Friday, December 23, 2011

John Shear Back At Santa Anita

I figured that after all that has been going on this last week or so we are due for a little good news for Christmas. Certainly we have all behaved ourselves and are fully deserving of something along those lines. And we have got a really nice story to share with you today. This from a press release (click here) sent out by Santa Anita:

Heroic Paddock Guard John Shear Back In Action - Longtime Paddock Guard John Shear, who was seriously injured while protecting a young girl from a loose horse on March 12, was a Santa Anita press box visitor Thursday and informed that he would be back in action on opening day. As a result of his heroic act, Shear has been honored by the cities of Arcadia and Sierra Madre.

"My doctor said I'm okay to come back to work," said Shear, who will turn 91 on Jan. 17. "I'll be back at my same job, which is Paddock Supervisor. I've been doing a lot of physical therapy and I can't wait to get back to work, to see all the people."

"John is a fabulous person and a great employee," said Santa Anita President George Haines. "Having him back with us on opening day, after all that he's been through, is a dream come true and we know there are many, many people who are looking forward to seeing him back at work."

So not only is John Shear someone who performs heroic deeds, or is about to celebrate his 50th Anniversary of working at Santa Anita, but he also is a guy that gets incredible job performance reviews from his boss. Some people just have it all.

The horse racing season at Santa Anita kicks off on Monday, December 26.

There is a great article entitled "Three San Diego authors, three inspirational stories" that can be found in the Dec 21 edition of the The San Diego Examiner (click here), and it mentions John Shear in a unique way. For this piece they interviewed three noted San Diego authors about who it is that inspired them this year in their work and life. One of those authors, T. Jefferson Parker, gets his choice written up this way:

Bestselling author, T. Jefferson Parker, whose newest book, "The Jaguar," will be released on January 10, 2012, provided the story about 90-year-old Santa Anita paddock guard John Shear. Parker said, "It was Shear's job to keep the horses away from fans in the paddock area, and he'd been doing that job for fifty years. But last March a horse broke away and was running for an opening in the fence. The crowd scattered but a small girl was standing there alone and Shear ran in and threw her out of the way."

Shear suffered multiple injuries including a pelvic fracture. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times interviewed Shear and recalled this quote. "I'm 90-years old and she's six. She's a little girl, she has the rest of her life ahead. I've pretty much lived my life. This is just something a man does."

Kind of puts things like life and what is really important into perspective. It is a good time of year for that sort of thing.

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48 comments:

  1. I don't know all the nice people who sent me cards and letters.
    If any of you are going out to Santa Anita Monday for opening day, please stop by and say hello. I'd like to meet you.

    Santa Anita is giving away great wall calendars, great pics of our San Gabriel mountains in the background. You'll want one. Free opening day.

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  2. John, we wish you and your family all the best at the holiday season, or any season! You're a Hometown Hero any time in our book!

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  3. I am grateful for the God speed of Johns recovery. John is a Hero. We are lucky to have him in our little town.


    Neuroblast Films

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  4. John Shear?
    will you have any hot tips on a good horse for us? Or should we ask Diane, Mike or Sherry?

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  5. This is truly wonderful news. A Christmas miracle to be sure.

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  6. Merry Christmas everybody!!

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qSlFu4cy3o

    Christmas puppies, this is worth watching.

    7:57, John and I will be too busy opening day to pick horses. You might ask Mike Shear or Sherry Robison, if you see them in the paddock.
    Mike's a good handicapper and Sherry is a psychic!
    I see on Time Warner Cable where we're going to be able to access HRTV (Santa Anita) now, at least on weekends. I think it's channel 62.
    You can sign up for XPRESS BET and bet online or if you go to the track they have a new apps that allows you to bet off your iPhone or pad without having to go to the window, cool.

    Happy Holidays to all Tattler readers.

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  8. Finally posting again.December 23, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Thank you for a positive story like John Shear. Please keep the positive stories coming.

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  9. Thanks to John Shear for reminding us of the best in people.

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  10. Proud moment for me was when Diane asked me to help John negotiate the stairs at the Arcadia city council dias when they awarded him the day in Arcadia as "John Shear Day".

    Sherry Robison, the Shear'ss close family friend, and Diane were too nervous so they asked ol' steady Caroline to help John up those few steps.

    Well, let me describe it for you (you have only seen the still photo but it dosen't show all): John Shear was the steady one, up those few steps and then standing along side a very tall Arcadia mayor and the representative from the race track.

    The tallest of us all.

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  11. Caroline,
    did you know you were in the HRTV show Inside Edition? It shows the video clip of you helping a very (at the time) disabled and suffering with shingles, John Shear up those steep stairs at Arcadia City Council Chambers. Sherry and I were nervous because we didn't know if John would be able to make that meeting, but he insisted and you were kind enough to help us out, as usual.
    John was doing great a week earlier at the Sierra Madre City Council meeting, shown above in the picture, with MaryAnn giving him the award. He was fine that night, but the next day the shingles hit him....and hit him hard.
    John had a setback, had to discontinue his physical therapy for several weeks.
    What a lot of people didn't know was that at the Sierra Madre 4th of July parade, John was in terrible pain. He had difficulty walking. I was a wreck because I didn't want him to even try to do it, that day, but again, John insisted he would be able to make it. He did.
    Mike Shear and John Crawford had to ride in the car with him and help him in and out and get him home safely. You would never know it by the pictures and films. John is an amazing man!
    And to think now, 9 months after the terrible accident, this soon to be 91 year old man will be back at work, fit as ever.

    Thanks for your nice comments.

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  12. John Shear is the antidote for the terrible things we've had to deal with in the last week.
    He is a role model for our children, a man of honor whose deeds match his words.

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  13. Dealing straight on with both the terrible and the glorious is our duty as citizens of the world. It is the resiliance of the human spirit that is celebrated all over the world this time of year.

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  14. Everything on the Tattler is positive, 9:02. Just because you might not like what is said here from time to time in no way detracts from that.

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  15. I like the picture. Two of the finest people who have ever lived in Sierra Madre. MaryAnn MacGillivray and John Shear. God bless them both.

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  16. John's a diminutive man with a super soul and huge heart. We've been blessed to know such a man in our lifetimes. It was most appropriate for Mary Anne to present him with honors on behalf of the City of Sierra Madre; there is no one else, either on council (the G4 are not worthy to even lick the horse s*** off his boots) or within city hall who could have appropriately performed the task. Have a great opening day, John, and congratulations on your full recovery from a most horrific accident!

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  17. Best of luck, John. I'd say break a leg, but I don't want to go giving you any ideas. Stay safe!

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  18. I have often wondered what Mary Anne (whom I am a big fan of) thinks about comments such as 2:00 who talked about the worthiness of adversary politicians to lick the horses*** off John's boots. Nice Christmas graciousness 2:00. It would be nice if she publicly called for an end to the viciousness.

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  19. No one has been insulted more than MacGillivrey. Her ability to stand the stupidity and the attacks amazes me. She's supposed to police random comments on the blog too?

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  20. Hmm. But what if they aren't, 3:17? I haven't seen much from that quarter contradicting 2:00's statement. Is the metaphor a strong one? Certainly. But it is possible to dislike bad elected officials, you know. Most Americans do.

    Not everything true needs to be smothered beneath the wet blanket of psychologically repressive political correctness.

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  21. I agree that the comment at 2:00 is in poor taste, but it's the internet - I don't expect everyone to write well or express themselves eloquently. Even more than that, I don't think it's my place to school them. If Crawford lets a comment through, that means it has not sunk to the level of the obscenity so easily used by the Buchanan/Mosca/Moran group. The base measure comes from the pro-development faction.

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  22. The same people who smeared MaryAnn time and again are now wailing about civility? How rich.

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  23. Suddenly the old Cumquat crowd has become sensitive.

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  24. Just stop it! I would not have used the language about the stuff boots steped in at a venue with horses but let it go. Back to the love expressed in this blog today and on with your family celebratons.

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  25. It's quite possible to talk around unpleasant comparisons with nicey-nicey paraphrasing but nothing is quite as impactful as the word "s***". Seldom misconstrued and understood by almost everyone; always a favorite of mine. In fact I far prefer it to the more modern term "f***" which folks coming of age in the 1960's seem to use like most of us use salt and pepper.

    So expletive away! To each his/her own! Vent! Dare to have an opinion! This is the place.

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  26. I do believe George Carlin is posting from beyond.

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  27. I was downtown this afternoon and they are building Frosty the Snowman with fresh snow from the mountains.

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  28. Merry Christmas to the Shear family!John you are an inspiration to all of us!God Bless!

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  29. Real heroes don't need to talk about themselves. They just are.

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  30. Now the Wistidiots are attacking Fay Angus?

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  31. Conservatives on this board, and there are lots of you, can really let loose with your "inner libertarian" and post away on the Tattler.

    Crawford is pretty easy going with us all.
    He does have his standards, however, so be cool, we're lucky to have this board.

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  32. The Wistidios have attempted to castigate John Crawford, Caroline Brown, and Fay Angus. Fay Angus? For gawd's sakes, the woman survived a prisoner of war camp. She wants nothing but what is in the best interests of the residents of Sierra Madre. And Caroline Brown? Nobody works harder our environment - trees, open space, and fire safety. None of these individuals make their living from the real estate, construction, or utility industry. Nor are they merchants or professionals to be bullied by the City Council.

    If you have ever stood at the podium and spoke against the current regime, expect Lady Wistaria to unlease a tirade, dredging up years of perceived misdeeds.

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  33. IGNORE THE STUPID DIRT WEBSITEDecember 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Oh the hell with the dumb Wist
    idios.
    Don't even go click on their site.
    It's just another Cumquat knockoff, same crowd, same writers, same agenda.
    Ignore them, Tattlers. They aren't worth a second of your time.

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  34. Tattlers, it was a good day! The expressions of gratitude for John Shear's recovery have been heartwarming. And we actually stayed on message for quite a long time.

    Tomorrow will be filled with last minute shopping, food preparation, and visits with the grandchildren on Christmas eve but know that in our hearts we'll be thinking of all of you and wishing you good cheer.

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  35. 3:46...it's ice rink shavings from a rink in Burbank..Dave Forrester and friends responsible for the snowman...shavings were donated..enjoy!

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  36. Frosty is made from ice shavings??? Like from a zamboni????

    Wow. That's pretty cool.

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  37. Dave does this every year, really nice of him!
    Thanks
    We all enjoy it.

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  38. The story about the candlelight vigil on the Pasadena Star News continues to attract a lot of readers. Right now it is #2 on the most viewed chart on their website. It was #1 all yesterday.

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  39. Uh oh, Caroline Brown is shown happily celebrating the selection of Richard Mays as Citizen of the Year on Bill Coburn's site. The Wistarians are probably getting out their pins and voodoo dolls. Watch out Bill!

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  40. Richard Mays, Melanie Shewmaker and Caroline Brown have as a common interest their volunteering with Sierra Madre CERT--Community Emergency Response Team--and they met with the chamber president and director for the announcemet of the honor to Richard, who thought he was there for a CERT photo shoot.

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  41. When I went to check out the photo of Caroline, I came across this on Bill Coburn's site:

    "Posted 12/21/11 – Colin Braudrick, John Capoccia, John Harabedian and Chris Koerber have pulled papers to run for City Council in the April, 2012 election, the News Net has confirmed. According to the City Clerk’s announcement regarding the election, the four now have until Jan. 17th, 2012 to file the papers if they choose to run.

    John Capoccia told me that it is his intent to run for one of the two four-year seats that are open, while Colin Braudrick told me that he is running for the two-year seat that opened up when former Council Member Joe Mosca resigned his seat to move to London. Chris Koerber and John Harabedian both told me they are undecided at this point which seat they will be filing for."

    I'm going to have a hard time choosing from this group and I'm going to be listening intently to them at the podium and as they make the rounds of the civic forums.

    Good luck to all!

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  42. My fear is that all these great candidates will cancel each other out, and someone like Carol Canterbury will squeak through. Can you imagine what would happen to this poor city if Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh and Carol Canterbury were calling the shots? Might as well just call in the wrecking ball now.

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  43. 7:03, talk about a dystopian nightmare!

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  44. Colin Braudrick resides at the same home as Concilmember Josh Moran.

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  45. Are you saying that there's hope for Josh Moran? Can Colin's influence make a difference?

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  46. In conclusion dear fellow Tattler fans, if Carol ran for city council and her only opponents were Mosca or Buchan, I would volunteer to help campaign for them, not because I like them but because in would do anything to make sure this self anointed queen of Sierra Madre was soundly beaten in the election. That's how strong my feelings are about this woman. I think you all will understand what I mean.

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  47. The "in conclusion" part of my post is due to a prior post that John, for whatever reason, did not post. I respect his judgement and the rest of the above post expresses my feelings just fine.

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  48. S. Whiteside - I do not see any other post from you this evening. There is a log of everything that gets sent this way (even the obscene stuff which, sadly, there is much), and I looked through and couldn't find anything. Can you resend anything previous that did not show here? Thanks.

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