Your assignment of Deborah Hastings to cover the Tournament of Roses Royal Court preparing for the parade was an excellent idea. However, after I read the article that Ms. Hastings wrote, it appeared that she did not do her homework on the Royal Court. The article, "Regal Rose Court Emerges From Pre-Dawn Chaos," appearing in the Jan. 2 Los Angeles Times . . . showed a lack of understanding of young Americans' humor, and a disrespect for (keeping) facts in context.
Since mid-October, the Royal Court had represented the Tournament of Roses at more than 100 civic, charitable and promotional events in Southern California that required much time, energy and dedication by the Royal Court and the Tournament of Roses escorts. Close ties were established, humor evolved and the pressure of being perfect young ladies representing the tournament grew.
While preparing for the parade in their private dressing room at the Tournament House, which required leaving home at 3:10 a.m., the Royal Court let pressure off with off-the-wall humorous comments to each other about experiences, events and personal appearance. Is not this normal? Even professional entertainers do it. In addition a detailed schedule published and orchestrated by the Royal Court's escort committee prevented "pre-dawn chaos."