The Story Behind the Man

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Today, we celebrate "100 Years as Trojans."  That's the headline story courtesy of Owen Bird, the Los Angeles Times sports editor in 1912, who is credited with USC's enduring nickname. 

Beneath the triumphs of Troy in the century since lies the remarkable story of Bird, who flew quickly south.  His tale of mystery and adventure was thoroughly captured by LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke.

Click here to read the fascinating full story.

Bird left his legacy at age 25 after encompassing the USC fighting spirit in one enduring pronoun, but he turned his back on newspapers two years later.  From there, his life spiraled through battles, misadventure and even murder. 

The column is a must read.

Owen-Bird-LAT.jpg(Photo via Los Angeles Times)

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