On December 10th, we held our annual Holiday Party at the beautiful Shady Canyon Golf Club. Our members and their guests enjoyed delicious food, drinks, and great conversation. View photos from the event by clicking HERE. If you would like to order a print photo, please contact Lincoln Club intern, Kelsea at (949) 272-2965 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to highlight the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Herb Nootbaar. Herb is a man of great character and we are proud to call him a Lincoln Club member.
Lincoln Club member Buck Johns presented the award. Here are his words about the distinguished Herb Nootbaar:
“Herb was born in 1908 … 1908! Let’s put this in context:
- Orville & Wilbur flew at Kitty Hawk, 3 years earlier
- WWI was declared 6 years later 1914. Incredibly, Herb was 33 in 1941,
- Roosevelt was President – “Teddy” not FDR!
- 46 States, Oklahoma still a territory
- Mother’s Day first observed
- Ford’s first Model “T” rolled off the assembly line
- Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet was sailing the globe
- Boy Scout Movement just started
- King Leopold just transferred Congo to Belgium
- Pu Yi becomes last emperor of China, age 2
- Born that year were: Edward R. Murrow, Jimmy Stewart, Buddy Ebsen
- Republican William Howard Taft defeated democrat William Jennis Bryan
Herb came west from Chicago with his folks in 1919… Went to work at age 11! …… with a cement company building sidewalks in Eagle Rock, driving the cement truck, which added 15 cents per hour to his wages! Driving the cement truck? “Herb, how in the world did you get a Driver’s License at 11? “ “Hell Buck, there were no driver’s license at that time… there were no cars!” Herb has spent his professional career in agribusiness… heading up the west coast operations for Ralston Purina… Declining the presidency as his bride said “no” to St. Louis!
Attended… his first USC football game in 1927. Season ticket holder since ’29. A reminder, it wasn’t until 5 years later, 1932, that the Coliseum hosted its first Olympics! He’s the longest tenured USC season ticket holder by far. Endowed the USC Baseball Hall of Fame, complex. Remarkably, his great grand son, Nigel Nootbaar, is there now on scholarship. In 2012, he and Nigel each made ceremonial pitches at the dedication of the facility. Also Nigel’s brother, a phenomenal QB now at El Segundo, just signed w/ the Trojans!
Herb & Elinor are very significant benefactors and close friends of President and Nancy Reagan. The Air Force 1 exhibit at the Presidential Library was primarily endowed by them. Nancy told Herb, “Ronnie & I have often been called a ’love story’, but the best ‘love story’ is you & Elinor…”
They endowed the Herb & Elinor Nootbaar Institute of Law, Religion & Ethics at Pepperdine with $10 million. You lawyers can check with your spouses on the importance of “religion” and “ethics” when lawyering!
Elinor and Herb have helped to endow some three dozen charities… Contributing tens of millions. He commented to me today, at the end of each year, he and Elinor would look at what they had “accumulated”, and set aside enough to carry them another year. then donate the rest! “And by golly, that has worked out pretty damn good!”
3 years now without Elinor – together over 4 decades. Never a disagreement. Herb, we all knew Elinor…. was she that persuasive? “Yep!”
Some of us remember that big back and neck brace he showed up wearing at our Lincoln Club Christmas party some 20 years ago. “Herb, did you get in another fight?” “Nope, was fixing my roof and fell off… Elinor is not happy with me!” He was 90 then.
“Buck, when introducing me, the fewer words, the more truthful!”
38 years ago, he joined the O.C. Lincoln Club. We have honored two other distinguished individuals with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Tonight we honor one of Orange County’s and America’s legendary giants, our treasured 105-year young great friend, Herb Nootbaar!!!”
Herb Nootbaar accepted the award with gratitude. Here are his words:
“Many of you knew and joined me in sharing the beauty and the graciousness of my late wife Elinor White Nootbaar.
A few years ago, the World Affairs Council advised me that at a dinner party they would honor me for my service to the council and its activities.
I came home and shared with Eleanor the fact that I would be called upon to acknowledge the honor, and told her I didn’t know what would be appropriate for me to say. In her usual calm and thoughtful way, she told me to thank the council and the officers, and to thank those members of the family and friends present, and then SIT DOWN.
I did as she suggested. My being brief was so surprising and effective, that I got an arousing acceptance applause.
So, with that experience today to call upon, I hereby express my sincere gratitude and thanks for your acceptance of my few words. And I will SIT DOWN. Bless you Elinor for that excellent advice.”