When it came to his participation as a Blue Devils Booster, our dad pretty much went wherever our mother told him to go and did whatever she told him to do in their BDB volunteer work and activities. However, there was one area that was all his doing: the bingo hall.
Dad loved flirting with the ladies at BD Bingo. He was one of the pull tab guys, and I quickly found out that he was a favorite of most of the female regulars. I remember coming into the hall one evening during my age-out year, and a group of ladies excitedly gushed about how wonderful my dad was and that I should be so proud that my father was so cute! They declared him their "lucky charm", and I'll never forget the huge cheesy grin of pride on my dad's face. It was absolutely priceless, and one of my favorite memories of him as a Blue Devils Booster.
Indeed, I am so proud of my father and all that he contributed to the corps, giving so much of his time and energy outside of his career as a civil engineer and his hobbies of being an avid sci-fi geek, fan of all of the Bay Area pro sports teams, a movie westerns aficionado, and a lover of classical, jazz, and early R&B records.
For both my brother and me, our love of music was inspired and nurtured by our father's love for music. Without his influence, inspiration and record collection, we may never have become Blue Devils. I speak on behalf of my family in saying we are happy to have shared him with the Concord Blue Devils organization - with each and all of you. Thank you for honoring his legacy through this grant.
Wishing you all the best,
Grace Cloyd - BD Alumni, "A Corps" Color Guard '92, '93', '94