“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. I’m glad I was a teacher.” – John Wooden, 1910-2010

Another Los Angeles great, Vin Scully, recollects his first time meeting Coach Wooden:

“We lived in a little two-story apartment house on a corner in Brentwood, just off Sunset Boulevard, and there was a little wooden fence there. One day, I went to the grocery store, and I was coming back to the apartment with two big bags of groceries. And as I’m walking to that little fence, I’m thinking, ‘How the heck am I going to open that gate?’ And a voice said: ‘Just a minute. I’ll open that gate for you.’ And this man came over, opened the gate and held it open. I said: ‘Thanks so very much,’ and he said, ‘I’m John Wooden. I’m the basketball coach at UCLA.”