Keith Jackson Celebration of Life Event April 15, 2018

Feb 28, 2018

Keith Jackson Celebration of Life Event April 15, 2018

Pasadena, Calif. (February 28, 2018) — A Celebration of Life honoring legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson will take place April 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. PST at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.  Gates will open at 3 p.m.

The Celebration of Life is open to the public and to the press and will include guest speakers, musical performances, and video tributes.  Speakers will include Jackson’s former college football broadcasting colleagues Dan Fouts, Bob Griese, Todd Harris, and Lynn Swann.  In addition, Harvey Hyde, former collegiate coach and radio personality, and Jason Gesser, former quarterback at Washington State University, Jackson’s alma mater, will speak. Tim Brant, who worked with Jackson as a college football analyst at ABC, will serve as master of ceremonies.

“Please join us at America’s Stadium, the place where Keith Jackson made so many memories that we all share,” said Darryl Dunn, CEO and GM of the Rose Bowl Stadium. “We encourage everyone who loves college football and remembers the iconic voice and words of Keith Jackson to come to the Stadium to help us celebrate this great man and his extraordinary life and career.”

We also encourage friends, fans and groups to record tributes and memories of under one minute, which will be presented to the Jackson family.  Selected videos also will be shown at the Celebration. Email videos by Friday, March 30th to Lauren Hall at the address listed below.

“ The Rose Bowl Game has been an annual tradition for over a century,” Said Gerald Freeney, President of the Tournament of Roses. “ That tradition is stronger because of Keith Jackson nicknaming it the Granddaddy of Them All. We owe a key part of our brand to Keith’s Legacy.”

In more than 50 years of broadcasting some of the world’s largest sporting events, including 10 Olympics, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Indianapolis 500, and ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Jackson became best known as the voice of college football’s biggest games.  The Rose Bowl Stadium’s Broadcast Center was renamed in his honor in 2015, and he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his contributions to the New Year’s Day game, which he called a record 15 times coining it “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

In lieu of flowers, Keith’s wife, Turi Ann, and family suggest donations to organizations that have been important to the Jackson family and to their community. These include:

*Keith Jackson Statue at The Rose Bowl Stadium - The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is fundraising to erect the Keith Jackson Statue.  The statue will be placed at the Stadium, which is the home to so many memorable sports moments made by Jackson throughout his years in broadcasting.

*Keith and Turi Jackson Excellence Fund at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU - Keith Jackson, a 1954 WSU alumnus, believed in students.  Your gift will ensure student scholarship and access to professional experiences. His legacy will endure in students, making them digitally competitive, culturally engaged, and globally savvy.

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