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Tommy Muñoz was born and raised in Monrovia. He joined the USAF at 17 years of age and served for over 8 years. He worked for the old Pantry Markets for 17 years and Pavilions for another 14 years. He retired and got tired of waiting for Steve Montesanti to clean his carpets.

He had a friend who was an usher at Dodger Stadium and he thought “I could do that”. He became an usher in 2000 and continued until 2009. He became disenchanted with his boss and he said I am out of here. Maybe it was because employees are not allowed to ask for autographs.

During his time there he asked for autographs of some 700 Major League baseball players. I can’t imagine going to work each day with a new baseball in your pocket hoping for a autograph. Tommy brought several of the signed baseballs to the meeting, most notably Tommy John, Ron Cey, Don Newcomb, Joe Torre, and this year’s Grand Marshal Vin Scully who Tommy said was a real gentleman.

This is not a volunteer job. When he started in 2000 he made $7.65 an hour and ended his careerin 2009 at $12.50 an hour. He needed to be there 2 hours before the game and 20 minutes after the game. He does not know how much all the signed balls are worth as his daughter threw him a fast ball and said they were hers when he meets the big Dodger in the sky.

Rich Wenzel is setting up Meals of Love for Ronald McDonald House for October 2. The theme is turkey with the main dish by Bob Rodenbucher and Sue Matchett, Salad by Dave Seltman and Dan Snell, Bread by Chuck Shaw, drinks by Rich Wenzel, and dessert by John Gera and Ron Dorazio. As we close out this Kiwanis year I would like to offer a big THANK YOU to Rich Wenzel and his angels for supplying food to these folks facing serious illnesses. You faithfulness, generosity, and willingness to serve does not go unnoticed.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Temple City Kiwanis Club