Coppola's Casablanca Room
When I read of August Coppola's passing I recalled our time working together during my undergraduate days.
In 1989 we had a great party celebrating the completion of the murals and the official opening of The Casablanca Room. August told me that he had showed my work to his brother Francis Ford, who was impressed with the space. It was an exciting time!
Emmanuel C. Montoya
Someone saved my life when I was in 10th grade.
I had been kicked out of my first high school and I was struggling at a new one. A young coach named Mike DeNatale, just graduated from SF State, brought a college-level training program to my inner-city school. He whipped into shape a lot of young men from single- parent households. We were destined to be failures but most of us went on to college. One became an All-American; another was a finalist in the NCAA. Mike didn't have to do any of this but he dedicated his life to helping us succeed, not only in sports but in life.
--Esteban G. Burchard, M.D., former Gator wrestler (see his success story in Alumni & Friends)
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