SAMMY HAGAR - "Nothing Is As Gratifying As Being Honored In Your Home Town"
June 4, 2013, a year ago
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As previously reported, SAMMY HAGAR (CHICKENFOOT, ex-VAN HALEN, MONTROSE), a 1965 Fontana High School graduate, made a triumphant return to Fontana as Grand Marshall on Saturday, riding with his family members on a float in the Fontana Days Parade and then enjoying a celebration at the festival at Veterans Park.
Hagar comments on the event: "Nothing is as gratifying as being honored in your home town. For me it's right up there with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Having a street named after ya (Hagar Way) - come on!!! Fontana has changed so much since 1970 when I left. If you would have blindfolded me, brought me there and showed me around I would not have known where I was. For real. 14k population then and 200k today - damn! When I was just a six-year-old kid I would watch the parade on Sierra Ave in front of Crawford Drug Store where my sister Bobbi worked and famous LA newscaster George Putnam was the Grand Marshal on a Palamino horse! I certainly never thought that would be me someday but hey, look what can happen! All in all it made my family members very proud, and I must say me too."
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