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April 23, 1990 | GLENN F. BUNTING and TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On two occasions in 1985, prominent UCLA basketball booster and millionaire contractor Sam Gilbert told his son to deliver several large boxes to a bank president in Encino. No words were exchanged in the parking lot when Michael Gilbert pulled the sealed boxes from the trunk of his BMW and loaded them into a Mercedes-Benz driven by Jules Huppert, the head of Valley State Bank. Neatly stacked inside the boxes, court testimony would later reveal, was $1.
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June 8, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
John R. Wooden, who died Friday at age 99, left for the ages an exemplary body of work in which the rewards, ten-fold, outweighed the trials. No rendering of Wooden's legacy, though, is complete without mention of a man who influenced one of sport's most unimpeachable dynasties: Sam Gilbert. If Wooden was the father figure of UCLA basketball, Gilbert was its shadowy one. Gilbert was a small, burly, self-made man with unfettered devotion to the Bruins. He could be benevolent yet, to nose-poking reporters, a bully.
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SPORTS
June 8, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
John R. Wooden, who died Friday at age 99, left for the ages an exemplary body of work in which the rewards, ten-fold, outweighed the trials. No rendering of Wooden's legacy, though, is complete without mention of a man who influenced one of sport's most unimpeachable dynasties: Sam Gilbert. If Wooden was the father figure of UCLA basketball, Gilbert was its shadowy one. Gilbert was a small, burly, self-made man with unfettered devotion to the Bruins. He could be benevolent yet, to nose-poking reporters, a bully.
SPORTS
March 26, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
UCLA is going to a second consecutive NCAA men's basketball Final Four, but it has a long way to go to approach what the Bruins accomplished during a 12-year period ending in 1975, when they won 10 national championships. The memories of those UCLA glory days, with Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement as a backdrop, are brought back in an HBO documentary, "The UCLA Dynasty," which airs for the first time tonight at 10.
SPORTS
November 23, 1987
Sam Gilbert, longtime supporter and sometimes controversial booster of UCLA athletics, died at his Pacific Palisades home Saturday night following a long illness. He was 74. Gilbert, an avid basketball fan, was a benefactor of many UCLA players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Sidney Wicks. He also served as an adviser and an agent.
SPORTS
August 4, 1993 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gene Bartow, the man who followed John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach, believes his life would have been in danger had the NCAA delved too deeply into the activities of the late Sam Gilbert, the Bruin booster who was closely aligned with the program during the Wooden years, according to a letter Bartow wrote to an NCAA official. "I want to say 'thank you' for possibly saving my life," Bartow, basketball coach and athletic director at the University of Alabama Birmingham, wrote in a Nov.
SPORTS
June 13, 1998
I thought the article comparing USC baseball to UCLA basketball [J.A. Adande's column, June 8] was quite apt. There is one major difference. Rod Dedeaux never needed Sam Gilbert. GILBERT R. COLEMAN Reno
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1994
Now that the Valley will secede, with Assemblywoman Paula Boland's help (Letters, Aug. 14), what are we going to call the new city? My choice: North Angeles. SAM GILBERT Encino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1987 | WILLIAM OVEREND and WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writers
Four days after his death, millionaire contractor Sam Gilbert, a controversial sports figure once known as the "godfather" of UCLA's basketball program, was charged in a federal indictment Wednesday with racketeering and money laundering in connection with a Florida marijuana smuggling ring. The indictment of Gilbert and one of his three children, Michael, 46, charged with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, was announced by federal officials in Miami.
SPORTS
March 27, 1999
It was about a week after Sam Gilbert died years ago that the federal government indicted him. Perhaps they didn't think he was really dead. Now it turns out they might have been right. Either that, or he has been reincarnated in the form of one Donny Shacks and is once again wafting through the hallowed halls of UCLA athletics. Some things never change. DOUG HAYS Glendale
SPORTS
April 12, 2003
I know that Ben Howland and Karl Dorrell, UCLA's new coaches, are feeling the pressure of Bruin expectations, but that pressure will be nothing compared to that being felt by Dan Guerrero, who is either a genius or a dunce, depending on what happens in the next five years. Jack Wolf Westwood Where are all the letters from outraged Bruin fans, demanding the firing of Ben Howland? After all, he has been UCLA's basketball coach for over a week now and hasn't won them a national championship yet. Ben Browdy Los Angeles Now that the Bruins seem to have found the guy to replace John Wooden, the big question is, can Sonny Vaccaro replace Sam Gilbert?
OPINION
February 20, 2002
A new Valley city should be proud of evolving from a historically great city, Los Angeles. So why not retain part of that name? But North Los Angeles would suggest, erroneously, that the new city was merely a geographical segment of L.A. (letter, Feb. 14). So, repeating my suggestion made over a year ago, omit the "Los" and simply call it North Angeles. Sam Gilbert Encino
SPORTS
November 11, 2000
What's this I read about Kevin Malone being involved in Bruin basketball recruiting? Who does he think he is, Sam Gilbert? DOUG HAYS Glendale So Kevin Malone has now directed his ineptness toward UCLA recruiting efforts, and the results should surprise no one--the recruit chose Cal. Step aside, Donald Sterling, we've found a new idiot king! BRIAN PATRICK Mission Viejo
SPORTS
March 27, 1999
It was about a week after Sam Gilbert died years ago that the federal government indicted him. Perhaps they didn't think he was really dead. Now it turns out they might have been right. Either that, or he has been reincarnated in the form of one Donny Shacks and is once again wafting through the hallowed halls of UCLA athletics. Some things never change. DOUG HAYS Glendale
SPORTS
June 13, 1998
I thought the article comparing USC baseball to UCLA basketball [J.A. Adande's column, June 8] was quite apt. There is one major difference. Rod Dedeaux never needed Sam Gilbert. GILBERT R. COLEMAN Reno
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1994
Now that the Valley will secede, with Assemblywoman Paula Boland's help (Letters, Aug. 14), what are we going to call the new city? My choice: North Angeles. SAM GILBERT Encino
SPORTS
November 11, 2000
What's this I read about Kevin Malone being involved in Bruin basketball recruiting? Who does he think he is, Sam Gilbert? DOUG HAYS Glendale So Kevin Malone has now directed his ineptness toward UCLA recruiting efforts, and the results should surprise no one--the recruit chose Cal. Step aside, Donald Sterling, we've found a new idiot king! BRIAN PATRICK Mission Viejo
OPINION
February 20, 2002
A new Valley city should be proud of evolving from a historically great city, Los Angeles. So why not retain part of that name? But North Los Angeles would suggest, erroneously, that the new city was merely a geographical segment of L.A. (letter, Feb. 14). So, repeating my suggestion made over a year ago, omit the "Los" and simply call it North Angeles. Sam Gilbert Encino
SPORTS
August 4, 1993 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gene Bartow, the man who followed John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach, believes his life would have been in danger had the NCAA delved too deeply into the activities of the late Sam Gilbert, the Bruin booster who was closely aligned with the program during the Wooden years, according to a letter Bartow wrote to an NCAA official. "I want to say 'thank you' for possibly saving my life," Bartow, basketball coach and athletic director at the University of Alabama Birmingham, wrote in a Nov.
SPORTS
May 1, 1993
The spirit of Sam Gilbert rides again? Why would a splendid high school senior basketball player hold a news conference to announce where he's going to college? Young Charles O'Bannon is not a dynasty-builder like Lew Alcindor. Is UCLA so desperate to regain its basketball luster that it somehow surreptitiously arranges such an event to keep the ball rolling and renew momentum after the near-miss against Michigan? Methinks articulate George over at Old SC has the Bruins in a state of paranoia.
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