Final Notes From the President 2016

Clay Helton & Bill Payne

Clay Helton & Bill Payne

As we prepare for the busy holidays upon us and the New Year, one often takes time to reflect on the year 2016. We truly have much to be thankful for in this land of peace, prosperity and promise.

Our Board (Randy, Mark, Joan, Tom, Mabet, Bob, Knox and Dwain), served Pasadena Quarterbacks with their continued expertise, dedication and loyalty.

If there was a Most Valuable Player, it would have to be Harvey Hyde. He got us seven of our 13 speakers, many first-timers to Quarterbacks, all well-known to all of us. Clay Helton made my last year’s New Years’ resolution come true…to have attendance over 100, and for his talk, we had 120!

All of our meetings were in the Mediterranean Room at Brookside, except for the one we had at the Loge Lounge of the Terry Donahue Pavilion at the Rose Bowl. Dedan Brozino of Legacy Foundation set us up not only for a terrific lunch, but led tours of the exclusive Legacy member eating and seating areas.

Thanks also to our Donors, for their financial and door prize support. In the Gold Club we had nine; Season Pass nine, and members, who made an additional contribution beyond the standard Membership fee, 15. There were 33 separate Donors to Joan’s weekly raffle, many providing repeat or full season raffle opportunities and guests (click here for list). Did you know that Web Friend pays the meal cost for all of the student athletes that accompany their high school head coaches?


Jim Gruettner, 2017 Pasadena Quarterbacks President

A shout out too to Jill Masters,, is our webmaster par excellence! And thanks to Bill May, past-president (1997) and CPA, who files our taxes each year. And, to Joe Tomaselli and Pat Riley who kindly set up and took down our banners each meeting.

Please support incoming president Jim Gruettner as you have me. Jim is a Stanford man, with a graduate degree from USC. His career was in the oil business, with ARCO in a number of administrative capacities.

Jim will need your suggestions, ideas for program speakers and a Vice President to succeed him. He can be reached at 626.799.7478 and

Thanks for supporting me as your president for 2015 and 2016. It was great fun meeting all of you, and interfacing with a wide range of USC, UCLA and media types as our speakers. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017.


William L. Payne
2015 and 2016 President, Pasadena Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks’ Brick at Rose Bowl

Did you know that your Pasadena Quarterbacks purchased ‘a brick’ as our contribution to the Rose Bowl upgrade? Here’s what it looks like:


You can check it out in person: The brick is located at Gate “A” (the main south entrance to the stadium), at the northwest corner of the brick garden. Look for the City of Pasadena section. Our brick is in the bottom row, and under the word City.

A fitting tribute to the City, Rose Bowl, and our presence in both.