@Occidental @WorldsofSinging July 28

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Occidental College

Location: Los Angles CA

My apologies to Occidental College because this post is really about the topic not getting the credit. Will get to that in a minute.

Occidental College is billed as the Liberal Arts College of Los Angles CA. In 1887 Occidental was founded by a group of Presbyterians. When the school actually opened in 1888 it started with 40 students. Today Occidental which sits in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angles has slightly over 2,000 students.

Occidental College

Occidental College has produced more Rhodes Scholars (10) than another Los Angles university USC (9).

I could say more on what I learned about Occidental but I want to talk about how I got here using the topic of not getting the credit. Here is the explanation.

I came across the story of Marni Nixon.

Marni Nixon

Marni was a woman who looked a little like Julie Andrews. She was born Margaret Nixon McEathron on Feb. 22, 1930, in Altadena, Calif., near Los Angeles.  So I researched colleges in Altadena or close to it. Occidental popped up.

This past month I have counseled a number of people on dealing with the topic of not getting the credit. I read about the careers of Natalie Wood-Audrey Hepburn-Deborah Kerr and the success they had in films in the 1950-and 1960’s.

Top Row (l-r) Wood-Hepburn-bottom Kerr

Some of those films included:

Natalie Wood-West Side Story-Deborah Kerr-The King and I-Audrey Hepburn-My Fair Lady. Each of these films was a musical where the actress had to dance and SING. They each received great praise, reviews, and credit for their performances but their was a catch. The songs in that movie were not sung by Wood-Hepburn-or Kerr.

In 2016 at the age of 86 a singer named Marni Nixon died. She actually dubbed the voices for the three actresses mentioned above in those films and many others. The contract she signed stated that she needed to remain unnamed and would not receive the credit. Later on in her life the credit and recognition came. I used her story to counsel people about receiving credit. 

More about her at link below:


The reward for all of us will eventually come our way if we do our part. It may be later in life or in the after life.







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