Coach John Wooden Passes Away At Age 99

I was saddened to hear tonight that John Wooden, known as the “Wizard of Westwood” and one of the best basketball coaches of all time, passed away at 99  years of age today.

I just read a great obituary and tribute to Coach Wooden in the USA Today tonight and want to share my favorite parts of the piece by David Leon Moore:

“He was a better person than a basketball coach” – Current UCLA Coach Ben Howland

“He didn’t teach basketball, he taught life” – Bill Walton

“The greatest accomplishment in my life is the fact that almost all of my players graduated and almost all of them have done well in their professions’ – John Wooden

Thank you Coach Wooden for all that you did and for the many lives you shaped and influenced in your nearly 100 years on this Earth.  May God Bless You.

June 5 Update – here are some links from the LA Times this morning too.

Finally, I want to re-post something I wrote last October to celebrate Coach Wooden’s 99th birthday:

John Wooden on his 96th Birthday - from Wikipedia

Happy Birthday John Wooden

Today is Coach John Wooden’s 99th birthday.

John Wooden is well-known as the UCLA basketball coach from 1948 to 1975, and for the basketball dynasty he created by winning 10 NCAA titles during a 12-year stretch from 1963 to 1975.  He has written several books, and his latest one – “A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with John Wooden” – is being released today.

In the LA Times today, writer Mike Penner wrote 99 things you may or may not know about John Wooden.  This article is like a mini-biography and provides highlights of his life.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Mike’s article:

“Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow.”

“Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self given; be careful.”

“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

John Wooden is also famous for his Pyramid of Success which lists John’s 15 qualities of personal success.  It took Coach Wooden over 15 years to fill in the boxes on his pyramid, and he views it as a ‘personal roadmap to pursuing, and at times, achieving Competitive Greatness.’  Wooden freely shares his pyramid, his wisdom and his approach to success.  You can learn more about the Pyramid of Success and download a printable copy along with other resources from

John Wooden Pyramid of Success from

Coach Wooden shared his philosophy on the difference between winning and success in this TED video in 2001.

You can send birthday wishes to Coach Wooden through this website.  The goal is to have 9,999 people wish him happy birthday and they are just shy of 3,000 currently. Take minute today to reflect on Coach Wooden’s Pyramid and to learn just a little more about this great man.


What’s On Your iPhone?

Whats On My iPhone (you can take a picture of your iPhone screen by holding home and power buttons)

What's On My iPhone (you can take a picture of your iPhone screen by holding home and power buttons)

There are so many iPhone apps to choose from and it is so easy to add new applications, how do you decide which ones are considered ‘essential’ and need to be on your home screen.  I actually have 5 pages of applications on my iPhone or more than 75 apps, but many have only been used once.

So if you could only have 20 iPhone applications, which ones would you pick?  I spent some time yesterday and today winnowing down my list and re-arranging my homescreen to the applications that I either use daily or consider essential.  To make this exercise more fun, I am tagging a couple of friends who have iPhones so they can share their favorite apps and home screens too.

Derek Showerman, Geoff Brown, Jim Storer and Aaron Strout – what’s on your iPhone?  Feel free to join in, add a link to your list and tag others with this question.

Here’s what’s on my iPhone:

Top Row

  • Camera – you have to have the camera in the top row so you can easily share pictures by email, Flickr or Twitter.
  • Settings – I’m constantly turning the wifi on and off to maximize the battery, so it is essential to have my settings in a key space.
  • Calendar – while I don’t really use the calendar function much yet, I hope to become more digital in keeping track of meetings and family events.
  • App Store – how can you find even more apps to add to your phone without having the Apps Store at your fingertips?

Second Row

  • The Weather Channel – because it’s essential to know what’s going on around you.
  • Maps – I love the idea that my iPhone knows exactly where I am even if I don’t.
  • Citibank – I’m a Citibank customer and this is a great implementation of Citibank’s Internet banking.
  • Wikipanion – because you never know when you will need Wikipedia to settle a bar bet.

Third Row

  • SMS – I’m not a big texter yet, but I do like the idea of being able to quickly reach out to someone with a text message.
  • Yelp – I think this is the best way to find restaurants and other services.
  • Pandora – this is my favorite Internet radio service – and I’m always listening to my Natalie Merchant mix when I spend time alone in the car.
  • TwitterFon – while I don’t Twitter too much on my iPhone, this app is my favorite choice if I have to.

Fourth Row

  • NY Times – I enjoy reading the NY Times when I sit in my daughter’s room at night waiting for her to fall asleep.
  • USA Today – this is a great way to get the USA Today and they also let you easily share the stories on Twitter and by email.
  • – it’s baseball season again and this is how I keep track of the Angels and Dodgers (and to see whether the Red Sox are losing).  I haven’t sprung for the paid version yet, but the season is still young.
  • Suduko – this is for my wife (who is a big suduko fan) when she puts our daughter down to bed at night.

Permanent Row – these applications are why you have an iPhone, right?

  • Phone
  • Contacts
  • Safari
  • Mail – and I have 3 mail accounts set-up – my Yahoo and Gmail accounts and my wife’s Yahoo account

Honorable Mention – these apps were close, but didn’t make the cut as they are ones that I could do without if I had to:  Just Light Flashlight, NPR Mobile, Facebook, LinkedIn, Calculator and Bloomberg.

BTW, if you need to move and re-arrange your application icons, you can do so by holding down any application icon for 5 seconds.  This will make the icons jiggle and then you can drag the icon to another screen or delete them.