Thomas Kelso

Profile Updated: October 17, 2019
Residing In: Alta Loma, CA USA
Children: Kelly
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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.

School Story:

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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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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