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Friday, June 04, 2010

Los Angeles Civic Icon John Wooden dead at 99

"Wizard of Westwood", October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010
Please pardon this brief break from our political pursuits, to honor the life of a Los Angeles civic icon, former UCLA Basketball Coach, teacher, and man of character, John Wooden, who died this evening of natural cause at the Ronald Reagan/ UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.
Wooden, who's legend on the basketball court, is surpassed by his success, as an "mentor of character". The lifes skills that Wooden taught and were the basis for his "Pyramid of Sucess", grew out of his father Joshua's "Seven Point Creed", which we highlight below.
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Make each day your masterpiece.
3. Help others.
4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
5. Make friendship a fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
Truly, we were bless as a city to have John Wooden, as a civic role model and facilitator.
Our prayers and thanks to the Wooden Family, for his positive contributions to our civic character.
Your thoughts...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14



Anonymous Anonymous said:

I bet it is all Mike Gatto's fault.

He obviously conspired with Chahe to croak Wooden.

June 04, 2010 10:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great man, he will be missed.

10:57 your a classless idiot.

June 05, 2010 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:17, I think you mean "YOU'RE" a classless idiot, not "YOUR."

As for Mr. Wooden, he was apparently an elegant person; I met him at a corporate event about 10 years ago.

I'm sure that if another coach had a URL, and he saw that he could have bought it, he wouldn't have. Or if he did buy it, and promised to give it to the rightful possessor of it, he would honor his word, unlike PHIL JENNERJAHN.

If Wooden ran for Congress,he'd have won in a landslide. It would be doubtful that anyone would vote for any other candidate. In PHIL JENNERJAHN'S case, Phil will receive less than 15 votes on Tuesday.

June 05, 2010 3:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Truly, we were bless"

Come on, Red Spot! This is supposed to be a solmen write up. Why can't you put in the slightest effort to get it right?????????

You osked me thought, zo I gived it

June 05, 2010 3:48 AM  

Blogger K said:

Class act. Need more like him.

June 05, 2010 6:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can anyone name any elected official who can genuinely claim to adhere to even one of father Joshua's "Seven Point Creeds?"

Success in city politics seems to fester and grow on doing the precise opposite.

Imagine what it would be like to have a Mayor John Wooden, instead of a cheating lying ignorant former gang banger who steals names to make himself sound better. What have we come to.

June 05, 2010 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn would never survive on a Wooden team, even if he had talent.

That's because Wooden required CHARACTER, and Phil is nothing but a liar, manipulator, conniver and self-dealer.

RIP John
Fuck you, Phil

June 05, 2010 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Please know that Coach Wooden detested the nickname "The Wizard of Westwood" Aside from that it was a nice tribute, short and sweet.

June 05, 2010 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot,

As likable as Wooden was, he was NOT a "civic" icon.

His iconic status was for his work as a basketball coach.

Ronald Reagan was a civic icon, because he was famous across all sorts of communities. Presidents are iconic.

But Wooden is not iconic for the non-basketball things he did. The advice he developed was good, but he is hardly well known for those things.

But I never expect you to get it right. So let me repeat. Wooden was ICONIC in the world of basketball. But beyond basketball, he was just a nice, thoughful man. Wooden was NOT iconic on a broader basis.


June 05, 2010 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A great man
But not a civic icon.

In Los Angeles, Tom Bradley was a civic icon. Riordan wasn't. Villaraigosa isn't. Wooden isn't. Wooden is an icon in basketball or sports in general. But he's not a civic icon.

June 05, 2010 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone care to guess how many, or how few, votes, PHIL JENNERJAHN will get on Tuesday?

I can't imagine anyone voting for him, so my guess is that he and maybe 5 other people who he knows, will go drinking the night before and buy his bullshit, and vote for him.

So out of the 1.2 million voters in this Congressional district, Phil Jennerjahn will get approximately 5 votes.

Does anyone else have some other theories?

June 05, 2010 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can do without his religious dogma. No offense to fans of his, but not everyone believes in Mr. Wooden's God, and some don't believe, or doubt the existence of any.

This "force feeding" of religion by such a major presence on the UCLA campus is regrettable. Still, it's sad when any decent human passes. But his dogmatic ways are bothersome.

June 05, 2010 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, 237! Society is too afraid to say that Wooden's dogma was just that! An imposition by a powerful man upon people who don't want to hear it.

Thank you for making this point!

June 05, 2010 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn is gonna get BEAT BADLY on Tuesday.

That's my thought, since you kindly asked.

June 05, 2010 3:01 PM  

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