Los Angeles Times The beloved man everyone called Coach was not an indigenous species in this capital of flummery and celebrity.
Like many Californians, John Wooden was an immigrant from the plains of the Midwest. But he had arrived from Indiana at the age of 37 with principles such as honor and family learned to the level of instinct. Among the sports glitterati of Los Angeles, he stood out like a stalk of corn in a field of arugula.
Of course, he didn’t want to come here in the first place. When UCLA asked him to coach its basketball team back in 1948, Wooden and his wife, Nell, were hoping for a different invitation