Where will the "Happiest Place on Earth" be this week? No, not Disneyland, although it is also in Orange County. It will be in Newport Beach, as the annual wackiness known as Irrelevant Week takes place at multiple venues.
"Doing something nice for no good reason" is the motivation that Paul Salata used for inspiration back in 1976 when he decided to honor the dead last player taken in the NFL Draft. He created the "Lowsman Trophy" as the award, which features a bronze rendition of a player fumbling a football.
The player and his family are flown to Newport Beach, taken out on the bay, then to Disneyland and feted at a banquet. Numerous local businesses and sports franchises donate a glittering array of presents for the honoree. It wasn't until I moved to Newport Beach in the late 80s that I had any idea why Paul Salata would be at the NFL Draft in New York each year announcing the final pick. He asked me to be a presenter/roaster in 1989 and it has been a highlight of mine ever since.