“Building Dreams, Friends and Memories” is the theme of the Rose Parade for 2011.
Congratulations to CPompe1 (Carol) for knowing that trivia in my prior post: What do Gregory Peck, Lorne Greene, Arnold Palmer, Dr. William H. Pickering, E.L. Bob Barlett and Earl Warren have in common?
They all served as GMs (Grand Marshals) of the Rose Parade. The years in order of names above: 1988, 1981, 1965, 1963, 1959 and 1955. Those are the years the Dodgers won the World Series.
Paula Deen was named the Grand Marshal for 2011 ya’ll I wonder if she was the first choice.
From the www.examiner.com:
Peck wasn’t the first choice, but he was a terrific one. The first choice that year, was Walter Cronkite. Perfect, but Cronkite had a previous engagement. The second, unnamed choice, bowed out at the last minute, just the before the programs went to press.
Despite being third in line, Peck was one of the most enthusiastic Grand Marshals ever. He had been attending Rose Parades with his father since he was a boy, and was thrilled to be riding along Colorado Blvd. in a vintage car. He pulled some strings and got on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the first Grand Marshal to appear in that bastion of late-night celebrities.
Baseball players as GMs:
1999 Jackie Robinson (posthumously)
1975 Henry L. “Hank” Aaron.
Anyone seen the add on the internet for the ’67 Rose parade hosted by Vin Scully with Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched?
For a list of other Rose Parade grand marshals go to http://www.tournamentofroses.com/the-rose-parade/history/grand-marshals
Here is to building dreams, friendship and memories!
I have a special guest writing this entry. This is my good friend Erik. I have mentioned him on numerous occasions. Here is a picture when we went to the premiere of the Bluetopia movie: ::sniff:: thank you my friend!
Metro Bus #4, Next Stop, Opening Day 2010
On July 26, 2006, after a game, I was waiting for Metro Bus #4, and I ended-up at Dodgers Opening Day 2010. Yeah, I went that far, but not before stopping at the 2009 NLDS and NLCS, several stops in Arizona, Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, and the telephone booth in Frisco (AT&T Park, I love calling it Frisco ’cause I know they hate it). That day I was waiting for the bus, I met LuvtheDodgers23. It’s really funny how she and I met, we started talking and she recognized me from the Dodgers Forum based on things I said to hear about one of my favorite players, Andre Ethier. Later in the next season, waiting at the same bus stop, I met CrzBlue and her brother, Brother Vic. It turned out that CrzBlue and Brother Vic know Luvthe Dodgers23, as they each have season seats in the Top Deck. I’m glad I take the bus because it’s an experience that’s allowed me meet 3 really special people, and with them, I’ve been on many an adventure.
The first road-trip I ever went on with CrzBlue was to see the Dodgers on September 8 in Frisco. CrzBlue, Brother Vic, and I took Mega Bus, we left L.A. at 11:30pm on Friday and got to Frisco at about 5:30am on Saturday. I don’t think we slept more than 15 minutes the whole way. David Wells pitched for the Dodgers, he pushed a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings. Way to shut those jints down Boomer! His performance and the Dodgers’ win had me and CrzBlue singing “I Love L.A.” at the phone booth–T’was great. It was exciting, it was uncomfortable, it is unforgettable!
CrzBlue, LuvtheDodgers23, and me zooming down I-10 at 95 MPH–is there anything more natural than that? There was one trip to Az when it wasn’t just the three of us. At the end of August 2008, when it looked like the Dodgers’ playoff hopes were dwindling, CrzBlue, LuvtheDodgers23, Brother Vic and I decided to make the trip to Az and take the Dodgers some of our good luck. That was such an amazing trip, with 3 amazing people, to see an amazing team. Sure enough, the Dodgers went on a surge once we got there. I’m glad LuvtheDodgers23 didn’t run over Brother Vic in front of my house.
And then there’s me and CrzBlue in Colorado. Best road-trip ever! Lost luggage, freezing cold, no jackets, hot chocolate, more hot chocolate, singing to Loney, and, of course, saying I love you to that special man…And yes, CrzBlue brought a towel.
I have been unemployed since June 15, 2009. When the playoffs rolled around this last October, I never would’ve imagined I’d get to the games, but I did, many thanks to LuvtheDodgers23 for that. I’ve been a Season Ticket Holder since July 2006, but this year, being without a job, I haven’t been able to renew. Thanks to CrzBlue, I get to go to Opening Day 2010, and, oh boy, with G-d’s will, CrzBlue and I are going to have fun!
You know, these are 3 really special people in my life, I hope you have special people in your life, too. In addition to what I’ve mentioned, we’ve done many other fun things together…Dodgers 2008 Caravan at Panda Inn (Let’s go Dodgers! I got a shower & couldn’t eat my food), RBI Dinner 2008 (Don’t look at us like that!), Anaheim 2008 (We don’t pay $8 for parking, we pay $10. Come on, we are Dodgers fans!), and AZ Trip #1 (We’re still waiting for Monday.)
There’s been too many adventures to count, so I’ll just count on them and the Dodgers to make the 2010 Season memorable. They say that L.A. public transportation is very unreliable, but, in my case, I found something very reliable–friendship. If my story/post has a message, it has to be as follows: Ride the bus, make some friends, go places, and for Gawd’s sake, LOVE THE DODGERS.
“If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” -Ecclesiates 4:10
Entry by Erik