You mentioned earlier that probably the Rose Bowl was the thing that is most memorable to you.
The Rose Bowl has a certain mystique about it. You know when you step on there the adrenaline just works up to a pitch that you can’t wait for the game to start. I know we went to practice the day before the Rose Bowl game and, my gosh, you could feel the adrenaline pumping, and, you know, you just can’t wait for the game to start. And as I said earlier, I really got my money’s worth. I played 58 minutes of that game, which was great. Actually, if they said sleep here tonight, I would have, because you don’t get that opportunity to play in a Rose Bowl game but once in a lifetime and that was the making of my career really playing in the Rose Bowl.
Talk about the festivities, all the things that when on when you were out there.
Yes, Paramount had a luncheon for us. They had all the movie starlets, and I sat between Barbara Britton and Susan Hayward, the two stars.
Not a bad seat.
All the athletes sat between a movie star, which was great, you know, and Bob Hope was there and Ginger Rogers was there, Susan Hayward, Barbara Britton; all the stars that belonged to Paramount were there, and they really put on a good show for us. After the game we were entertained at Earl Carroll’s, which featured the most beautiful women in the world where they put on a show for us and everything like that, so we were entertained. We stayed out there three days after the game and then the stars invited us to their places. I am trying to think of the Georgia girl that invited us over. Five of us went over …
No, no, she used to do a soap commercial. I can’t think of her name right now. But we went to her place. She had a nice swimming pool there, and we had lunch there with them. It was just fabulous, you know. I didn’t think life could be that good.
Quite an experience.