I have a rare thrill in store tonight.
I bought myself kind of an early birthday present, and am going solo (Kathleen is working tonight) to the Nokia Theatre/L.A. Live! as its called...to an event called "Scully and Wooden...for the Kids".
I just couldn't pass up the chance to see Vin Scully (60-year plus Dodgers broadcaster) and John Wooden (legendary "Wizard of Westwood" UCLA coach, turned author and motivational speaker), on stage, sharing their thoughts, philosophies, and ideas...at least as much as moderator T.J. Simers will allow.
Since Scully's in his 80's, and Wooden in his 90's, I figured this might be the last chance to take part in such an event.
At the insistence of both men, as I understand it, all proceeds are going to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and other children's charities.
The event is also being shown live in SoCal at 8PM on FSN Prime Ticket. I hope you get a chance to see it, and that the other FSN's around the nation show this to the rest of the country.
We've already been warned that no cameras will be allowed. But hopefully I can get some exterior shots, and one of some Laker and Celtic fans maybe milling around Staples, which is across the street.
I'll report back, one way or the other. What a night it figures to be.
How much did I pay for my orchestra level seat? Don't ask. But it's for the kids, after all.
PS...Simers is a kind of tongue-in-cheek, bordering or smart aleck columnist for the LA Times. He's also been on local radio. I enjoy his work...many in SoCal don't. I think they take him too seriously.
I also wanted to point out that Kathleen's work schedule at the hospital was set before I knew about this event. She also said this wouldn't be the kind of thing she'd enjoy as much as me, but said she really wanted me to go anyway. I case you wondered.