TELL US ABOUT IT
Illustration by Pablo
We asked you to tell us what song takes
you back to your Bruin days. Here's what a few of you said:
I was a freshman in December 1944 when the
class of ’46 put on a memorable junior prom called “Yankee
Yuletide” at beautiful Kerckhoff Hall. The bands were Xavier
Cugat, Stan Meyers and Eddie Cletro. The song that still gives
me shivers describes that romantic evening exactly. It was “That
Old Black Magic.”
West Anderson ’48 Walnut Creek, Calif.
I played clarinet in the UCLA Marching Band and Wind Ensemble.
We had a wonderful arrangement of “White Rabbit,”
the Jefferson Airplane standard. The song was a favorite of the
band and students. I have been a member of the UCLA Alumni Band
for about 18 years and every time we appear in the Rose Bowl,
I ask the director if we can play “White Rabbit.”
Once a season, he reluctantly agrees.
—Arnold W. Gross ’70,
J.D. ’73 Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Whenever I hear “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,”
“Go Your Own Way” or “The Chain” from
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album, I think back to my four years
in the UCLA Marching Band and performing in three half-time shows.
Back in those days, the entire show was carried live on national
TV, allowing my friends and family from across the country to
see what Bruin spirit is all about.
—Harry W. Machnov
’79 Walnut Creek, Calif.
In my freshman and sophomore years, I carpooled to and from UCLA
with my best friend, Laura. While navigating the curves of Coldwater
Canyon, we always listened to “Whip It” by Devo to
get fired up for exams. Twenty years later, “whip it, whip
it good!” still reminds me of the fun, focus and success
we shared as Bruins.
—Carol E. Gilmore
’85 Dallas, Texas
I was living with four other guys in a two-bedroom apartment
at Gayley and Landfair. My roommates were pretty studious and
were what I think of as typical “guy guys.” You could
imagine how shocked I was one day when I came back from class
and opened the door to find two of them dancing and singing along
to the Britney Spears song “Baby One More Time” as
the video blasted from our television. Every time I hear that
song I remember that hilarious scene.
—Keith Allman ’99
New York City
KROQ played “Otherside” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
relentlessly in 2000. Every time I hear that song, I think of
being bored at the cash register at the ASUCLA Store at LuValle
Commons, waiting for my shift to end.
—Samantha O. Popoy
’02 Culver City, Calif.
Any regrets? Tell us the one thing you wish you’d done during
your Bruin days. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to Bruin Walk Editor, UCLA Magazine, 10920 Wilshire
Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Please include phone
number and city of residence.