Thank you to all who Zoomed in to hear Dan Taylor discuss his newest book, “The Untold Journey of Pioneer Kenny Washington”. It was a fabulous presentation about a UCLA alumnus that before today many of us had never heard of. First though, Dan is an award winning tv sportscaster and the author of five books. In discussing Kenny Washington, Dan believes Kenny put UCLA on the map and front and center in the public eye. Kenny was a UCLA football player in 1939 when UCLA was first ranked nationally in the top 10 football teams and had their first undefeated season. Kenny won the Fairbanks Award (before the Heisman was around) that year voted on by all college football players. He was also the first ever player to have his #13 jersey retired at UCLA. He is in the college football Hall of Fame. He played professionally for three seasons with the Rams and still holds the longest run from scrimmage for a touchdown in the league. Kenny also played baseball with Jackie Robinson at UCLA and was the first African American all-league shortstop. Kenny appeared in three movies, one having an interracial scene, the first of its kind in cinema.
Kenny Washington’s story is fascinating, true, and worth reading all about. He broke many color barriers in sports and cinema and is a sports legend.
Thank you to Nanci Cohen for leading the pledge today, PP Chris Bradford’s “thoughts for the Day” that reminded us of John Wooden’s wisdom, and, PP Ed Gauld wearing his traditional hat, for singing “The Happy Wanderer” for us.
PP Chris spoke about the Celebration of Life he recently attended for PDG and WVRC President Bill Goodwyn, who he has known since 1985. He told us Judi was doing her best under the circumstances and is surrounded by loving friends. He reminded us all how Bill’s passions were Judi, church, and Rotary. He ended by telling us the WVRC would be donating in Bill’s honor to their San Antonio Church. RIP PDG Bill!