Garages need to get cleaned out in Geezerville, and I looked in one box that had, among other things, the DB from November 22, 1965, discussing our 20-16 win over just$c. I know why I kept that one, obviously. There was another DB from May 7, 1965, but I had some difficulty figuring out why that one went into the time capsule. It may have been just to memorialize this letter, which I promise I repeat word for word:
"Alcindor Tour Protest
I see by the papers where a 7 foot 1 inch basketball player from New York was an invited guest here as part of his shopping tour to see which of more than 100 colleges throughout the land can make things more attrative for him.
My naive question is: what in the world is a state school, supported by the peoples' taxes, doing this this kind of competitive bidding? Is it this overemphasis which makes pay for a stadium we neither need nor want.
Isn't this cynical wooing of a high school boy exactly the kind of thing that blurs the line between amateur and professional sports and leads inexorably to scandal?
Competitive sports are of course a valuable part of total college life, and there is nothing wrong with winning. But let's keep our sanity and let those who put winning above all else compete for the wandering giant.
Incidentally, will someone correct me if I'm wrong, or did UCLA do fairly well this past season with a starting line of of Goodrich, Erickson, McIntosh, Lacey and Goss, every one of whom came out of a high school in the greater Los Angeles are.
Clara Rodney, Graduate, Education"
Clara missed on what Lew meant to UCLA, of course, and not just in terms of athletics. But the first cousin of this letter probably didn't get published in the daily trOJan in connection with OJ2. And that shows that there is and always has been a difference between UCLA and that other place.