Hi BN! Last night we were able to attend a preview of Wooden's Den:
Anyone who is in the LA area needs to get over to campus and check it out. UCLA did an amazing job. You can spend hours just looking at the detail. They handed out some information to us describing The Den that I'd like to share with you:
In 1972, John and Nell Wooden moved into their condominium in Encino, CA. When Coach Wooden retired as the UCLA men's basketball head coach in 1975, his "Den" became his office and place of work.
Every morning he would start his day at his desk, where he would go through his mail, write letters and poetry and autograph thousands of pictures, basketballs and books. It's where every month, after Nell's death in 1984, he would write to her a love letter and place it on her side of the bed.
While seated in his motorized reclining chair, Coach Wooden would entertain guests and conduct countless interviews over the telephone. While eating his favorite chocolate covered raisins, jelly beans or orange candy slices, Coach would watch his favorite Jimmy Stewart westerns and sports on television and listen to the Mills Brothers on his music box.
His wife Nell decorated the den, including arranging on the wall Coach's 10 UCLA NCAA Championship team pictures into a pyramid, similar to his international symbol of leadership, the "Pyramid of Success"
In Coach Wooden's den were hundreds of books about sports, historical figures and religion. Following his retirement from coaching, Coach became known throughout the business world for his own writings about success and leadership on and off the basketball court. Here are two of Coach Wooden's famous quotations:
"Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of being"
"Make each day your masterpiece"
Photos of Wooden's Den can be seen here