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Jack Teele

1971 Distinguished Alumnus

Jack Teele

Jack Teele

1952, B.A., Elementary Education, CSULB

Teele, a one-time Press Telegram sports reporter who was on the Ram beat in the late 1950s and then succeeded Bert Rose as the team's public relations boss before moving up in 1967 to be the top adviser to the then owner, Dan Reeves.  Teele went to Long Beach City College after graduating from Poly High in 1948. 

He was inspired by a journalism instructor to become a sportswriter, and then went on to Long Beach State, where he was reserve guard for the first team in the school's history during the 1950-51 season that was coached by Herm Schwarzkopf and finished 3-14.  He would join the army in 1952 after receiving his college degree, and was a member of the CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps) in Tokyo. 

He got married in 1954 to his beloved Marilyn - he met her in Long Beach while on leave from the service - and went on to have two daughters who would graduate from Wilson High, with one, Lisa Owen, who has three daughters, still living here and the other, Dana McElrath, with two sons, residing in Palm Desert. 

Jack Teele served as a PR liaison for the Green Bay Packers' immortal coach Vince Lombardi at the first Super Bowl between the Packers and Kansas City Chiefs that was staged in 1967 at the Coliseum.  He would retire after departing the Dragons, and he and Marilyn lived eight years on five acres they bought from the late one-time Rams coach, Hampton Poole, who owned a 200-acre ranch in the San Joaquin Valley near Oakhurst in the Sierra Mountains. 

He decided to return to his roots this year after living for time near Temecula, as he and his wife have been staying in Marina Pacifica while waiting for a place they bought at Leisure World to be renovated.  Teele has endured the standard aging process infirmities, as he's had a quadruple bypass heart operation, back, foot and carotid surgeries and artery replacements in his legs.

From Alumni Awards 1971 program