The Rich & Famous of Upland....I wonder if any of them remember me they remember me?

Well at least a couple of them.....

Ricky Adams, Was a Major League Baseball pitcher.....This can't be the same Ricky Adams I knew....He died while swimming off of Malibu back in the 70's....Ricky Adams was born on Wednesday, January 21, 1959, in Upland, California.....Adams was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 15, 1982, with the California Angels.....He retired from baseball in 1985 after playing for one year with the San Francisco Giants.

Kevin Ara, Professional soccer player; Ara played his college soccer at Harvard University, where he had a rather distinguished career.....While at Harvard, he was named first team All-Ivy twice, second team once, was named first team All-New England twice and an NCAA All-American.....Ara was placed on the short list of finalists for the prestigious Herman Trophy during his senior season.....After graduating from Harvard, Ara was selected 24th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.....Ara, managed to make an impact and earned significant playing time during his 2004 rookie season while winning a championship with DC United.....After the 2004 season, Ara was selected 18th overall by Real Salt Lake in the Expansion Draft.....Kevin was born in Upland in 1982

Jim Bray, actor; His claim to fame is staring opposite Linda Blair in a low budget film in 1979 called Roller Boogie.....I have actually watched some of this movie on Fox Movie Channel.....It was what you might call, a dollar short and a day late....The studio killed any chance of a repeat, when the roller Boogie fad faded into the backwaters of Rock and Roll "One Single Wonders" with Disco.

LaVar Christensen, was born and raised in Upland, California but his family is originally from Utah.....His great great grandfather was a member of Utah’s first territorial House of Representatives.....Christensen is an attorney with a broad legal background in Real Estate Development.....He received his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.....While in Law School, he was a Legislative Assistant for the Governor of California and Law Clerk for Judge Rothwell B. Mason.....He is married to Susan Kay Christensen.....They have three children. Christensen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).....I dated Susan's Mother while in High School....How's that for knowing the family.

Rollie Fingers, Major League Baseball relief pitcher; Rollie was one grade ahead of me, and when I was a Freshman at Upland High, I was actually in a game against him....I didn't even see the ball as it screamed past me at 102 mph....Rollie was born August 25, 1946 in Steubenville, Ohio.....Rollie was so good that he played in the minors when he was still a senior at Upland....We went several times to watch him pitch at Ontario and Uplands Memorial Minor league Stadiums....Rollie, is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1968–76), San Diego Padres (1977–80) and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–85).....In addition to his pitching ability, he was noted for his handlebar moustache which he originally grew to get a $300 bonus from Athletics owner Charles O. Finley.

Rollie was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer in the early 90's....He spent some time with his mom and dad in Fontana....As far I know, he has recovered and still lives in the IE....(If that information is incorrect someone please let me Know)

Tiffany Mynx, adult film star; (born Shannon Cummings October 10, 1971 in Upland, California) Too young for me to know since i had already left for my second tour of Vietnam in 1971, i have seen her in some educational films as the state used to describe adult movies....As of recently, Tiffany has starred in more than 350 porn movies and has directed The Toe Story.....She owns two production companies, Pagan Pictures and Tiffany Mynx Productions.....And I own a couple of Her Movies.....In 2001, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.

Joe Ruttman, NASCAR driver; (born October 28, 1944, in Upland, California), is a former driver in all 3 NASCAR national divisions and a 13 time winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the seventh most wins by any driver in the Truck Series. He made his Grand National debut in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway and ran a full Winston Cup schedule from 1982 through 1984, 1986, and 1991 and finished 12th in series points in 1983, his best cup season result. Ruttman almost won his first Cup race in the 1982 Richmond race, Ruttman was leading comfortably until his Rod Osterlund owned car's power steering went out and hit the wall ending his chances. The caution handed Dave Marcis the win when it rained and Marcis stayed out when all of the leaders pitted. He was one of the drivers in the first Craftsman Truck Series season and won 2 races that year on his way to finishing second in the inaugural championship. He continued to be a full time driver in the truck series until 2001, winning 11 more series races and made his last truck series start at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. He made seven Nextel Cup starts in 2004 and one Busch Series start in 2005 and considers himself "semi-retired"......**Note: He is semi retired because in 2004, he ran a Nextel race without a crew....He received a 3 year suspension, and hopes to return to racing this year....His brother Troy, also races but with slightly better numbers and results.

Steve Scott, American record holder in the mile at 3:47; He was born in Upland in 1956....He went to Upland High, then attended one year at Chaffey, then transferred to USC at Irvine.....He still holds many school records and the UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational is named after him......Steve ran 136 sub-4:00 miles in his career, more than any other runner in history.....He later became the head men's and women's cross country and track coach at Cal State San Marcos.....In 1994 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but underwent surgery and made a full recovery.....He later received an OBE for his services to sport....I never met Steve, but know or knew his father because of my work.

Alexis Serna, winner of the 2005 Lou Groza Award for best college place kicker, is most noted recently for kicking 4 field goals against USC for Oregon State, ending USC's impressive 38 game winning streak....Alexis was born in Upland in 1985.

Sean Tracey, (born November 14, 1980, in Upland, California) is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles ball club. He is an alumnus of the University of California, Irvine.....He most recently got into a verbal argument in the dugout with the Orioles Manager and was promptly sent down to the minors....Some guys just don't know when to keep their mouths shut, do they Sean.....His mother agrees.

Gary Hall, the ghostpainter

Additional sources: Personal notes on Rollie Fingers and Steve Scott, and open source online dictionaries.


James E. Bamber was the youngest man ever to ever serve as the San Bernadino County Bar Association President. As a partner in the law firm, which he founded, he also served the community with organizations such as the Rotary club and coached many youth sports such as Upland Foothill Little Leauge, in which they dedicated a batting practice area in his memorial. Upland was truly blessed to have this great man as one of her own.

I grew up with Rick Adams from elementary to high school in Upland. We were in the same class. He lived 3 blocks from me. You have his birthdate as 1959, but it should be 1949. We were in the graduating class of 1967 at Upland High School.

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