Calif. Post Office Named for UCLA Legend
Oct. 14, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden got a special gift for his 96th birthday Saturday _ a San Fernando Valley post office dedicated in his honor.
University of California, Los Angeles, cheerleaders were on hand and the school's alumni band played ``Happy Birthday.''
Wooden, looking dapper in a navy suit and bolo tie, told a crowd in front of a blocked-off street that he was humbled and appreciative, said Richard Maher, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.
Wooden coached UCLA for 27 years, retiring in 1975 with a record of 620-147 and 10 national titles.
Legislation to dedicate the Reseda post office for Wooden was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and signed by President Bush in August. A plaque noting the dedication will be placed inside the building, Maher said.
Wooden has lived in nearby Encino for more than 30 years but his local post office was renamed in 2002 in honor of the late Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. Wooden's daughter, Nancy Muehlhausen, lives in Reseda. She and Wooden's son, Jim, were on hand for the dedication.