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BrendonBruin, you may be interested

in this story. I took a few minutes to look up Alan Claman on Google after you mentioned he was your roommate at Harvard Law School. The comments are closed for that post, but I wanted to look up Claman's name because I didn't remember him from the team that beat Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

I was at the game, and I know Terry Donahue and Jim Colletto were on the defensive line. (I remember Colletto addressing the fans in the section of the Rose Bowl I was sitting, and I recall his words almost, if not, literally: "We little tykes came to play.")

And who can forget Bob Stiles, who was knocked out while making a game-saving tackle of Michigan State runner Bob Apisa? Anyway back to my story: It turns out Claman had an incredibly interesting background. He came from an observant Jewish family and (largely because of his father's influence) refused to play for UCLA on a Saturday that was Yom Kippur, incurring the displeasure of Tommy Prothro, according to this story. Coincidentally, that was the same Yom Kippur on which Sandy Koufax refused to pitch for the Dodgers on the opening game of the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. (I remember all the discussion about Koufax's decision but nothing about Claman's.)

It sounds like Claman's father was a mensch among mensches. He was a doctor who opened an office in Watts, and, according to the story, his office was the only building still standing in the area after the riots of 1965. The story goes on to give a few details about Alan Claman's life after graduating from Harvard Law School. You may be aware of all this, of course, from your days at Harvard, but I thought it was worth a post.



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