum. George Buehler in 1965 might be the last Card selected to a Shrine Team. Then "The Shrine Game" was the nations most prestigious High School All Star Football Game. Bain was tall dark and handsome 6'2" 190 Lbs. with a great sense of humor, smart. with circus freak flexibility, able to cross his legs behind his head. The summer before the1970 season, my redshirt sophomore year, LB State University was host to the NCAA Football player only 7 on 7 pick up game practice sessions, Bain and Bob Chandler were the Receivers, Dennis Dummitt UCLA was the Quarterback. The Running backs included Leon Burns,Terry Metcalf, Eddie Giles and Clarence Davis, Greg Slough USC and Raiders at LB with Wendell Brooks at one corner and me at Strong Safety. Wendell, Bain , Eddie Giles and I were Utah State Teammates. When asked how I would compare Bain and Bob Chandler as they played the same position, II would tell them, "One difference is after a hot sweaty workout, Bob would look for water and Bain a lighter." Bain lasted one game in 1970 our first, the game was played in Manhattan Kansas versus the Kansas State Wildcats. Bain had a great game scorching their All America and future NFL Cleveland Browns All Pro Cornerback Clarence Scott, Bain just as he did the season before at Cerritos in our Rio Hondo game when he lit up Dave Lawson who was a 1st Team All Southern California Conference JC Cornerback for 11 catches and two td's tossed to him by another tragic figure, QB Mike Ernst. Ernst attended St John Bosco HS 1968, Cerritos JC, CSU Fullerton 1972' then a Cup of Coffee with the Cincinatti Bengals and the WFL at QB. Mike was brutally murdered 30 or so years ago, a murder that remains a cold case unsolved . I have the Cerritos vs Rio Hondo football game film from that 1969 season. Dave Lawson would later find great success at Cal making PAC 8 All Conference at Cornerback at Berkeley. Bain's size, speed. quickness and flexibility with hands and moves to match made him unstoppable one on one. One day in practice four weeks after the start of the season Bain reinjures his back and shoulder and left Cache Valley for Dairy Valley and went back home to Lakewood,Ca and never played a single down of College football again. In 1971 Bain practicing with the LA Mustangs in the Continental Football League a Pro League, destroyed his ankle and never played football again. The Mustangs practiced at St Andrews Park in South Central LA on Manchester near Western Ave. I know, I worked out with them for a couple of weeks in 1973. St Andrews Park Rec Center is where NFL HOF'er, coach and broadcast announcer James Lofton's older brother Michael,some years back,was found dead. Michael was a tremendous athlete but suffered from mental illness and drug addiction and was homeless. The park Director allowed Michael to sleep at night on one of the Parks Ping Pong Tables where one morning found him brutally bludgeoned to death. Bain followed in his fathers footsteps and became a meat cutter and by the mid to late 1970's was Managing the Meat Dept at the Lucky's Market on 4h st, and Orizaba in Belmont Heights Long Beach, its now a Ralphs. Bain is no longer with us, some years ago he was found dead on the street homeless in Honolulu.
Steve after waiting two and a half years to play after first having played Frosh Football at USC and Long Jumping on the T&F Team where Trojans NCAA Title winning Head coach Verne Wolfe would scold him for jumping to high, telling him " Steve If only I could convince you to jump out and not up so high you will be a 26 plus Long Jumper. Some years later Steve from time to time would be poked kiddingly with comments like "Bruce Jenner has your Olympic Gold Medal." Who knows they might be right, as of the two Jenner or Steve, Steve was superior to Jenner in many events including the LJ, SP,100meters, and hurdles. Steve is the only athlete in CIF T&F History to win both a CIF SS T&F Championship in the B Shot Put in 1966 and in 1968 the Varsity Long Jump . Bob Chandler in 1965 won the CIF SS Final in the B Shotput but never won a Varsity T&F Final in any event including the Long Jump. Steve dropped out of USC after his freshman year for personal reasons, then in the fall of 1969 Steve found himself at Cerritos JC, and named the Falcons starter at Tailback when during a pre season Football Scrimmage game against Santa Barbara City College Bob "Big Boy" Pointer the heaviest player in CIF history at 460 LBS when he was in High School two years earlier at Santa Barbara HS, rolled up on Steve's ankle on a running play up the middle and even after losing over 100 lbs after High School for medical clearance to play at Santa Barbara CC "Big Boy" broke Steve's ankle and Steve was lost for the season . In the middle of the 1971 season Steve now at Utah State runs out OF patience waiting to play and in spite of having three years of eligibility left, Steve couldn't wait any longer after having the rug pulled out from under him, when told he had to serve a four game suspension at the start of the 1971 season but could practice with the team, then after serving the four game suspension was told during the week by coaches he would start at tailback in game 5 against BYU, a home game our biggest of the year, then minutes before going onto the field before the start of the game our Head Coach Chuck Mills breaks the sad news. tells Steve .That "I'm sorry but you aren't eligible, but you know you have another three years of Athletic eligibility left to play. Steve shortly after came close to falling into some potentially serious legal trouble and after finishing the 1971-72 regular school year was back in Norwalk, Ca where got caught up again. Steve with three years of NCAA DI athletic eligibility never played College Football again. Steve struggled at first, then in his mid 20's became a licensed plumbing contractor and died shortly after his wife's death about six years ago while still living in Norwalk.
Todays LA Times features a Front page article on USC's first black tailback CR Roberts who in 1956 became the first African American to play in Texas's Longhorns Stadium against the U of Texas is of historic interest . CR got me to thinking if things had been different and Steve hadn't suffered the tragic circumstance of injury and from his pregnant girl friend's father, living in Norwalk's poorest neighborhood" The One Way"s in a drunken rage after learning of her pregnancy, beat her nearly to death, causing her to miscarriage with Steve falling into a deep state of clinical depression over the incident, worsened by his parents reaction to the girlfriend and him dropping out of USC Who knows but like CR Roberts who was SC's first black tailback, Steve might have been the last Caucasian to play tailback for the Trojans and in 1970 Steve not Clarence Davis in the backfield that opening night rushing for 165 yards in Alabama against the Crimson Tide It would be another two years before his father would speak to him
Todays LA Times Sports section reports that former Long Beach Poly 4 Star recruit and Oregon wide receiver Jalen Hall got caught up and was prosecuted and charged with Burglary, Robbery and Kidnapping in connection with an alleged home invasion in Norwalk, Ca
"Of all the words of tongue or pen the saddest are "What might have been." John Greenleaf Whittier.

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