Wednesday, December 27, 2006
'I Want Every Man, Woman and Child'
During the week, Geoffrey Strand seems normal enough. The 59-year-old works for a Santa Monica financial services firm as a senior advisor. But on Saturdays in the fall, he puts on short pants, short socks, a baggy sweater and a newsboy cap and becomes the alumni cheerleader for UCLA. "No question, what I do is a little goofy," Strand told the L.A. Times in 2004. "People are surprised I do it. They say it's kind of quaint or odd. But that's the passion we have at UCLA. It's not contrived or marketed. It's real." This all started in 1976, when former Bruin coach Terry Donahue asked Strand to lead cheers for the alumni. Strand's fame is such today that he is invited to work Bruin birthday parties and pep rallies. To fulfill his commitments, he has to show up five hours before home games. On Wednesday night, Strand be leading the cheers when UCLA plays Florida State in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco.
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