Setting the scene from the John Wooden public memorial

Jeff Eisenberg


The public memorial celebrating John Wooden's life won't start until 11 a.m. PST, but hundreds of early arrivals at Pauley Pavilion are being treated to a comprehensive video dedicated to the legendary coach's UCLA dynasty.

Among the sports luminaries that have already shown up: Dodgers manager Joe Torre, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and former Arizona coach Lute Olson, all good friends of Wooden.

Everyone attending the memorial will receive a copy of the pyramid of success with the following quote from Wooden: "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being."

Ushers at the door are also handing out a program with an itinerary for the memorial and a poem Wooden wrote late in his life entitled "Don't Look Back" that explains why he didn't fear death. On the back of the program is a photo of Wooden with his arm around his late wife Nell under the title "A Celebration of Life."

Here's a look at the full the schedule of events for the 90-minute memorial after the jump including a list of speakers:

• Music -- Deirdre Mary Rodgers "Galway Bay"

• Opening Remarks -- Al Michaels, UCLA play-by-play announcer from 1973-75

• Invocation -- Pastor Janelle Vaughan

• Gene Block, UCLA chancellor

• Dan Guerrero, UCLA athletic director

• Video: Dick Enberg

• Ben Howland, UCLA basketball coach

• Video: Charles E. Young, UCLA chancellor emeritus

• Jamaal Wilkes, UCLA 1972-74

• Video: Anna Li, The Wooden Academy

• Keith Erickson, UCLA 1963-65

• Video: Judy Olian, John Wooden Global Leadership

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA 1967-69

• Video: Vin Scully

• Pastor Dudley Rutherford

• Closing Remarks -- Al Michaels

• Video -- John Wooden "In His Words"