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Fall 2003 Bruin Walk


Illustration by Chris Pyle

We asked about your favorite Bruin sports moment, and here is what some of you had to say:

Any time Kenny Washington touched the football! [Editor’s note: Washington played halfback in ’37, ’38 and ’39. Named UCLA’s first football All-American in 1939, his career rushing total of 1,915 yards was a UCLA record that stood for 34 years.]
— Clair Downey ’46, Bellflower, Calif.

As a 17-year-old freshman from Bombay, I was in culture shock. In 1954, my new American roommate offered to take me to a football game, provided I dyed a turban blue and yellow and wore it. It wasn’t exactly my favorite sports moment as all eyes were on me and the turban during a UCLA-Stanford game. I was perplexed that Bruins on the field played with a ball that was not even round; wondered how the players could develop their shoulders ’til they resembled inflated balloons; and thought they looked like orangutans wearing helmets. We won 72-0 — numbers that meant nothing to me at the time. I have attended many games since, sans turban, joining in the rah-rah chants and frenzied “take off that re-e-e-d sweater” to a “traitor” among us during a Trojan game.
Arun Bhatia ’56, Bangalore, India

If you had asked me last year, I would not have been able to choose only one. But with this one so fresh in my memory, I have to go with the softball comeback this year against Texas. Down to the last out for a chance to play in the championship game, Natasha Watley gets a hit to tie it up and then scores on Caitlin Benyi’s hit — Benyi had struck out three times against that pitcher. I’ve probably seen it over 100 times on tape now, and it’s still as thrilling.
Paul Franco (’86-’89), San Gabriel, Calif.

NEXT UP: Did you hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the base of Janss Steps in 1965? Tell us about the time you heard an influential leader speak on campus. E-mail us at, fax us at (310) 794-6883, or write to: Bruin Walk Editor, UCLA Magazine, 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Please include a phone number. Photos welcome.

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