Would you believe the Cotton Bowl says all tickets have been sold? However, there are a lot of tickets available on the secondary market.
- Caleb Williams was the winner of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award on Thursday night. The award is one of the oldest and best because it also includes the Camp All-American banquet held March 11 in New Haven, Conn.
- Former USC QB Max Browne and current USC QB Miller Moss will take photos and sign autographs from 12-1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ralphs market at 2600 S. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles.
- And now for some history:
This is the USC band in 1937-38. As you can see, it featured two drum majorettes (front row). I wonder if that means the first female drum major didn’t actually happen in 2019?
One of the majorettes was Marjorie Woodworth. While she was at USC, she was “discovered” by a talent scout at an amateur theater production. This led to a contract with Hal Roach Studios and lead roles in the movies, “Broadway Limited” (1941) and “Niagara Falls” (1941).
She also had a supporting part in the film noir classic “Decoy” (1946).
Despite the early promise, stardom never came for Woodworth despite ad campaigns and promotions.
She married her college sweetheart from USC and retired as an actress in 1947. Her father, Clyde Woodworth, attended USC Law School and was city attorney of Inglewood and Manhattan Beach. This elementary school in Inglewood is named after him. There is also a street in Inglewood named Woodworth Ave.
Sometimes, there are USC connections right in front of us and we don’t even realize it.
If USC really wants to get to the College Football Playoff, it needs linemen like Anthony Munoz (shown in the 1980 Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State).
And safeties like Ronnie Lott (42), Dennis Smith (49). Or corners like Larry Braziel (47). All shown in the 1979 Rose Bowl.
- Here’s a nice, clear USC-UCLA photo from the 1950’s.
- This is a 1960 copy of the Daily Bruin the day before the USC/UCLA game, asking USC to take it easy on Bruin quarterback Billy Kilmer the next day. Kilmer ended up completing 4 of 18 passes.
- Last week I called the 1960 USC football team the happiest in school history juding from all the pictures of smiling players. Here’s another example as smiling co-captains Mike McKeever and George Van Vliet stand with John McKay and athletic director Jess Hill before boarding a Western Airlines jet for Columbus, Ohio, to play Ohio State.
- Student body elections used to be a huge deal at USC as these banners on the Student Union building in 1961 illustrate. You can see a banner for future Los Angeles district attorney Gil Garcetti. He was elected USC student president.
About two months after he won the Heisman Trophy, Charles White won the 1980 version of “Superstars” in the Bahamas. White narrowly edged New England Patriots tight end Russ Francis (right) by 1.75 points. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Phil Garner (left) was third. That’s Dick Button with the microphone.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
- Why do even simple businesses from the past have such nicer looking buildings than today? This is the Specification Motoroil System service station at Washington Blvd. and 8th Avenue in Los Angeles.
The station offered 56 individual spigots of oil, each labeled with a different make or variation of car. Specification believed auto manufacturers should set the oil specifications required to get the best performance out of their particular engines.