Hotaling's plea met with receptive ears. I'm pleased to use this space to endorse the LCFTRA Design Contest. There's something in it for you (besides bragging rights), should you prevail as the big winner: two grandstand tickets to the Rose Parade to watch the float you conceived make its way to glory before millions.
Here are the rules: Put a brief written description of your concept on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, include a rough sketch (the artwork is not critical, because someone gifted at drawing can illustrate the winning concept for the final product) and on the back of the paper, write your name, address and telephone number. Then put your entry in an envelope and mail it to Design Concept 2012, P.O. Box 253, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91012. Or, you can drop it off at the Valley Sun office, 727 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, and we can get it to the LCFTA for you.
Remember, our float never has a human being riding on it, so plan around that. It also tends to have a great degree of whimsicality to it and clever animation, so make sure that the potential for moving parts is included in your design.
And there are more clues to coming up with a winning entry, found on the LCFTRA website (http://www.lcftra.org): "The 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade theme calls up images of children lying on grass seeing pictures in clouds; scientists searching for new worlds to discover; far away places imagined by poets and story tellers; determined athletes giving their all; musicians, actors, dancers, painters and sculptors expressing themselves through their gifts; and the visualization of a future in which creativity and innovation are the twin master of our dreams."