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KGO-TV Anchor Anna Chavez to co-host stadium spectacular
STANFORD - KGO-TV news anchor Anna Chavez, AB '76, will appear as a special guest at the Stanford Centennial Stadium Spectacular with ABC News "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel, AM '62, at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.
Chavez, who received her Stanford degree in communication, has been an anchor at KGO-TV, the ABC-owned and operated station in San Francisco, since 1984. Before that, she was a reporter with KABC in Los Angeles.
Centennial planners said they were pleased that Chavez, an active alumna who serves on the School of Humanities and Sciences' advisory board, would help Koppel narrate the story of Stanford's first 100 years.
"Given the fact that Stanford was founded by a man and a woman, it makes good sense that the retelling of their story be shared by a man and a woman," said Centennial Director Stephen Peeps. "We're delighted to have enlisted the talents of two Stanford alumni who personify the vision that Leland and Jane Stanford inspired a century ago."
Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and veteran rockers the Doobie Brothers, long known for their support of Children's Hospital at Stanford, will headline the show as a dazzling finale to a year-long centennial celebration. The 100- minute show at Stanford Stadium will feature appearances by internationally renowned performing artists, public figures and Stanford alumni, plus fireworks and special effects.
Other participants in the Stadium Spectacular will include Grammy-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin, cabaret singer Michael Feinstein, folk legend Joan Baez, jazz fusion group Hiroshima, gospel singer Edwin Hawkins and flutist James Galway. University officials hope the evening will provide a true once-in- a-lifetime event and an unforgettable kickoff to Stanford's second century.
It will be produced, in consultation with University Events and Services and the Centennial Year Office, by the New York-based large-scale events firm Eventures, which produced the Operation Welcome Home parade in Manhattan last June, the 1990 Goodwill Games welcoming and closing ceremonies in Seattle, and the Coca-Cola Centennial in Atlanta.
Silicon Valley pioneers William Hewlett and David Packard, former San Francisco 49ers and Stanford coach Bill Walsh, two-time Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias, former Stanford and 49er quarterback Frankie Albert, and former Stanford football coach John Ralston also will make appearances, along with several other Stanford personalities.
The Stadium Spectacular aims to bring tens of thousands of alumni, students, faculty and Bay Area residents together to share in the celebration of Stanford's first 100 years.
Admission to the 100-minute show is $15 with Stanford ID, $25 for general reserved seats and $100 for Centennial Circle seats. Tickets will be on sale every day through Monday night, Sept. 30, at the Gate Two ticket window at Stanford Stadium, and at all BASS/Ticketmaster outlets. Phone orders are accepted at 723-1021, ext. 130, or 1-800 BEAT CAL.
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