Notes from the President – May 2016

PQ_Bill_PayneReturning Members and Potential New Members:

Your Board (Randy, Mark, Joan, Bob, Tom, Knox, Mabit and Dwain) has been busy in its mission to provide a lively and entertaining assortment of new speakers for the 2016 fall season.

Bob Boyd, Pat Riley, Joe Tomaselli, Tony Ortega and I (your Program Committee) met in February and put together a wish-list of program speakers. Bill Vera later added his ideas. Harvey Hyde said he would help. Thus far, we have commitments from: Norm Chow; Mike Garrett; Mike Lansford; Tina Kunzer-Murphy (UNLV AD); Richard Brehaut and Rob Hertel/John Sciarra for the Rivalry Panel and Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times Rams reporter). Click here to take a look at the 2016 schedule so far.

We’re hopeful to receiving a commitment from new USC AD Lynn Swann, likely to come after July 1. We’re also talking to Clay Helton (USC Head Coach). And, we haven’t given up on Jim Mora.

All meetings will be in our much-preferred Mediterranean Room, except for the November 4 date. Then we venture to the Rose Bowl, and will have a catered meal in the Loge Lounge in the Terry Donahue Pavilion. Dedan Brazino, the executive Director of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, has talked to Terry Donahue about being our speaker. When Donahue commits, Brazino will invite John Robinson; they apparently often speak together.

We do need Vice President that can ascend to president for 2017. A two- year term is enough for anybody…don’t you think? New ideas and perspective keep any organization moving forward. And, more ideas of potential speakers (especially helpful if one can access them) would be much appreciated.

Click here for your application for 2016 membership. We vitally need you to join, and to show your additional support by becoming a Season Pass or Gold Club member.

Call me, or any other Board member, with your suggestions, to be Vice President, or to otherwise volunteer, and to suggest speakers you know will finally get us over the 100 attendee mark (again).

William L. Payne,
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.