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John Wooden

I saw this blurb in the Times tonight.  It made me wonder about your opinions of him.

For me, I grew up loving UCLA basketball.   I'm not a bandwagon type either because if the Huskies aren't playing, I'm cheering for UCLA.  I've heard stories about how he assembled his teams but I don't know what's true and what's not.  That, and the old days were a lot different than they are now for all teams.

I think my most significant memory is when I was supposed to be learning how to play steel guitar from my grandmother.  She was good, but I couldn't take my eyes off the Notre Dame/UCLA game that, I think ended their streak.  It showed me how much could be done in a very short time, that's for sure.  I went on to play the trombone and when I could get drunk enough, scream Ted Nugent  and AC/DC lyrics, so my musical career wasn't a total waste.

What I admire most is the way he's carried himself after he retired.  A very classy guy.

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