As a student at Loyola University in “the old days,” I and thousands of others loved our football team, the Lions. After a very successful (9-1) 1951 season, and with good prospects for 1952, the university decided to go “big time” and abandon the friendly, homey confines of Gilmore Field and move into the Rose Bowl. A couple of big-time opponents were scheduled (you could do that in those days) to open the season. The big boys trampled us, and the fans, most of whom opposed the move, stayed away in droves. Faced with a deficit, Loyola moved swiftly, changing the administration and canceling the football program, killing the joy and spirit of thousands of followers.
I believe the same fate lies in store for the Pasadena Pops. My wife and I are longtime members; we were there for the June 19 opening (A Night in The Tropics), which was fantastic, and will be there on Sept. 11 (Genius Loves Company).