Darryl Dunn is general manager of the Rose Bowl Stadium and that's no small job.
He oversees everything from facilities to finances, maintains relationships with biggies in the worlds of sports and entertainment, reports to the Rose Bowl Operating Company Board, and is a dedicated family man to boot.
Every year Darryl, Assistant General Manager Jess Waiters and I work on a top-secret, goofball presentation that is made at the annual dinner for key officials of the Tournament of Roses Association, City of Pasadena and Rose Bowl Operating Company. I'd show you but then I'd have to kill you.
Tuesday of last week we were in Darryl's office at the stadium, busily putting the finishing touches on our wacky ideas the day before the big event, and I took the liberty of snapping these photos of him during a casual moment. He's holding a commemorative football that was given to guests at the dinner (including yours truly).
Dang camera strap!
A couple of years after I left the City of Palm Springs to come to Pasadena, Darryl was working with a minor league baseball team there. I'm sorry our paths never crossed in the desert but I'm grateful we've worked together so well here.