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With Bruins and Trojans, it's not just about football

Both schools are well-represented in other high-profile walks of life, from movies to politics to business.

November 28, 2009|By David Wharton
  • L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas ( USC) and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ( UCLA) are two of the city's power brokers with ties to Saturday's rivalry game.
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas ( USC) and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa… (Photos by Allen J. Schaben…)

Bruins and Trojans, outside the lines

Turnover margin and total yards aren't the only numbers you can use to compare USC and UCLA for the big game at the Coliseum today. Try measuring the box office receipts of Trojans alumnus Will Ferrell versus UCLA grad Jack Black. Or the voting records of Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) of UCLA versus Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) of USC. Whether it's entertainment, politics or big business, alumni from both schools play a big role in Southern California life. USC UCLAHollywoodactor Will Ferrell actor Jack Blackactor Forest Whitaker actor Tim Robbinsdirector Ron Howard director Rob Reinerdirector Robert Zemeckis actress Heather Lockleardirector George Lucas actor Mark HarmonPoliticsRep. Dana Rohrabacher Rep. Diane WatsonRep. Mary Bono Mack Mayor Antonio VillaraigosaL.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas L.A. County Supervisor Zev YaroslavskyBusinessPaul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's Henry Samueli, co-founder of BroadcomThomas Stemberg, founder of Staples Nobutada Saji, president of Suntory Jerry Buss, owner of Lakers Gary E. Knell, Pres. & CEO of Sesame Workshop And here's one more: Both schools put men in space, with UCLA grad Walter Cunningham aboard Apollo 7 in 1968 and USC alumnus Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon the following year.

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