This past weekend I had a rather interesting experience meeting Ed O'Bannon, small forward of the 1995 UCLA basketball championship team.
I was with some other Bruins in Las Vegas this past weekend. We were volunteering for the Obama campaign and helping register new voters throughout Las Vegas. Our morning consisted of haranguing people outside of grocery stores, attempting to register new voters. The whole affair was okay, but it was way too hot to be in the sun for so long. The evening voter registration activity was a bit more fun.
In the evening, we were sent by the campaign to register new voters at the UNLV/UNR rivalry football game. It was a pretty positive experience mingling with the tailgating crowds, most people were really friendly and receptive.
But that all is besides the point. As I was walking around the UNLV stadium, a man with a bright red UNLV shirt noticed my UCLA hat and asked if my friends and I were bruins. He shook our hands and introduced himself as Ed O'Bannon.
I immediately geeked out over it--the two ladies I was with had no idea who he was. We, of course, asked him if he was registered to vote and he said he wasn't. He agreed to register, and I had the honor of helping him fill the form out.
We chatted for a little bit, got pictures, and took his voter registration form. I was so excited about the whole affair that I kept bragging to everyone who would listen for the rest of the weekend. It's not often I get to register Bruin legends to vote, but I wouldn't mind making it a habit.
And that is my Ed O'Bannon story.