Donor Supporters

Jessie Ong

Alhambra Source provides objective and important news reporting for our community.

Efren Moreno, Former Alhambra Mayor

Thank you Alhambra Source for truly informing the residents of Alhambra.

Jeff Maloney, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source has become an important source for news, public interest, and serious journalism in our community. Keep it up!

Sara Harris

As a career journalist and EJ advocate, I see community-based media like the Alhambra Source as crucial to democracy and equality.

Chris Olson

I support Alhambra Source as often as I can because I believe a free and independent press is vital to the democratic process. No other news outlet with high journalistic standards consistently covers the stories and issues that matter to our community.

Adele Andrade Stadler, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source is a great independent newspaper that celebrates the communities and is not afraid to ask the tough questions!

Cliff Bender, Vice President, Alhambra Education Foundation

I want to know what's going on in my community- News, events, and human interest stories. The Alhambra Source gives me the information I need.

Joyce & Oscar Amaro, Alhambra Preservation Group

We support Alhambra Source because this online news source is vitally important in engaging, informing and educating the residents of Alhambra.

Laura Vasquez

Alhambrans need to know the truth about our area!

Michael Lawrence, Alhambra Arts Commissioner

Keep bringing on the stories. The Source has given us so much and I am happy to donate to such an important part of our community.

Karsen Luthi

Thank you for creating Alhambra Source and providing timely reporting of important local news. Fight on!

Mr. Konnyaku

I support news reporting that is unbiased and informative. Really enjoy the excellent coverage on local city council and planning commission meetings.

Guadulesa Rivera

Alhambra Source unifies the community and keeps us involved.

Erwin Lee

Such a valuable source of what’s happening in city where we live. Objective reporting that informs us and allows us to come to our own conclusions.

GALLERY: 50 years ago, a young woman from Alhambra was on the Rose Parade court

Barbara Beckley can still remember hearing her number–51–called, when she was chosen to serve as a princess on the court of Pasadena's famed Tournament of Roses Parade in 1967. "It's something that you carry with you all your life," she said, showing the Alhambra Source the memoribilia that she saved from that time.

Since 1890, Pasadena has celebrated New Year's Day with a parade, along with a college football game that helps raise money for the parade. This year, Beckley is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her time on the Rose Parade court.

Beckley is now a travel writer for such publications as the Los Angeles Times and Alaska Airlines' in-flight magazine, but back in 1967, she was a recent graduate of Alhambra High School, and a student at Pasadena City College. The previous rose queen, Dawn Baker, had encouraged her to try out for the court.

The odds were not in Beckley's favor. More than 700 women tried out, with more and more women cut during several rounds. But when Beckley was chosen for the court, it was a foregone conclusion for Beckley's family. "They were excited for me, but they weren't surprised," she said.

The ensuing experiences and publicity were thrilling for Beckley. The court got mid-century style couture clothing from Bullock's and other designers, much of which has come back into fashion. The girls were guests on the Andy Williams Show on the same night that Ella Fitzgerald made an appearance. When Beckley and the 1967 Rose Queen suggested that the court get their own cameras to take pictures of the events, Kodak gave them all Instamatics and continued that tradition in the ensuing years.

Other memories? The parade's grand marshal was the foreign minister of Thailand, and Beckley's boyfriend was jealous of the attention that Barbara got in her position on the court. And the court was on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, above the fold, which would never happen now, Beckley said.

Beckley is still invited and attends Rose Parade events. "It follows you around in a good way," she said. "It helps you with poise and intelligence and meeting people, and it doesn't hurt."

The Alhambra Source encourages comment on our stories. However, we do not vet comments for accuracy or endorse links to posts in the comment section. The thoughts and opinions expressed belong solely to the author of the comment.

Leave a Reply