P.S. from below: I wanted to add that Monty Montana has lassoed me in several parades over the years, and later when I was a judge on the stand, he recognized me and put a rope around me, he was a talent, unique person and quite the showman. Jo
1953, I was the official Tournament of Roses twirler/ drum majorette leading the Pasadena City College 130 piece band stepping off first for the 7 mile ( back then )twirling/strutting parade route. I also later years was the only paid Tournament of Roses twirler leading the Tommy Walker Toppers Band which was always sponsored by Dr. Pepper or other sponsors. Tommy had been drum major for U.S.C. and also did the place kicks for the football team, changing his drum major shako for a football helmet. Later years Tommy Walker was with Disneyland as one of the heads of Entertainment and his father Vissey was the first Band Director for the Disney marching band. Tommy also was hired to do the music for opening of the Roraring twenties for Knott's Berry Farm ( the rides ) my husband Bernie Gottlieb known professionally as Bernie Bernard was hired to back the dancers and show and co ordinate the television production from KTLA CH 5 from Knott's. Myself , mother, my children were all so very proud of their Dad.
Barbara Ann..isn't there a song about that name? Yes, I remember Monty as well. I was living more in central LA but he was there too..just about every year
What halcyon days I enjoyed as a child out in the San Fernando Valley.
Monty Montana came to our school with his horse. We gathered around them as MM did his rope tricks. I welll remember his beautiful pinto horse.
Now, decades later we live in Pasadena, California. The Rose Parade is wonderful with all the equestrium teams and, of course the floats!
Sunny Murchison and Lil Sunny Lee
P.S. His horse's tack was gorgeous!
CZ328 2000 CAMEL BLUE SQUARE
1960's Vintage "Puppy Cola" Bottle Squeaky Dog Rubber Chew Toy Collectable Advertising Character
CZ614 2003 CAMEL BLACK ICE WESTERN
CZ185 1998 CAMEL MEDIUM EUROPEAN PACK