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December 18, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN
John Flowers came to see Cal State Northridge play basketball Friday night against Arizona State. Someday, he hopes, Matador players might return the favor. Injuries he sustained in a car accident 16 months ago have taken away his legs. But not his love for basketball. The former Northridge recruit has renewed his playing career, albeit from a wheelchair. He has joined the Wheelchair Suns, a team sponsored by the Phoenix Suns.
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May 8, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers' dream of playing in the NBA ended on a Kansas City freeway in August 1992 when the car he was riding in was hit by a driver who apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel. The car spun out of control and slammed into a utility pole. Flowers' brother, who was at the wheel, and his girlfriend died instantly. Flowers was partially thrown through the car's rear window: His upper body landed on the trunk while his legs were ensnared in a web of steel and glass. "You have to get me out!
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December 18, 1992 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers spends his afternoons at a basketball court. That part has not changed. The net still dances when he swishes a jump shot. The rim still rattles after he throws down a thunderous dunk. His body cannot perform as it used to, but when Flowers hears the squeal of sneakers pressed against hardwood and the banter among players, not even his wheelchair can confine him. He imagines that he, too, is out on the floor, running, shooting and jumping. This is his therapy. And also his anguish.
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May 8, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers' dream of playing in the NBA died on a Kansas City freeway in August 1992. He was riding in a car that was hit by another driver and spun out of control before slamming into a utility pole. Flowers was thrown partway through the rear window, his upper body landing on the car's trunk, his legs ensnared in a web of twisted steel and broken glass. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard from Phoenix College was the top basketball recruit that year for Cal State Northridge.
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May 8, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers' dream of playing in the NBA died on a Kansas City freeway in August 1992. He was riding in a car that was hit by another driver and spun out of control before slamming into a utility pole. Flowers was thrown partway through the rear window, his upper body landing on the car's trunk, his legs ensnared in a web of twisted steel and broken glass. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard from Phoenix College was the top basketball recruit that year for Cal State Northridge.
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May 8, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers' dream of playing in the NBA ended on a Kansas City freeway in August 1992 when the car he was riding in was hit by a driver who apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel. The car spun out of control and slammed into a utility pole. Flowers' brother, who was at the wheel, and his girlfriend died instantly. Flowers was partially thrown through the car's rear window: His upper body landed on the trunk while his legs were ensnared in a web of steel and glass. "You have to get me out!
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February 23, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers will never play basketball for Cal State Northridge, yet he has succeeded where promotional events and marketing plans by the school have failed. Because of him, Northridge's 2,000-seat gymnasium is expected to be at near capacity tonight for a game between the Matadors and St. Mary's. Flowers last season averaged 16.4 points for Phoenix College, a community college in Arizona. A 6-foot-4 swingman, he could leap past, run around or simply shoot over those who attempted to guard him.
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March 20, 1992
UC San Diego finished second to defending champion Kenyon College at the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Buffalo on Thursday. Kenyon scored 195 points to UCSD's 116. UCSD won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:22.63 with freshmen Gabe Speyer and Mike Pahland and sophomores John Flowers and Judd Glaser. Travis Flowers took second in the 200 individual medley and John Flowers in the 50 free. The 400 medley relay team also placed second.
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March 19, 1993
John Flowers will have a courtside seat at the Forum for Sunday's NBA game between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons, courtesy of Magic Johnson. Flowers, a former Cal State Northridge basketball recruit, lost both legs as the result of injuries he sustained in an August car accident. Through a fund-raising campaign ignited by Jacques Hay, a Northridge basketball booster, and his 12-year-old son Josh, a Matador ballboy, Flowers' plight came to the attention of Johnson last month.
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December 18, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN
John Flowers came to see Cal State Northridge play basketball Friday night against Arizona State. Someday, he hopes, Matador players might return the favor. Injuries he sustained in a car accident 16 months ago have taken away his legs. But not his love for basketball. The former Northridge recruit has renewed his playing career, albeit from a wheelchair. He has joined the Wheelchair Suns, a team sponsored by the Phoenix Suns.
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February 23, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers will never play basketball for Cal State Northridge, yet he has succeeded where promotional events and marketing plans by the school have failed. Because of him, Northridge's 2,000-seat gymnasium is expected to be at near capacity tonight for a game between the Matadors and St. Mary's. Flowers last season averaged 16.4 points for Phoenix College, a community college in Arizona. A 6-foot-4 swingman, he could leap past, run around or simply shoot over those who attempted to guard him.
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December 18, 1992 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Flowers spends his afternoons at a basketball court. That part has not changed. The net still dances when he swishes a jump shot. The rim still rattles after he throws down a thunderous dunk. His body cannot perform as it used to, but when Flowers hears the squeal of sneakers pressed against hardwood and the banter among players, not even his wheelchair can confine him. He imagines that he, too, is out on the floor, running, shooting and jumping. This is his therapy. And also his anguish.
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July 12, 1995
The brother of Pasadena City Councilwoman Ann-Marie Villicana is the newest member of the city's Community Development Committee. Villicana said she proposed Alex Villicana's appointment after getting the city attorney's OK that there were no ethics violations. The appointment follows Villicana's decision to oust Penny York from the Rose Bowl Operating Co. board's District 6 seat, saying she was looking for someone with more business experience.
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June 21, 1995
Score one for a more active Rose Bowl. Recently elected Pasadena Councilwoman Ann-Marie Villicana has ousted a longtime homeowners advocate from the council-appointed governing body for the stadium. "It's a political attack," said ousted member Penny York, who also belongs to a group of Rose Bowl neighbors who fought increased use of the stadium, which they complained brought in traffic, noise and crime. York is married to William York, who lost to Villicana in April's council race.
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