October 7, 2012 |
An athlete plays 15 or 20 years, retires and there is great fanfare upon his departure. Maybe tears, maybe gifts given, maybe his number hung in honor. Los Angeles' very own Jack Disney calls it a day and he's just gone. Disney is good people. There is no announcement when he leaves Santa Anita, some 3-year-old horses drawing more attention than he does as he ends almost 60 years as a sports reporter and horse racing publicist. He's John McKay's first beat man at USC; the first reporter the Lakers would know upon their arrival; he is working as a colorful scribe before the Dodgers are here and before the Angels go major league.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1988
As a practicing criminal defense attorney, a registered Democrat and a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I have never before found myself aligned with Meese on any issue. Now, however, I find myself compelled to write in support of the viewpoint recently expressed by Meese concerning the conduct of independent counsel McKay. If I understand Meese correctly, he contends it is improper for McKay, as a representative of the government, to publicly accuse Meese of specific criminal acts without affording Meese an opportunity to confront his accusers and a forum in which to vindicate himself.
January 9, 1993
In reading The Times' sports section lately, I find myself checking for a small note: An Official Publication of the USC Alumni Assn. I saw at least two articles referring to the then-upcoming Freedom Bowl as a no-win situation for the coach. This was an uncalled-for insult to the state college system. Not all your readers are USC alums. And then Jim Murray's column about USC tradition, Howard Jones, etc. How about Ted Tollner? How about McKay's graduation rate? Or the probation that accompanied Robinson's first tenure?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1989 |
Haunted by the deaths of an aunt and two teen-age cousins in an accident caused by a drunk 17-year-old driver a decade ago, California Highway Patrol Officer Al Arredondo is determined to keep drunk drivers off the road. So while on the job, he keeps his eyes open for drunk drivers. And after work, Arredondo organizes high school assemblies, talks to driver-education classes and lectures community groups. He sometimes asks victims of drunk-driving accidents to help him spread the message that drinking and driving are a deadly combination.
March 7, 2004
After reading and seeing Nellie McKay perform, Robert Hilburn's review is right on ("Young Singer, Old Soul," Feb. 29). How she stylizes a song, be it rap, jazz or pop, illustrates that her singing maturity is well beyond her 19 years. Like Joss Stone, she sings from the heart and puts her point across slyly, almost unknowingly, but always directly on target. Nellie will be a force to reckon with soon on the music scene. Glad she skipped "American Idol 2" and made it on her own. Go, Nellie.
June 11, 2001
CAREER From 1960 to 1975, John McKay built one of the most dominant programs in college football at USC. McKay led the Trojans to four national titles, nine Pacific 8 Conference championships and six bowl victories in nine appearances, among them five in the Rose Bowl in eight trips. He left USC after the 1975 season to become the first coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.