Saturday, September 19, 2009

Darryl Wright One of the Finest 49er's Remembered

Darryl Wright left us this week. One of many memories I have of spending time with Darryl. We shared a common appreciation for photography. When Chris Pook and Don Dyer started the LB Grand Prix, Darryl rallied by getting all of his 49er buddies to bail the Grand Prix out from a tremendous rainstorm, mudslides and flooding. Without the all-night help the race would not have gone on. For the next 7-8 years Darryl, Ron Malouf and I became the unofficial official photographers for the Grand Prix. We spent 4 days shooting everything and our photos were used for the programs, posters and promotional slide shows and more. We created a great slideshow called “The Boys are Back in Town”. He even went up in a helicopter to photograph the race one year. The world is a lesser place without him.

Here are some photos of Darryl working for the Long Beach Grand Prix.

A one-time Long Beach State assistant football coach (1960-67) named Stu Farber has fond memories of the late Darryl Wright, whom he recruited from Glendale Community College. "Darryl was a `yes sir, no sir' kind of guy who was smart and intense," says Farber, a 49er backfield coach between 1960-67. "I remember once during a scrimmage he had a big gash on his nose that needed stitches, but he didn't want to come out. That's the kind of player Darryl was."

from Stu Farber in Doug Krikorian Column at Press Telegram


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