John Wooden quotes are revered because of what Wooden has accomplished in his life – and that John Wooden is still here to speak them. In fact, John Wooden is one year away from an even bigger milestone than his countless national championships. John Wooden quotes are being remembered today because it is his 99’th birthday, making him just shy of 100. The longevity of John Wooden’s life is just as impressive as the longevity of his UCLA dynasty, and both are being remembered fondly today.
The tributes to John Wooden, his notable quotes, and his victories are best symbolized in the Los Angeles Times today. The paper listed 99 important facts about his life, which many Wooden fans likely already know by heart. But it all began for John Wooden in Martinsville, Indiana, where he was born on October 14, 1910.
The LA Times list goes on to mark Wooden’s accomplishments as a player, his rise through the coaching ranks, his famed career at UCLA, and his work after his retirement from coaching. Even at 99, and even after being retired for almost 25 years, Wooden still stays busy – and is even releasing another book today called “A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with John Wooden.”
Peppered among the list are a series of John Wooden quotes that serve as his trademark. His famed quotes range from “Learn as if you were to live forever; live as it you were to die tomorrow” to “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”
John Wooden’s quotes and historic life are being honored today, but it is only a prelude to what next year will bring. When Wooden reaches his 100’th birthday, UCLA will lead the celebrations by opening their renovations to Pauley Pavilion, which has a court named after Wooden and his wife. Of course, the ceremony will be even more special if Wooden lives to see his 100’th birthday, and most hope and expect that he will.
Wooden still attends most of the UCLA home games, and still gives speeches wherever he can, giving out new and old quotes to live by. He has now lived by them for exactly 99 years, and gotten one of the most historic coaching careers of all time out of it. Living a full century would merely be one final milestone.
Los Angeles Times- “On his 99’th birthday, 99 things about John Wooden” www.latimes.com/sports/college/basketball/la-sp-john-wooden14-2009oct14,0,7609241.story
Happy Birthday Coach Wooden- happybirthdayjohnwooden.com/guestbook/
Yahoo Sports- “Happy 99’th Birthday, Coach Wooden” rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Happy-99th-Birthday-Coach-Wooden