I was one of the first students to attend elementary school (Garfield), junior high (Washington), high school (Poly), community college (LBCC) and college (LBSC). All of this without benefit of student loans or scholarships-and with thanks to the taxpayers of Long Beach. We were true pioneers at LBSC in 1950. Our classrooms were in two-story apartment buildings in Park Estates. Later, we moved the present lower campus.
I worked 40 hours a week at the Long Beach Independent, Press –Telegram throughout my four years of college so I had little time for school activities, but I did play on LBSC’s first-ever basketball and golf teams. Our basketball team was NOT talented, winning only one or two games. However, Coach Herman Schwarzkopf made it fun.
Professor Yale Lorden and Mike Garver were inspirational and gung-ho motivators. Toughest class was music because I am cursed with a “tin ear.”
One of the great honors of my life was being named “outstanding alumnus” in 1971.
I am retired after 33 years as an executive in the National Football League. I worked 21 years for the San Diego Chargers and two seasons as Chief Executive Officer of the Barcelona (Spain) Dragons. Prior to working in football I worked for 10 years at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. I had two years of army services in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Japan.
You are privileged to attend one of the finest schools in the nation-make the most of it.