LaBonge, Parks and Johnson Join In Commemorating 25th Anniversary of L.A. Games
Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Bernard C. Parks as well as Olympic gold- and silver-medalist Rafer Johnson commemorated the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with the announcement and release of commemorative Olympics brochures.
"The Olympics were the high point in modern Los Angeles history," Councilmember LaBonge said. "By recalling them 25 years later, we're honoring the contributions of late Mayor Tom Bradley and late City Council President John Ferraro, who worked so hard to bring the Olympics here."
"Councilmember Tom LaBonge and I would like to thank Cartifact Inc. for creating this historic map that documents the history of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and also all of the summer games that have taken place in the modern era throughout the globe," Councilmember Parks said. "This map will be used as an educational tool for schools and library's throughout the city. 1984 was a great year for the city of Los Angeles and the memory of these games will live on," added Councilmember Parks who is a member of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.
These beautiful brochures honor the Olympic ceremonies and events, which elevated the reputation of Los Angeles to that of a world-class city. The effect of the games is still felt here today. The Games produced a surplus of $232.5 million; a portion of that surplus is still being used on youth sports in Southern California.
The brochures, which include a map of the world's Olympic Cities and pictures of each historic Olympic poster, will be distributed to Los Angeles public school students through Beyond the Bell after school program.
Among those who attended the announcement, which was held at the Coliseum where the games were played, were the two councilmembers; Mr. Johnson, who lit the Olympic flame at the 1984 Olympics and is now a board member at the LA84 Foundation; Graham Marriott of Cartifact, the Los Angeles cartographer and brochure designer; Alvaro Cortes, LAUSD Assistant Superintendent Beyond the Bell Branch and Patrick Escobar, Vice President, Grants and Programs for the LA84 Foundation.