Thursday, March 31, 2011

CLASSIC MOMENTS in EpSig History - Volume 2

The following "CLASSIC MOMENT" in EpSig History was submitted by Old Bro Gary Messerotes (EpSig 644) and was taken at the "Silver Streak Ball" Winter Formal in 1977.


I'm sure you all remember who your "Big Bro" was when you first joined the Lambda Chi house, as well as any "Little Bro's" who you "mentored" when they became a part of the EpSig tradition at UCLA.

This photo honors the prolific Bill Harrison (EpSig 631), who gained legendary status for the size of his "family tree" -- his Little Bro's, Little Grand Bro's, Little Great Grand Bro's, etc.

That's our boy Bill kneeling front and center, with the "family" surrounding him.  Not sure exactly what they all are watching ..... Bruin game on TV ?  Jim La Peter threatening to streak the ballroom ?

In any event, this photo serves as a great reminder of the Big Bro - Little Bro tradition at EpSig .....

Editor's Notes:

1) If anyone would like a digital copy of the photo in this blog post, send me a note and I'll get it to you.

2) If anyone else has any CLASSIC MOMENTS in EpSig history you would like to share, send them in and I'll get them published for everyone to enjoy.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

New "Old Bro's" + Updates - 3/24/11

Been a while since we've welcomed any new Old Bro's onto the roster, this week we have FIVE new brave souls to add plus TWO updates to publish.

First up and checking in via Facebook is Jeff Summers (EpSig 658), who is currently working for Intel and living down in Chandler, Arizona.  Jeff's profile indicates his musical interests include (among others) Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and ZZ Top -- which DEFINITELY sounds like an Old Bro playlist.  That's Jeff's Facebook profile photo at left.

Also checking in via Facebook this week is Randy Ricciotti (EpSig 713).  Randy's another one of the Old Bro's who lived in the Hedrick Hall dorm prior to joining Lambda Chi.  He is still living in Los Angeles.

Our first "Stud of the Week" award goes to Tuck Meador, for tracking down and sending in contact info on the one and only Nathaniel Rees Evans III (EpSig 635), who is now living out in the Inland Empire metropolis of Riverside, CA.

Also earning a "Stud of the Week" mention (for the second time) is Jim Scilacci, who forwarded contact info on his Big Bro Bob Neumann (EpSig 615).

The final shout-out for this update goes to Willy Reese (another two time "Stud of the Week"), whose efforts in spreading the Old Bro message amongst the 900 zeta club have led to the addition of John Leonte (EpSig 982).

Also, the Old Bro Network must once again correct an error made on one of our previous posts.  Old Bro Keith Klein's name was inadvertently mis-spelled, a grievous error for which I truly apologize.  Maybe one of these days I'll actually USE spell check before I publish a post .....

There is also an updated e-mail address for Old Bro Jeff Davis, please correct your records accordingly.

New and updated e-cards have been e-mailed out, and these additions bring our overall roster count to 124.  Please welcome our new Old Bro's into the group by sending them a note to say howdy, if you like. 

As always, if you have any contact info for any Old Bro's who are NOT currently on the roster, send it to me and I'll get them hooked up.  Likewise, if anyones info needs correcting, let me know and I'll fix that as well.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CLASSIC MOMENTS in EpSig History - Volume 1

The following classic moment in EpSig history was submitted to the Old Bro Network by Old Bro Bill "Slick" Schlichter (EpSig 647) .....


Hey Mike, 

The legendary Pete Phelps - EpSig 650
I offer up as a point of interest the attached set of photos that may bring back some memories of the Bros back in 1976.

We were finishing up a very successful Mardi Gras where Jim Lacey had been the "Mardi Gras manager" for that particular year and we had made a bunch of money for the charities the Mardi Gras supported.

Anyway, Jim asked Pete Phelps to  go pick up a rental truck that we had been "lent" by the Mardi Gras Committee for logistics and what not.  So, Pete took Gary Messerotes and I think John Kohler with him.  In the back of the truck was nothing more than a keg of beer, that Messo was placed in charge of "guarding" for the short trip from where the truck was parked, over to the Mardi Gras site which was the big athletic field by Drake Stadium.

Now that's how you make a sunroof !!
So the lads man the truck, and proceed to head over to the field.  Without giving it too much thought, Pete took the road from the parking structure that goes onto campus where you have to proceed through an underpass in order to get over to the street which takes you onto the Mardi Gras field.  One problem though……the truck was about 1 foot taller than the underpass…….and the rest goes down in Lambda Chi history……Pete drove that truck at about 35 mph down the road, wanting to get back to the field and help the "bros" with the load-out……and hit that underpass perfectly……

Mardi Gras Manager Jim Lacey - EpSig 621
Gary Messerotes, dutifuly guarding the keg in the back of the truck, recalls only hearing a "tearing" sound, then looking up to see light coming in from the roof….then watching as the entire top of the truck peeled back like a can of tuna!  Yeow!  The pictures speak for themselves.

I remember Jim Lacey flying into my room over at the house in a panic saying something about Pete ripping the top off a rental truck……sensing an historic moment, I grabbed my camera and ran across the street to witness that which I have only seen once in my life……a somewhat bewildered Pete Phelps standing along side a "Pepsi" rental truck….with the entire cargo area torn back and laying in the street……Pete was in no mood for pictures, but I begged him to crawl up on the back and pose, telling him…."my brother, this may not be funny now……but someday…….."

Obviously it would not have been funny had anyone been hurt, but amazingly, the truck was completely destroyed and not a single person involved got so much as a scratch……..and now the legend lives on!
The bro's pose in Pete's creation !!

The pictures are pretty self evident….the guy posing up against the VW Bus is the Infamous Jim Lacy….whereabouts unknown……but I always like this shot of him, and since he is part of the story, I thought I'd add his photo in…..

In the back of the post-accident truck, I can pick out Gary Williams, Pete, Vic Caldwell (I think) and Mike Wright.  Doug Ledsam is also in one of the frames…..I cannot id the other guys……

In ZAX…..Slick EPSIG 647

Editor's Notes:

1) If anyone would like digital copies of the photos in this blog post, send me a note and I'll get them to you.

2) If anyone else has any CLASSIC MOMENTS in EpSig history you would like to share, send them in and I'll get them published for everyone to enjoy.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" - 5/21/11

Announcing a new "Old Bro" event to take place on May 21, 2011 .....

Come out and see the UCLA baseball team take on the Cal Bears at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 21, 2011.  You might just run into an Old Bro or two while there .....

Last year's team advanced all the way to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in UCLA history, losing a best-of-three showdown with national champion South Carolina.  This year's squad started the season with four straight wins, but inconsistent play now has them sporting an 8-6 record with three quarters of the regular season to go.

Jackie Robinson Stadium, on the grounds of the VA Hospital just west of the 405, is an OUTSTANDING place to watch a ballgame.  Parking is available right next to the stadium for $7, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids (16 and under), and if you are a member of the UCLA Alumni Association (and have the card to prove it) you get in for FREE !!

Seating capacity is approx. 1,200, and all of the stadium style seats are along the base lines with great views of all the action.  There are concession stands as well as clean and well maintained restrooms.  It's a very family friendly environment, so bring the wife, the kids, the whole gang if you like.

BONUS -- If we can get a minimum of 15 people committed to attending the game, we can save a couple of bucks on each adult ticket by purchasing tickets as a group.

So, if you're interested in attending, send me a note and I'll get you some more specific info about this event.

Support our Bruins and say howdy to a few Old Bro's as well !!

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Inaugural "Old Bro" Lunch Event - 3/18/11

Last Friday a dozen Old Bro's gathered for a lunch get-together at the Il Fornaio restaurant in Old Town Pasadena.  The event was organized and hosted by Gary Schwary (EpSig 727), and those in attendance included (clockwise from left in the photo below) Michael J. Harness, Jim Kaldem, Lenny Poirier, Tuck Meador, Tom Larson, Mike LaCroix, Larry Mazzeo, Brett Rowley, Gary Schwary, Ed Mann, John Morris, and Dave Adelman.

Ernie Marchosky was a late arrival but stopped in to say howdy, on his way to Santa Anita to watch the ponies run.

Old Bro Network is glad to see Old Bro's getting together for something OTHER than a memorial service, and we encourage anyone to, like The Schwaz, put together an event like this one for the Old Bro's in your area.

If anyone does plan something like this, let me know about it and I'll publicize it on the Old Bro Network so everyone is aware of what's going on in the future.  Just look in the right hand column of this page for a list of upcoming "Old Bro" events, and drop me a note if you'd like more info about any of them.

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Chartering Banquet Official Invitation - 4/16/11

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Old Bro doing good in his community - Jim Kaldem

Old Bro Jim Kaldem (EpSig 735) sent in the following article about what he and his company are doing for school kids in their local community.

This Old Bro Network was founded on the idea of sharing GOOD news as well as bad, and this is a great example of just exactly that.  If anyone else has GOOD news they would like to share, send it to me and I'll get it posted for all to enjoy.

The article below MIGHT be a bit difficult to read, if so, here's a link to the article on the Pasadena Star News website:

Congratulations and three cheers to Jim and his team for establishing the Miller Dial Young Innovator Scholarship !!

Ernie Marchosky's Ticket Brokerage

Ernie Marchosky (EpSig 714) sent me a note the other day and asked me to pass along the following info:

I am in the process of syndicating out both LA Clippers and LA Kings tickets for next year.

LA Clippers tickets are Section 111, Row 4, Seats 15-16 (center court 4 rows up from floor).

LA Kings tickets are Section 112, Row 3, Seats 1-2 (blue line 3 rows off glass on aisle).

Parking included for both.

LA Clippers tickets are $335 per game, LA Kings tickets are $205 per game, including both tickets & parking.

I currently have commitments for 21 of the 41 LA Clippers home games, and for 10 of the 39 LA Kings home games.

I would like to sell in blocks of five games minimum, let me know if you are interested.

Ernie would also like to assure everyone that this is NOT a Ponzi scheme, and that he has NOT opened up any offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands to handle these transactions (well, not recently at least).

Just kidding, of course, give Ernie a holler if you're interested in obtaining tickets for a few games at Staples Center next year.

Photo above of the ticket broker himself from Chuck Campbell's EpSig2 collection on his Facebook page.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

"March Madness" - Old Bro style !!

It's that time of year again ..... and it looks like BOTH the UCLA men's and women's basketball teams are heading to the big dance once again !!

I'm sure that ALL of you Old Bro's out there will be cheering for our Bruins as they make their way into the NCAA tournament, and to make our voices heard even louder, the Old Bro Network would like to announce the addition of SEVEN new Old Bro's, bringing our updated roster count to 119.  In addition we would like to pass along updated information for ONE Old Bro.

UCLA sophomore power forward Reeves Nelson (right) is obviously stoked that more and more Old Bro's are joining the ranks.  Reeves has truly been a stud on this year's Bruin team, and he joins me in congratulating our most recent "Stud of the Week" recipients, who for this update are Willy Reese, Nick Svetcoff, B.J. Violett, Mark Gordon, David Gordon, and two-time recipient Chuck Campbell.
All of these Old Bro's mentioned above have either forwarded contact info or told other new Old Bro's about this network.  Their efforts have resulted in the addition of the following new Old Bro's .....

First up, we have our first "affiliate" member in the Old Bro Network. Jeff Rose (Zeta Eta #744) was initiated at UCSB prior to transferring down south to UCLA, where he learned that the Bruins have a MUCH better basketball history than the Gauchos.  Smart move, Jeff.

From the 800 zeta club, please welcome Steve Smith (EpSig 806), Mark Phillips (EpSig 826), and Russell Hirsch (EpSig 847).

Joining us from the ranks of the 900 zeta club are David Gordon (EpSig 913) and Keith Kline (EpSig 931)

Finally, from the 1100 zeta regime, please welcome Aaron Wright (EpSig 1111).

Also, Gary Horwitz (EpSig 846) sent in revised contact info.  Gary was actually included in last week's update, but I made a grievous error and forgot to mention him by name.  Consider that error now corrected, and Gary has agreed to NOT toss me into the Zeeb pool as punishment for my sins. 

All of the new and updated e-cards have been e-mailed out to everyone in order to update your own records.  As usual, if you have contact info for any Old Bro's NOT currently on the roster, send it in and I'll get them hooked up.

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