The Palisadian-Post presents an homage to Will Rogers’ column, “Will Rogers Says” with a new column by Palisadian Jimmy Dunne—on life in the “greatest town in America.”
Along with about six other groups, I was waiting for a table outside Café Vida—in the heart of lunchtime rush. As a table for four opened, a server from Café Vida called the name of the next in line—an elderly couple.
The couple looked at each other and pointed to a young couple with two little kids that were also waiting. They said, “Give the table to them; we can wait.”
That’s why I love the Palisades.
If you want to see what happy looks like, stop by the Senior’s Bocce League (“The Bocce Brunch Bunch”) on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the park.
You’ll find bocce courts popping with our town’s fastest-growing population: our fantastic senior citizens.
Playing bocce, picnicking together and making new pals—with the mountains over their shoulder and the breeze of the big blue sea on their beautiful faces.
Faces in the Palisades
As a kid, he helped out picking oranges and avocados on his family farm in Orange County. He played football at Mater Dei High School.
As a senior at Notre Dame, new football coach Ara Parseghian plucked him off the bench as their starting quarterback. After setting 12 Irish records that season, he won the Heisman Trophy.
After years on the Jets, Chiefs, Bears and Eagles, he took a leap and opened a tile business, Arizona Tile.
Cut to 2021. Now in 30 locations in 11 states, with sons and sons-in-laws in management positions.
Ask anybody in town. There’s no greater gentleman, a greater friend, greater dad, husband and grandpa than this spectacular, selfless Palisadian …
Our very own John Huarte.
They don’t make ’em like this anymore.
Jimmy Dunne is modern-day Renaissance Man; a hit songwriter (28 million hit records), screenwriter/producer of hit television series, award-winning author, an entrepreneur—and a Palisadian “Citizen of the Year.”
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