Music is said to be timeless.
Dwayne Simon has just taken it a step further.
Music is a time machine for one of the premier mixologists in Hollywood.
You listen to the Beatles, Motown, the Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, and its the Sixties all over again.
For Simon, a member of John Lowry’s flag-planting CIF football champions who established the Big Red Legend at Antelope Valley High School, it’s always 1976 again.
For those who lived it the first time, it’s nostalgia.
For the rest of us, it’s hope — that no matter how big we grow, we will always hold on to what made things so special around here back in the day.
Every time the general manager and coach of the High Desert Phoenix can go back and set foot on the hallowed ground of Mays Field at Brent Newcomb Stadium, it’s timelessly special.
That’s why he was so excited to announce that the HDP will host a Monday Night Football Game at AV High on July 29.
It’s also why he was so sad to report the loss of another of the special people who helped forge the Big Red Legend.
Jack Tolliver passed away last week.
Tolliver was the father of Mike Tolliver, a headline-writing halfback for the Antelopes.
Lee D’Errico was Tolliver’s bodyguard as an All-CIF fullback bound for the University of Utah.
D’Errico got a head start on a distinguished career as a Sheriff’s Deputy as the security chief for Mike Tolliver.
The City of Lancaster’s chief of public safety today got his start on the storied manhood pitch of Mays Field.
Talk about being proud of your son: Mike Tolliver was recruited by two schools.
Harvard, and Stanford.
He went to The Farm at the same time as The Arm from the Farm, John Elway.
Tolliver became one of Elway’s favorite receivers — painfully so.
When Jack’s son tried to catch the greatest fastball in College Football history out in front of him, like Coach Lowry taught him, Elway’s passes tore open the skin between Tolliver’s thumb and index finger.
So out of self-preservation, the Lopes Legend started catching the football against his body.
The four panels on the point of the ball would leave such a mark, Tolliver dubbed it “The Elway Cross.”
Jack Tolliver fairly beamed when talking about how his son has become one of John Elway’s most trusted wingmen.
Mainly, he knew how it would inspire future generations of Lopes to chase their seemingly impossible dreams.
Forty-three years later, Jack Tolliver won’t be there for the first time when another season of memories gets a head start on July 29.
Dwayne Simon knows our greatest quest is to find the Jack Tolliver’s of the 21st Century.
Tolliver and his fellow parents helped make this Valley the capital city of Los Angeles County’s family future.
Dwayne Simon has superglued — or is it a Lester Hayes-caliber dose of stick-em? — the torch lit 43 years ago to his hand.
It’s a kick to know our neighbor is such a trusted friend of LL Cool J that the Lip Sync Battle TV star would record a video testimonial to the High Desert Phoenix.
Simon’s video testimonial vault looks like the red carpet leading up to The Grammys.
But he’s even prouder of those friendships made at a high school that turned its football field into the largest open air time machine this side of NASA.
If you already live here, of course, you understand what makes this a place we are so proudly protective of.
If not, come out to Mays Field at Brent Newcomb Stadium on July 29.
You’ll find out why.
Simon Sez, you’ll find out why.