Oral Histories

Interview of John B. Jackson (1984)

Manager of UCLA Publications Service and executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Devoted Alumnus: John B. Jackson
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
UCLA Student Leaders
Biographical Note:
Manager of UCLA Publications Service and executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Mink, James V.
Jackson, John B.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Freshman year at the University of California, Southern Branch; football at the Southern Branch; Ernest Carroll Moore and Psychology X; faculty at the Southern Branch; student life at the Southern Branch; William Spaulding comes to the Southern Branch; working on the yearbook; graduation; writing for William Fox Studios; working for Carl A. Bundy Quill and Press; working with colleges and universities on yearbooks; editing the Southern Alumnus; relations with the Berkeley Alumni Association; a phone call from Edward A. Dickson; working for the UCLA Alumni Association; difficulties on the job; expanding membership; the evolution of the alumni magazine; Alumni Association scholarship fund-raisers; academic homecoming; twenty-fifth anniversary of the campus; UCLA during the war years; fall homecoming; Rose Bowl showdown; homecoming programs; fighting for the parade; alumni tours and house parties; the president's tours; humorous incidents at the Alumni Association office; participation on the student executive council; Associated Students UCLA student government; beginning of football rivalry with University of Southern California (USC); hiring John R. Wooden and Red Sanders; sportscaster Al Santoro; the Red Sanders salary vote; the Royce Hall concert series; the Kerckhoff Hall dedication; Southern Alumnus football issue; wartime football; football highlight films; Alumnus of the Year Award; Charter Day dinners; the American Alumni Council; Bruin Clubs; alumni involvement in athletic recruiting; UCLA's thirtieth birthday celebration; qualities of the ideal alumni secretary; alumni secretaries through the years; struggle for a School of Engineering at UCLA; the early days of the School of Engineering; the effort to build a medical school at UCLA; the effort to build a law school at UCLA; organizing the Friends of the UCLA Library; names of UCLA buildings; Alumni Association scholarships; residence halls at UCLA; the alumni-varsity basketball game; 1939 football jamboree and USC-UCLA ticket drawing; student council reunion; wartime incidents; the Rose Bowl withdrawal issue; Ed Hummel and the Celts; the 1947 Rose Bowl and Alumni Association growth; various trophies; USC-UCLA Good Sportsmanship Luncheons; alumni Rose Bowl tickets; founding of the UCLA Art Council; founding of the UCLA Law Alumni and Business School Alumni; first UCLA football game televised to Southern California; Raymond B. Allen meets Ernest Carroll Moore; going to work for Walt Disney Studio; Disney books and magazines; back to UCLA in the office of publications; developing a new faculty handbook; Alumni Association distinguished service award.