For the Manhattan Beach family of Phil and Mica Linsley, the USC vs. UCLA rivalry spans four generations and shows no signs of letting up.
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1. Phil’s mom, Shirley began attending UCLA in 1944, driving her 1929 Ford with a rumble seat to classes in Westwood. Her late husband, Bob, graduated a Bruin in 1950.
2. Phil’s UCLA parents had no choice but to support his decision to become a Trojan. He graduated USC in 1972.
3. Phil’s true love, Mica, sat on the opposite side of the stadium for UCLA. They met in 1970.
4. Big sis Mica graduated UCLA in 1973, but younger sister, Lisya, broke ranks and attended USC.
5. Phil’s and Mica’s daughters split allegiances. Alexa graduated UCLA in 2001 and now has two boys.
6. Marina graduated USC in 1998 and has three children.
7. Phil’s and Mica’s youngest, Derek, graduated UCLA just last year. Daughter Tera (not pictured), the only holdout of the clan, went north to Santa Clara.
The firemen of the South Bay share a special and important relationship with the cities they serve. From answering medical calls in Manhattan Beach to dousing wild fires in the hills of the Peninsula, their immediate response to an urgent call could mean the difference between life and death. Out of uniform, many of these brave individuals engage with their communities on a deeper level, whether donating their time and resources to philanthropic causes or simply enjoying a South Bay lifestyle to the fullest with family and friends. Rightfully private and incredibly humble, most of these men would be content getting the job done without much fanfare. We went inside the station (and out) to get to know some of these guys better. Here are their stories.