Image via WikipediaListen to Roger Lodge and Coach John Wooden
By Randy Economy
June 5, 2010
Tonight, the world is remembering the life and legacy of UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden, who passed away tonight at the age of 99.
The passing of Coach Wooden is like having a grandfather or favorite uncle die.
Everyone loved Coach Wooden, and he touched millions upon millions of people all over the world and here in his adopted "hometown" of Los Angeles.
I was born into the "UCLA" way of life here in Southern California. Yep. You are either a Bruin or a USC Trojan here in LA. My late father Dick Economy said I was going to have to be a "Bruin Fan" as early as I could walk. I choose wisely. I bleed Bruin baby blue.
One of the last great interviews given by Coach Wooden, just a couple of years ago, was conducted by my longtime childhood friend Roger Lodge.
Roger Lodge, as many of you know, is the host of the wildly popular "Sports Lodge" heard throughout Southern California on AM830 and on KTLA Morning News each and every weekday morning.
(BTW....Roger was one of my best pals when we both attended and graduated from Cerritos High School in the Class of 1978. Opps. Sorry Rog. I hope I didn't blow your cover....lol. Anyway...GREAT INTERVIEW by Roger!)
Enjoy the wonderment of this amazing man. Celebrate his life!