It was a quiet Sunday morning and Anne Swears' children were in the living room of their Rolling Hills Estates home watching television.
All of a sudden a white pigeon began flying frantically against the large living room window. The window broke. The children screamed. The pigeon flew through the broken window into the house, banging around a bit before finally alighting on the frame of a dining room painting.
Swears opened the front door and tried to shoo the bird out of the house.
"Mom, that's not just any old bird. That's an important bird," said Courtney Swears, 9. "He's so pretty."
And indeed, the interloper was no ordinary bird. It was a famous bird, and therein lies a tale.
Anne Swears caught the bird, which was not injured, and placed it in an empty cage formerly occupied by Blueberry Muffin, the family's recently deceased parakeet.
On the pigeon's leg was a silver band with a phone number and the words Olympic Racer.
Flew in Opening Ceremony
No one on Sunday answered the pigeon's phone number, which turned out to be the office number of Hacienda Heights dentist Mel J. Carpenter.