September 2019 (3) Candygrams

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Monday, September 23, 2019---John Jackson Jr. at USC's Monday Morning Quarterback meeting

At the Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQ) meeting, after Coach Helton finished his presentation about the USC victory over Utah on Friday, September 20th, he opened the question session. After a few questions, everyone in the Galen Center Founder's Room saw a familiar face. John Jackson Jr. walked in the door to join us. John had been the host of Monday Morning Quarterback for years until he suffered a major stroke in December 2018. Coach Helton acknowledged John's presence and asked if John had a question for him.

With his usual big smile, John asked, "When is John Jackson III going to play?" John Jackson III is John's son. CLICK HERE FOR A PICTURE of John Jr. and John III from my blog (4/28/2016). Coach Helton only smiled at John and didn't answer his question. In a few more minutes, MMQ was over.

Trojan Candy went over to visit with my friend John Jackson, whom I first met when I was volunteering at Heritage Hall in 2009.

1034Since cameras are not allowed at MMQ, I used my cellphone to take this picture of John with my friend Valerie Sampson.

1037Then, Valerie returned the favor. She took this picture of my sister Patti Poon, myself, John and my brother-in-law Dudley Poon. It was so nice to see John and his beautiful smile again!

I could see that John has made an unbelievable recovery from his stroke, a miracle indeed, but he still has a long road to full recovery ahead. If you would like to help John in his recovery, a "Go Fund Me" account has been set up for him by David Parker. Go to to show your support.

Keep Fighting On, John!

Friday, September 20, 2019---USC vs Utah

My husband Jim and I arrived at the Coliseum early for our football game against Utah. We were very tired because we had to arrive early on campus for Dr. Carol Folt's Inauguration. The Coliseum was very empty, but the west side of the Coliseum was not. Fox Sports 1 had already set up a tent for their studio. Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were preparing for their broadcast.

The teams started to warm up.
After the warm-ups, our team huddled together. Look carefully, Senior Captain Michael Pittman is in the middle of the huddle rallying the team.
Nearby was the Fox Sports 1 Booth. Matt Leinart has his back to us, and Reggie Bush is to his right.
Now it was game time. My video shows our team entering from the tunnel and the coin flip.
Now for the kickoff.
This is our first offensive play.
Here is our first defensive play.
Our Special Team blocked a Utah field goal attempt!
Our Special Team blocked another Utah field goal attempt!
Watch the "Projans" segment on the big board.
Our 2019-2020 Men's Basketball Team was introduced.
Dr. Bartner and the Spirit of Troy honored Dr. Carol Folt at halftime.
After Freshman Markese Stepp scored his touchdown, he tossed the football to Reggie Bush and earned an unsportsmanlike conduct infraction.
Our quarterback Matt Fink was doing well.
Our receivers Michael Pittman and Amon-Ra St. Brown were also doing well.
Michael Pittman did very well!
Here is the final play of the game.
We Beat Utah!
My sister Patti and I talked with friend and USC Football alumnus Abe Markovitz as he was leaving.