September 9, 2006
GLENDALE ? Once more to the Rose Bowl 50-yard-line, Jim Brown will walk. The Glendale resident's playing days as a UCLA Bruins football player have long passed him by, but today he'll once again find himself standing at midfield in front of thousands of fans. Brown, who was a member of the 1954 Bruins National Championship team, will be the UCLA honorary captain for today's home game against visiting Rice. When contacted by the UCLA athletic department and proposed with the idea, Brown replied, "Of course, anybody would be [happy to do it]
March 29, 2006
Jim Brown spent most of his life at sea, sailing around the world on cruise ships. The 88-year-old Glendale resident worked for a cruise ship company for more than 30 years. He started his career as a mail clerk and worked his way up the ranks to chief purser, an officer who attends to the welfare of passengers and ship's personnel. Much of his work was during World War II. During the ship's voyages, Brown met several military and political figures, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, before he became president.
October 28, 2004
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan Jim Brown has an interesting tale about how the UCLA football team discovered him. While he was playing football for Loyola High in 1951, UCLA came to recruit Karl Rupke, who was a defensive end for Mt. Carmel, the Cubs' opponent on a fateful night. Brown, a Glendale resident, had the assignment of blocking Rupke. A long story put short, Brown looked like an All-American guard while blocking a supposedly star defender. That's why UCLA recruited Brown, who wasn't sought after by the Bruins before his game against Rupke.
January 26, 2004
Gary Moskowitz By the end of the afternoon, Supt. Jim Brown had danced to the song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" wearing a raisin costume, proudly admitted to once driving a Volkswagen Vanagon with a Grateful Dead sticker on it, and shared a few laughs and hugs with family and close friends. About 225 people, including Glendale Unified School District officials, family and friends, city officials and former colleagues attended a retirement celebration in Brown's honor Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
January 26, 2004
JEFF KEATING The Moose is loose, and he's going to be running at least five miles around your neighborhood every morning. OK, so he's not quite "loose" yet. Give him a few more days. Jim Brown, superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District, finishes his duties this week as he counts down the days to his official retirement date, which is Saturday. But hundreds of Brown's colleagues, profess- ional acquaintances and friends weren't waiting until the last minute to give him a big send-off.
January 24, 2004
Supt. Jim Brown cleaned out his fourth- floor school district office Friday for incoming Supt. Michael Escalante. Brown, who was hired by the Glendale Unified School District in 1996, retires Jan. 30. Escalante, superin- tendent of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, takes over as Glendale's new superin- tendent Feb. 2. Brown spent the latter part of this week gathering his belongings, and stumbled across several...
January 22, 2004
Members of Glendale Unified School District's counseling staff honored retiring Supt. Jim Brown during Tuesday's school board meeting by giving Brown a collection of music by George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Counselors referred to Brown, who is a Thorogood fan, as "bad to the bone," quoting a line from one of Thorogood's songs. Tuesday's board meeting was Brown's last official meeting as superintendent. Brown retires Jan. 31. Michael Escalante, superintendent of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, will replace Brown beginning Feb. 1. Board member Chuck Sambar read a written statement to Brown during the meeting, calling Brown an "outstanding educational leader" and thanking Brown for his "tremendous legacy of quality, excellence, vitality and vision."
October 25, 2003
As a special meeting on Tuesday confirmed, finding a successor for Glendale Unified School District Supt. Jim Brown isn't going to be an easy task. The legacy of Brown -- who plans to retire from the district Jan. 31 after serving as superintendent the past seven years -- came up a lot during a public forum sponsored by Leadership Associates, a search firm hired by the district to help find a new superintendent. "Mostly, everyone we have talked to wants a new superintendent with all the same qualities Jim Brown has," said Rene Townsend, a partner with Leadership Associates.
September 26, 2003
1Brown, right, is the superintendent of schools for the Glendale Unified School District, and Davitt is the president of Glendale Community College ... Brown and Davitt, much to the chagrin of their colleagues, this year announced their intent to retire ... Brown's retirement is effective Jan. 31... Davitt will stick around until June 2005, "unless they kick me out sooner," Davitt joked ... Both educators have lists of accomplishments at the local, county and state levels too long to list here ... Brown, while dealing with a $7-million budget cut to the school district last year, hosted several community meetings to explain how the district planned to get through it ... Davitt, during a budget deficit press conference hosted by local representatives earlier this year, eloquently and calmly asked politicians not to cut California Community Colleges funding, saying the cuts and tuition hikes were keeping community colleges from doing what they were designed to do -- to serve economically disadvantaged students.
July 31, 2003
For the Glendale Unified School District, the financial fallout from this year's state budget crisis will be substantial. In addition to a decrease from last year of $180 per pupil in state funds, the district won't see the state's cost-of-living increases, and might be restricted in its use of child-care funds. So although an approved budget eases some concerns and gets money flowing again, plenty of financial challenges lie ahead for the district. But another recent piece of news from the district, one having nothing to do with money, undoubtedly will have almost as widespread and serious an impact as the budget situation.