Tale Of Two Openings

When USC unveiled Tommy Trojan in 1930, the respected actor George Arliss attended the ceremony. One of the speakers at the Hecuba ceremony was former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a graduate of UCLA. USC went out of its way to note Villaraigosa’s daughter attended USC and he taught at the university.

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  • Grammymb

    That is really reaching to the bottom of the barrel.

    • j metaphor

      You mean teaching at USC?


        Attending ucla



  • Evil Robot

    You mean the guy who won an Oscar for performing in brown face? I guess Al Jolson was busy that week. Way to keep it topical.

    • marvgoux1

      Actually he won an Oscar for playing British leader Disraeli. You can lead the leftist mob to descecrate his grave stone at Harrow Weald Cemetery.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Not to get political (because political comments never post here, LOL)…

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Tony Villar is a typical ugly honk. He is a liar , cheat, and whinny little girl

    • Independent_George

      That may be true, but without him, Bernie Parks and the anti-gentrification brigade might have litigated the Village into oblivion, so if you are a USC supporter, and you believe the Village is a good thing, give credit where credit is due.

      • Alvarado

        I had no idea of his involvement – never liked him but none of us are all evil nor perfect – thanks for the info.

      • Pasadena Trojan

        Bernie is an SC alumni, so why would he be against it?

        • Alvarado

          Have you ever had any interaction with Parks? Talk to any one who was with LAPD during his stint as Chief and ask them how they were treated – a condescending son of a ——. A real nasty piece of work. He’d leave line personnel waiting 40 minutes – 1 hour while his cortege would prepare itself for his arrival.

          He was a huge impediment when USC was arranging the negotiations for the Coliseum oversight

          • Independent_George

            And as a politician, he was well known for his grandstanding. Thus his self-image as the black David versus big, evil, white, community destroying USC.

        • Independent_George

          Not really. He has a master’s in public admin but it’s a degree you need if you want to rise in the LAPD ranks. But he DOES NOT BLEED cardinal and gold. He was also the single biggest opponent to USC getting the coliseum lease.

          • gotroy22

            Really? I always saw him at SC games at the Coliseum Commission tent schmoozing it up with the other local celebrities. He had me fooled he was a big SC alum… maybe he was more loyal to the Coliseum Commission?

  • Independent_George

    He is speaking because he pretty much paved the way for the Village being built. Like him or not, without his support, the Bernie Parks’ of the City Council would have grandstanded the expansion into a never ending EIC report.


    Antonio Villaraigosa = reprobate.

  • steveg

    Sure hope the antifa from ucla leave the statues alone.

    • gotroy22

      They will find some reason to deface them.