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Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 2015

Photos by Earl Heath

L to R New Rose Bowl inductees Dick Vermiel UCLA, Knute Rockne lll (Notre Dame) Kijana Carter (Penn State)as  M-Cee Harvey Hyde looks on.

L to R New Rose Bowl inductees Dick Vermiel UCLA, Knute Rockne lll (Notre Dame) Kijana Carter (Penn State)as
M-Cee Harvey Hyde looks on.

Larry Mellon (L)  and Ki-jana Carter new Hall of Famer share a moment

Larry Mellon (L) and Ki-jana Carter new Hall of Famer share a moment

The 126th Tournament of Roses –Was Truly “Inspiring”

Love Boat cast in front of Princess Cruises Float  (L to R)  Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher),Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie),Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing),Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac) Jill Whelan (Captain's daughter Vicki), Bernie Kopell (Doc),

Love Boat cast in front of Princess Cruises Float (L to R)
Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher),Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie),Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing),Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac)
Jill Whelan (Captain’s daughter Vicki), Bernie Kopell (Doc),

By Earl Heath
Rose Bowl Queen Madison Triplett with U of  Oregon President Scott Coltrane and wife

Rose Bowl Queen Madison Triplett with U of Oregon President Scott Coltrane and wife

Its been an annual event for well over a century and the 2015 Tournament of Roses didn’t disappoint. The theme “Inspiring Stories was named in honor of  one of America’s war hero’s of WWII Louis Zamperini. Seven years ago Rose Bowl 2015 President Richard Chenin read the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of USC Graduate and Olympian in the 1936 games became an air bombardier.

Zamperini spent two years as a POW in Japan after his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean. He and a crew-mate survived for 47 days in shark infested waters before being captured by the Japanese. After a family discussion, the theme “Inspiring Stories” was born.
“We thought the story was so inspirational,” said Cheinn.  “It was a family idea”.

Luke Zampeerini speaks at Kick-off Luncheon

Luke Zampeerini speaks at Kick-off Luncheon

Zamperini passed away last July two months after being named Grand Marshal. He was represented by his family during the parade. “The Love Boat” cast reunited to celebrate Princess Cruises 50th anniversary by appearing on a float at the Rose Bowl Parade. The Love Boat cast, including Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Chief Purser Gopher), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Captain’s daughter Vicki), recently named Regal Princess, having served as the ship’s godparents before the cruise ship’s maiden Caribbean season and their appearance in the New Year’s Day parade. Ted Lange is still as sharp as ever. The show ran for ten years and has a place in everyone’s heart. “It was about romance every week ,“ said Lange. That’s the one thing that’s in a lot of people lives tuned in because the show gave them a feeling .”
“Since the theme of this year’s Rose Parade was ‘Inspiring Stories,’ we thought it was the perfect opportunity to launch our 50th anniversary year celebrations,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “For the last five decades our guests have been sailing with us to amazing places and they’ve returned with inspiring memories that have lasted a lifetime, and we want to celebrate this throughout our golden anniversary year.”
The Princess Cruises float measured 60 feet long and 24 feet high with more than 24,000 flowers and natural materials. Flowers included roses, orchids and carnations, dendrobs, tulips, cymbidiums, delphiniums and gerbera daisies.
The Donate to Life Parade float represents thousands around the world. In their passing deceased donors open up a whole new world of health, sight  and mobility to people in need.  John Brockington won the National Championship in the 1968 Rose Bowl while playing for Ohio State. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers.  He moved to San Diego and befriended long time Packer fan Diane Scott. He suffered kidney failure in 2000. In 2001 she donated her kidney to John they later married. In the Parade John rode the Float  and Dianne was one of  30 donors to walk along side the Donate to Life float .
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 126th Rose Parade was presented by Honda.
Lisa Brighton of Washington DC. put finishing touches on Donate to Life Float

Lisa Brighton of Washington DC. put finishing touches on Donate to Life Float

Rose Bowl champions Oregon Ducks  (L-R) Tony Washington, Keanon Lowe, Erick Dargan,  Head Coach  Mark Helfrich  Jake Fisher, Derrick Malone

Rose Bowl champions Oregon Ducks
(L-R) Tony Washington, Keanon Lowe, Erick Dargan, Head Coach Mark Helfrich Jake Fisher, Derrick Malone

 

4th Annual Educators Prayer Breakfast

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The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Rho Chapter, held its 4th Annual Educators Prayer Breakfast in December 2014.  This year’s honorees are Gloria Macias-Harrison, San Bernardino Community College board member and Dr. Gloria Fisher, newly appointed president.  Mr Ted Alejandre, newly elected County Superintendent, was the keynote speaker.

This sorority of educators was chartered in 1982 and is proud of its many contributions to the community.  Not only do we recognize contributors to education, but also provide scholarships to graduating seniors, partner with San Bernardino Valley College and host an annual Teach-A-Rama, and sponsor a Black History Bee for all students in grades 3-8 each year.

For additional information, please visit our web site at: www.pdkdeltarho.org and/or e-mail us at jep431@yahoo.com.