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West Sac man one of nation’s oldest — and liveliest — stadium vendors

Howard Lowe shares some moves on  Westacre Road  (By AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

Howard Lowe shares some moves on
Westacre Road
(By AL ZAGOFSKY for the
News-Ledger)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

The “Nation’s Oldest Stadium Vendor” is what a Bay-area publication calls 74-year-old Howard “Crazy Legs” Lowe of West Sacramento.

While Lowe is both embarrassed and humbled by this claim, he nonetheless loves the publicity and the adoration he receives from the many fans he garnered while selling Kettle Corn in Raley Stadium and the major ballparks of San Francisco.

Crazy Legs loves to dance, and when he’s vending his sweet and salty Kettle Corn in stadiums like the Giants’ AT&T Park, and the loud speakers play out a country or rockabilly tune, he gets happy feet and rubber knees, and gets down—free styling to the music. And soon, the kids are up out of their seats shaking their booties along with him. Their parents soon follow and the whole aisle is a-groovin’.

Before the bankruptcy of Tower Records, Lowe worked in their West Sacramento warehouse, a job that had the unique benefit of periodic concerts from the recording artists. He remembers Allison Krauss, and the rapper Coolio, “who strutted through the warehouse with his entire entourage,” Lowe said. “The owner, Russ Solomon, liked to promote young bands, and he would have the musicians come out and play a set for the employees. We used to look forward to that all the time.”

A lifetime baseball addict, when he learned that the River Cats were coming to Raley Field, Lowe applied to work at the concessions—even before the stadium opened. During construction, he toured the stadium several times.

“May 15, 2000 was the first game for the River Cats,” Lowe remembers.  He was assigned to sell beer. It was a night game and drew a crowd of 15,000 people, and most of them had to stay in the concourse watching the thunder and lightning. “It was the most miserable weather. It was pitiful that night. Everybody hung out on the concourse eating food and drinking beer.”

Not liking beer, he transferred to guest services as an usher, transferred again into food service, and became a server. As a server, he would deliver meals from the kitchen to the patrons in the seating bowl.

“The first time I was doing this, I was carrying three or four cups of hot chocolate on a tray,” he explained. “I was trying to be really careful, and wouldn’t you know it—a foul ball landed right in the middle of the tray, right in the middle of the hot chocolates. I saw it coming but I couldn’t react fast enough.”

Lowe took to vending hotdogs, french fries, lemonade— just about everything that the vendors hustled, but as he started reaching his later 60s, he switched to “kettle corn because it was the lightest thing to carry.” He carries 15 to 20 bags in an old Crackerjack bag turned inside out.

While ushering and standing around and waiting, he started tapping his feet to the bluegrass song, Cotton-Eyed Joe.  “I felt the beat. I felt the music and I decided to be me,” Lowe said.  “I love people and I love music and I love sports. It just happened.”

Lowe always loved dancing, but it was at a bluegrass festival in South Sacramento Beach Lake Preserve where he became famous. “They started calling me Happy Feet, Rubber Legs, and Crazy Legs—and the name Crazy Legs stuck.”

Vending at Raley Field was tough work. “In the summers,  it can get really hot—sometimes over 100° in Sacramento, and almost as hot in the Bay area. I put crushed ice in a cloth underneath my baseball cap to keep cool.”

As Crazy Legs approached his 70th birthday in 2010, he was told that the River Cats concessions no longer required his services. Fortunately, during the times that the River Cats were on the road, he found vendor work at several stadiums in the San Francisco area.

And so, if you go to AT&T Park or some of the other stadiums in the Bay area, look for Crazy Legs, spring for a bag of his Kettle Corn, and shake your booty with the granddaddy of the stadium vendors.

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West Sac man one of nation’s oldest — and liveliest — stadium vendors

Howard Lowe shares some moves on  Westacre Road  (By AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

Howard Lowe shares some moves on
Westacre Road
(By AL ZAGOFSKY for the
News-Ledger)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

The “Nation’s Oldest Stadium Vendor” is what a Bay-area publication calls 74-year-old Howard “Crazy Legs” Lowe of West Sacramento.

While Lowe is both embarrassed and humbled by this claim, he nonetheless loves the publicity and the adoration he receives from the many fans he garnered while selling Kettle Corn in Raley Stadium and the major ballparks of San Francisco.

Crazy Legs loves to dance, and when he’s vending his sweet and salty Kettle Corn in stadiums like the Giants’ AT&T Park, and the loud speakers play out a country or rockabilly tune, he gets happy feet and rubber knees, and gets down—free styling to the music. And soon, the kids are up out of their seats shaking their booties along with him. Their parents soon follow and the whole aisle is a-groovin’.

Before the bankruptcy of Tower Records, Lowe worked in their West Sacramento warehouse, a job that had the unique benefit of periodic concerts from the recording artists. He remembers Allison Krauss, and the rapper Coolio, “who strutted through the warehouse with his entire entourage,” Lowe said. “The owner, Russ Solomon, liked to promote young bands, and he would have the musicians come out and play a set for the employees. We used to look forward to that all the time.”

A lifetime baseball addict, when he learned that the River Cats were coming to Raley Field, Lowe applied to work at the concessions—even before the stadium opened. During construction, he toured the stadium several times.

“May 15, 2000 was the first game for the River Cats,” Lowe remembers.  He was assigned to sell beer. It was a night game and drew a crowd of 15,000 people, and most of them had to stay in the concourse watching the thunder and lightning. “It was the most miserable weather. It was pitiful that night. Everybody hung out on the concourse eating food and drinking beer.”

Not liking beer, he transferred to guest services as an usher, transferred again into food service, and became a server. As a server, he would deliver meals from the kitchen to the patrons in the seating bowl.

“The first time I was doing this, I was carrying three or four cups of hot chocolate on a tray,” he explained. “I was trying to be really careful, and wouldn’t you know it—a foul ball landed right in the middle of the tray, right in the middle of the hot chocolates. I saw it coming but I couldn’t react fast enough.”

Lowe took to vending hotdogs, french fries, lemonade— just about everything that the vendors hustled, but as he started reaching his later 60s, he switched to “kettle corn because it was the lightest thing to carry.” He carries 15 to 20 bags in an old Crackerjack bag turned inside out.

While ushering and standing around and waiting, he started tapping his feet to the bluegrass song, Cotton-Eyed Joe.  “I felt the beat. I felt the music and I decided to be me,” Lowe said.  “I love people and I love music and I love sports. It just happened.”

Lowe always loved dancing, but it was at a bluegrass festival in South Sacramento Beach Lake Preserve where he became famous. “They started calling me Happy Feet, Rubber Legs, and Crazy Legs—and the name Crazy Legs stuck.”

Vending at Raley Field was tough work. “In the summers,  it can get really hot—sometimes over 100° in Sacramento, and almost as hot in the Bay area. I put crushed ice in a cloth underneath my baseball cap to keep cool.”

As Crazy Legs approached his 70th birthday in 2010, he was told that the River Cats concessions no longer required his services. Fortunately, during the times that the River Cats were on the road, he found vendor work at several stadiums in the San Francisco area.

And so, if you go to AT&T Park or some of the other stadiums in the Bay area, look for Crazy Legs, spring for a bag of his Kettle Corn, and shake your booty with the granddaddy of the stadium vendors.

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RCHS grad adjusts to life as college student and college basketball player

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School
Journalism Class

Everyone knows that if you want to get anywhere in life, you can’t do it alone. However, one can’t reach their goals in life without hard work and ambition that comes from one’s self and this is true for current Junior at Point Loma Nazarene University and River City High School Graduate, Jordan Ligons of the class of 2012.

“I really want to leave a stamp, make an impact even, everywhere that I’ve been,” said Ligons.

JORDAN LIGONS   (River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

JORDAN LIGONS
(River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

Ligons is point guard for her San Diego school women’s basketball team, “The Sea Lions.” Just being a basketball player is a daunting task, however Jordan took her college experience to a whole other level.

In addition to playing basketball, Ligons is majoring in journalism and is the editor of the arts and entertainment page of Point Loma’s paper, “The Point,” as well as being the first student liaison on the board of directors for the San Diego Press Club.

Aland Hoermann, who has taught Journalism at River City for six years, named Ligons his editor-in-chief for “OuRCity News” during his first year on the job. She held the position from her sophomore year until she graduated.

“She comes from a very supportive family, she just had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and she was a natural leader,” said Hoermann. “She was always very positive, she was never condescending to other students… How she was in journalism is how she was on the basketball court.”

Having made her mark on RCHS’s journalism program, Ligons has made an impression on her current journalism advisor at Point Loma. Some of her work at Point Loma can be found at lomabeat.com.

College journalism director Dean Nelson says, “We feel fortunate to have Jordan with us. Her talent, enthusiasm, passion, fierce independence, curiosity and professional drive are very contagious. We’ll all be reading her byline someday.”

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.   (photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.
(photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

Although her freshman year at college was a struggle because of the new environment and the larger work load, Ligon’s is adjusting.

Ligons says, “By setting those goals it allowed myself to put everything in perspective–I am at this beautiful school, gaining an education and playing the sport I love. It made me realize this is only the beginning of an amazing experience called college!”

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RCHS athletes sign ‘letters of intent’

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley (Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley
(Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Two student-athletes from River City high School signed their ‘letters of intent’ to commit to a particular college and its sports program in a ceremony on campus on Friday.
Ashlend Rodiguez will attend the University of West Alabama to play softball next fall.  Aliyah Brantley will go to Menlo College to play basketball.
Both students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at River City, and each has played for the school varsity-level team since her freshman year.

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RCHS basketball stand-outs honored; King gets ‘coach of the year’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —

Several basketball players from River City High School have been honored as “all league” selections of the Sierra Valley Conference for their winter-season sports performance.

In boys basketball, the all-league honorees are Mike Briscoe, Richard DeSilva, Jalen Davis and Xaxier Francois.

In girls basketball, selections were led by “most valuable player” Tori Torres, and included fellow all-leaguers Carmen Garcia, Aliyah Brantley and Makaila Robinson.

The girls’ coach, Jamie King, was named “Coach of the Year” for his sport by the conference. His Raider team went 24-5 for the regular season and was 12-0 in league play.

 

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Basketball: cops versus firefighters

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will take on the city’s police department in a charity basketball game on Saturday, May 11. The game starts at 6 p.m. at River City High School. Tickets ($3/adults, $2/children) are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic programs.

The school is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

 

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Bridgeway takes school hoops crown

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 27, 2013 —

BY DON SCHATZEL —

Bridgeway wins the Washington Unified School District girls basketball crown!

DON SCHATZEL: former West Sacramento Parks Director and occasional News-Ledger columnist

DON SCHATZEL: former West Sacramento Parks Director and occasional News-Ledger columnist

As reported by the  coaches:

Bridgeway Island Elementary School finished their very dominant season undefeated by beating Westmore Oaks Elementary, 37-27.

Nia and Tiana Lowery demonstrated great teamwork throughout the season and Alissa Klein and Zyrian Sambrano were leading scorers.

Westmore made it to the Championship game by defeating Southport Elementary, 21-18. Westmore raced off to a 9-0 first quarter start and never looked back.

Taylor Jackson scored 8 for Westmore and  Citalli Injunza tallied three 3-pointers. Lilly Stall  was an excellent point guard and Cammy Scott a dominant rebounder. Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd and Jackie Ayon were all  excellent team play standouts for Westmore Oaks.

Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd, Jackie Ayon all pointed out by their coach as great contributors to the successful Westmore season.

Boys basketball is now underway, with volleyball to follow!

Congratulations to Our Lady of Grace girls basketball, for making the move this year from the recreational division to the competitive division. Julianna Calles, Loren Bykowski, Krystal Robles, Madelyn Southard and Sydney Galvan are the starting lineup for OLG. The team is coached by Jeff Southard.

With elementary school teams prospering so much, is it any wonder why the  girls basketball program at River City is now so successful?

Speaking of moving up to “competitive”: Congratulations to the West Sacramento Soccer League, and Alberto Torrico and friends, for creating a new Metro soccer division for the “Best of the Best” soccer players in West Sacramento. The group has already held two free soccer clinics at River City High. The clinics were well attended, very educational, and the players very much enjoyed the challenge presented by the coaches preparing for the Metro season. Tryouts are scheduled soon in February and March for those players ages 10-18 who want to be on the best teams and play the best opponents in the area.

It’s a great soccer move to challenge West Sacramento best players to be the best.  Tryouts are scheduled for  February 23 and March 9 (see item on back page of this newspaper). Each age group has a specific time for their particular tryout.

Don’t forget: West Sacramento Little League and West Sacramento Girls softball are continuing to register as is the West Sacramento swim team  for yet another very, very busy summer here in West Sacramento!

[adrotate group=”7″]  The seasons start soon for soccer and softball,  and confidence and optimism are very high for River City’s softball and soccer teams. All of our great young players are not so young anymore and many are now at River City. Good luck to all!

The Centennials are at it again.  Centennial Rotary club of West Sacramento members Walt James,

Tony Schwall, Ron Morazzini, Buzz Jones and Tom Engle replaced a 400 square foot roof on a building at the Yolo County fair grounds site in Woodland. The Yolo County Fair is an annual free event and great fun for the family held every summer. Centennial Rotary is the hardest working club in Rotary!!

Now open: La Patisseurie De la Foi. This is a pastry shop in the West Sacramento Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue, close to the Post Office. It’s open  Monday through Friday mornings starting at 7 a.m. It’s a great place for pastries prepared by teen center members who are supervised by a Cordon Bleu trained chef. Proceeds support the teen center at the same time. Great treats, and they’re in town, on your way to work!

Thanks to everyone who has mentioned to me they read these articles. I hope it helps all of us enjoy our community just a little bit more. Spring and summer are right around the corner!

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