Van Kirk first Caltech sports honoree class

Larry Stewart

Caltech, the Pasadena school known for its academic standing, made some news over the weekend for athletic achievements, inducting the first class into its new sports Hall of Honor on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Among the inductees was prominent Arcadia resident Dick Van Kirk. There were nine athletes, including Phil Conley, one world’s top-rated javelin throwers in the late 1950s, one team (the 1969-70 conference champion wrestling team), and … [Read more...]

Lucky disabled dog gets lucky

Larry Stewart

There’s a cute, friendly little white dog named Lucky who regularly walks with his owners, Lloyd and Michelle Truong, along East Camino Real Avenue between Sixth and 10th streets. You’d recognize Lucky if you saw him. He has no use of his hind legs and is able to walk only through the use of a special "wheelchair." Lucky, who is 14 years old, suddenly quit walking 2½ years ago. The Truongs took him to a vet and were told he had a slipped … [Read more...]

Buss memorial sparks Stewart memories

Larry Stewart

Editor’s note: Longtime Arcadia resident Larry Stewart and occasional ArcadiasBest.com blogger writes about attending the memorial for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died of cancer Feb. 18 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Stewart was a sportswriter for Los Angeles’ two major papers for nearly 40 years – the old Herald Examiner for nine years, the Times for more than 30. My wife Norma and I were among the some 3,500 people invited to … [Read more...]

Breeders’ Cup to Santa Anita?

Get ready for a likely announcement next week that Breeders' Cup is coming back to Santa Anita Park. Invitations to a gala event scheduled for Aug. 10 in downtown Los Angeles are being sent out this week. They read: “Please join the Breeders’ Cup and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a luncheon and special announcement.” The obvious conclusion is that the 2012 Breeders' Cup is headed for Santa Anita, even though mum is the word … [Read more...]

Jeweler shines with ball players

Arcadia's Lam "Si" Huynh and Frank McCourt

In trying to help my friend Si “Lam” Huynh promote his Arcadia business, Prince Jewelers, I’ve been telling him he needs to get out more and meet people. Lam just works, works, works. But I got him to go to the recent Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation fundraiser at the Century Plaza Hotel, an affair that attracted Commissioner Bud Selig and many, many baseball dignitaries. We each had to pay $300 for tickets (and those were for the … [Read more...]

Laker Girl books Prince Jewelers

JeanieBussBookCover

Not that anybody would care, but my favorite Christmas present was a book. It beat out a pair of L.L. Bean slippers by a considerable margin. This just wasn’t any book. Titled “Laker Girl,” it’s a diary by Jeanie Buss, who, with help from my former Los Angeles Times colleague Steve Springer, takes readers through the 2009-2010 NBA season. Jeanie, the Lakers’ executive vice president, provides insight into her life as well as those of her … [Read more...]

Arcadia Princess inspires again

Rose Princess Tatyane Berrios of Arcadia (l) with former Wisconsin linebacker Aaron Norvell, a guest speaker at Southern California Sports Broadcasters luncheon in Toluca Lake.

The Rose Queen and her Court make nearly 150 appearances over a two-month period leading up to the Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl game. One of those stops was Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters at legendary Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake. As someone who wrote about sportscasters for nearly 35 years during my 40-year career as a sportswriter in Los Angeles, I’ve become quite involved with … [Read more...]

Hall of Fame sports celeb panel

L-r: James Worthy, Al Downing, Bill Russell, Bill Sharman, Jim Harrick, Larry Stewart, Vicki Brown (CEO of Sowing Seeds for Life), Greg DeSmet (chairman of key sponsor DPI Labs), Jerry West, Al Snow (tournament co-chairman), Bill Dwyre, and Tim Grant (tournament co-chairman).

In my last blog I wrote about a charity tournament I was involved with. It took place Thursday (Oct. 28) at Sierra La Verne Country Club, and I was in charge of lining up celebrities and publicizing the event. Well, things couldn't have gotten any better, and a number of Arcadia-area golfers participated. Terry McCullom, who owns the Station bar on Baldwin Avenue, paid for a foursome that included Wayne Busick, whose family is well known … [Read more...]