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January 3, 2002 |
Despite aching feet, sleepless nights and spending $50,000, Madalenna Lai could smile proudly Wednesday knowing that she and others in Southern California's Vietnamese community had made a dream come true. "I'm really happy that I have accomplished my gratitude to America," said Lai, a 60-year-old Pomona resident. "I am very thankful for the people who allowed me to thank America."
January 2, 1987 |
Americans ushered in 1987 with football, floats and gunfire, watching a parade and bowl games on television and shooting guns in the air in several cities to mark the new year. Millions of people spent at least part of New Year's Day relaxing in front of the TV to watch the 98th Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena and one or more of five college bowl games.
January 1, 1987 |
It may have been officially canceled, but there was a Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 1, 1942. Sort of. At exactly 9 that morning, five cars left the Valley Hunt Club on South Orange Grove Boulevard and rode the five-mile parade route to Tournament Park. "We wanted to keep it going," recalls Lay Leishman, who is still a Tournament of Roses official. "We had the Rose queen and her royal court in the cars and we even traveled at the usual parade speed of two miles an hour."
January 5, 1989 |
In one of the classic murder mysteries, it turns out to be the judge who done it. The author obviously played on the surprise generated by the fact that judges are presumed to be innocent. Judges may assign guilt and innocence right and left, but up there on the bench they are understood to be themselves blameless and without sin. Not true, of course, and, as I should have realized before, there is a certain delight being able to sit in judgment on a judge.
January 1, 1985 |
Floats commemorating the "Spirit of America" would trundle onto Colorado Boulevard in due time. But on Monday, early Rose Parade spectators celebrated the Spirit of Pasadena: Heads propped on pillows, bodies slouched in beach chairs, they waited. Playing cards, reading, listening to blaring stereos or conversing with new-found neighbors, more than 10,000 parade goers sprawled along Pasadena streets awaiting the New Year's Day tradition, the 96th annual Tournament of Roses parade.
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December 29, 1988 |
"Onion seeds," said 16-year-old Cindy Leyva of Montebello, with friend Gaby Ibarra at her side. "We've been doing onion seeds. Four to five hours of onion seeds. It's fun." Nearby, Paul and Phyllis Schriger from Englewood, N.J., were doing paprika. "It's not as easy as it seems," Phyllis said, as dark red dust drifted to the floor. With such unlikely materials, so goes the fabrication of the lead float in this year's 100th Tournament of Roses parade.
December 7, 1986 |
The theme for the 98th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1 is "A World of Wonders," but Jerye Mooney of Carson doesn't see anything wonderful about her city's float. The float, entitled "Toreadors," features three costumed matadors swirling capes while standing in a bed of flowers. It was designed to highlight the majesty, beauty and grace of bullfighters in their costumes as a tribute to the culture and customs of many Hispanic countries, the float designer said.