Every New Years, millions of eyes around the world are on the city of Pasadena to see dozens of floats decorated with tons of beautiful roses. This year marks the 123rd year of the Rose Parade which will take place this year on Monday, January 2nd, rather than New Year’s Day since the parade never runs on Sundays. This year’s theme is Just Imagine.
Bob Eubanks, a major fixture of the parade and host on KTLA 5, stopped by to talk about the event with Gary & Lisa this morning.
Bob began hosting the Rose Parade in 1976 and will be celebrating his 36th year as host. Joining him again this year will be his long time co-host Stephanie Edwards.
This year he’s very excited about Grand Marshall J.R. Martinez, a retired soldier, actor and spokesman, which Bob said is the best Grand Marshall since US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger, who saved many lives by successfully landing a plane in the Hudson River in New York City after hitting a flock of birds.
This year, the Parade will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of Roy Rogers. Bob told the funny story he heard on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson about how one year as Grand Marshall, Roy Rogers had way too much coffee. As they proceeded down Colorado Blvd. in the convertible, Roy needed to use the bathroom. Since he was unable to leave the parade, he took of his boot and relieved himself in it.
Bob is best known as the host of The Newlywed Game (he recorded a total of 2,195 episodes), which he began hosting in 1966 when he was just 28-years-old.
These days, Bob speaks to corporate America about how to maintain your people skills and relationships. If you’d like to book Bob for a speaking engagement, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade begins at 8am on Monday, January 2nd and can be seen live on KTLA 5 and KTLA.com hosted by Bob Eubanks.
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