I want you know how much I enjoyed the Cal Western Football Reunion. Over a week has past and I am still smiling over the event. The hospitality shown by everyone was sincerely appreciated. I am keeping the autographed football in a place of honor in my home. A special thanks for scholarshiping my wife and I for the banquet and our hotel room.
It was surreal being around people that I have not seen or had little contact with for over forty years. Although I have not met John Faires prior to the Reunion, I came away totally impressed with his organizational abilities and his energy. I can the say the same thing about the other members of the committee. The feeling of the Westerners toward one another was both remarkable and wonderful. I am impressed with the follow up enthusiasm of those who attended. I love reading all the E-mails. What a great idea of developing a Cal Western Football web site.
I will do my best to try and contact with you in the future. Marshall Cochrane, TE in 1996 who did not attend reunion, started me on Facebook about 3 months ago. Although I am not completely sure how to use it I will try to figure it out and use it to keep better contact with you.
My Cal Western experience was memorable and important for my development as well as the development of some of you. I had never been around a small private college prior to my arrival at CWU. I found an unique success oriented student body which the football team was part of. I recall the variety of business enterprises that ran out of the dorms all the way from light shows to laundry services. I have memories of big football wins over Cal Poly (SLO) and Cal Lutheran. I recall having the New Orleans Saints having their first summer training camps on our campus. On their first away game they forgot to hire a bus to take them the airport and we had to use our players to shuttle them to the airport. I remember several of the pro’s, dressed in suits, were sitting in the trunks of cars as we drove them to the airport. I recall speaking at weekly press conferences and the new San Diego Stadium along with Sid Gilman of the Chargers and Don Coryell of San Diego State. Most important I remember a small group of highly motivated young men who loved playing football.
It was especially meaningful to share the evening with Marv Braden. When I left CWU it was great to know that the team was left in very good hands with Marv & Lou. Upon my leaving the college, I did my best to give them the best orientation I could coming into the program. I am both proud and pleased of their success
‘IT IS GREAT TO ALIVE & TO BE A WESTERNER”
Note: For my 18 years as head coach at Santa Barbara City College ( & afterwards) we ran the same base defense that we ran CWU. We called it CAL.
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