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September 27, 2001
I was very disappointed in the Daily Pilot's editorial of Sept. 20 ("Skip the deception in upcoming election") contending that the Greenlight Implementation Committee is an attempt to deceive the public. Many people who have agreed to let us use their names in support of a "yes" on Measure G voted for the Greenlight Initiative. It was their desire to send a message to City Hall that a more reasonable approach was needed for future development and not stop all development in the city as some of the opponents of Measure G have contended.
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June 28, 2008
For any young boy, being drafted by one of the 32 professional teams in the National Football League would be a dream come true. But if he’s been paying attention to the festivities in Newport Beach, he may say that part of that dream is to be drafted last, which means being Mr. Irrelevant. Consider this year’s Mr. Irrelevant, David Vobora, a linebacker from the University of Idaho. Vobora was surrounded by cheerleaders, lavished with gifts, whisked away to the Happiest Place on Earth at Disneyland and then taken to the second Happiest Place on Earth, the Playboy Mansion.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 19, 2008
Paul Salata is 81, yet he still knows how to have fun. Salata sat down with the Daily Pilot and talked about his favorite week of the year. Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach. The founder of the event honoring the last player chosen in the NFL Draft is ready to make David Vobora, a linebacker from the University of Idaho, feel like the No. 1 pick and not No. 252. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Monday, when Mr. Irrelevant XXXIII will be showered with gifts and have a press conference at the arrival party at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.
FEATURES
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 22, 2009
In the parking lot of a golf course once home to the likes of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Paul Salata networked in Toluca Lake on Wednesday. The founder of Irrelevant Week handed out literature about Ryan Succop. The last player selected in April’s NFL Draft — 256th by the Kansas City Chiefs — has it hard as it is. He’s a kicker and his last name is pronounced “suck-up.” No celebrity playing at Lakeside Golf Club was going to think that’s cool.
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By Michael Miller | January 1, 2007
When Paul Salata attends the Rose Bowl today, his thoughts will be with the late President Ford. Not because of any of the 38th president's achievements in office or even on the football field, but rather because of a personal connection: Ford was one of Salata's closest friends, and the former college football players — Ford for the University of Michigan and Salata for USC — placed bets whenever their teams met in the Rose Bowl....
NEWS
April 25, 2004
Iowa All-American offensive tackle Robert Gallery was picked second overall Saturday to head up the Oakland Raiders' 2004 NFL draft class. But the Silver and Black won't be done until they use the last pick today, the final of 32 compensatory choices that follow the first seven rounds and the 255th choice of the two-day draft, to tab Mr. Irrelevant XXIX. The official last pick of the draft, announced by Irrelevant Week founder and Newport Beach resident Paul Salata today in New York, will be celebrated in June at the annual Irrelevant Week festivities in Newport Beach.
SPORTS
April 26, 2008
QUIRKY KIRK Today’s Irrelevant Week fact: In 1976, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected the first Mr. Irrelevant, Kelvin Kirk. A press conference for him was set to kick off the inaugural event in Newport Beach, but Kirk missed his flight to Southern California. When IW founder Paul Salata learned of Kirk’s absence, he scoured the neighborhood for an impostor. And so, the event began with a Safeway butcher filling in as Mr. Irrelevant. Kirk arrived in the middle of the press conference, relieving his body double of his duties.
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By: | September 27, 2005
More than 200 people played in Newport Beach Country Club's Gulf Coast championships Tuesday, as approximately $34,000 was raised for hurricane relief. The club is expected to give the American Red Cross the check sometime next week, head professional Paul Hahn said. There were people who donated money without participating in the tournament, Hahn said, while the club also raised money with a raffle. The Newport Beach Fire Department was on hand to help with operations, Hahn said.
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By Steve Virgen | April 3, 2014
Paul Salata feels great pain in his hips and legs when he walks. The famous Newport Beach resident tires easily when he goes on an outing, but you wouldn't really know it because of his effervescent personality, unique charm and welcoming sense of humor. There's no knowing if he'll be able to stand the pain to make it to New York for next month's NFL Draft to do what he always does, announce the final pick. That's his baby, his creation, Mr. Irrelevant. It always brings a smile to his face, no matter what else is going on. Whether he makes it there or not, he can be more than content with the fact that Irrelevant Week is in good hands.
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March 25, 2014
The Houston Texans are slated to pick Mr. Irrelevant on the NFL Draft's final day, May 10, it was announced when compensatory picks were released Monday. This year will be the 39th Mr. Irrelevant or if you're from the old school, Mr. Irrelevant XXXIX. He will be celebrated and roasted during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach and other parts of Orange County, a tradition that was created by Newport Beach resident Paul Salata and began in 1976. The final pick of the NFL Draft is known as Mr. Irrelevant.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 14, 2013
Irrelevant Week might want to change its name to "A Couple of Irrelevant Days" in Newport Beach. The event that celebrates the last player selected in the NFL Draft seems to get shorter every year. Don't blame the organizers, Paul Salata and his daughter, Melanie Salata-Fitch. If it were up to the Salatas, this year's Mr. Irrelevant, Justice Cunningham, would crash at the family beach house in Newport Beach all summer. Someone has to take care of Salata, right? At 86, Salata-Fitch said her dad just got a new hip a couple of weeks ago. Keep in mind, Cunningham is trying to make it in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, not be a nurse for the man who founded Irrelevant Week in 1976.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2013
After countless of hours on TV, the NFL Draft ended as it usually does with the last pick, Mr. Irrelevant. During the three-day event, draft pundits talked about 253 players, their size, their skills and their potential impact. When it came to the 254th player, the experts didn't have to say much. They usually run out of material by the time a team selects the final player in the draft. This is when the NFL folks in New York hand it over to a man named Paul Salata from Newport Beach.
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By Steve Virgen | January 25, 2013
In 1950, the San Francisco 49ers traded Paul Salata to the Baltimore Colts. He doesn't hold any remorse toward the team because of it, far from it. The 49ers have always held a special place in Salata's heart. They gave him his shot at the NFL. Naturally, the Newport Beach resident, and creator of Mr. Irrelevant, is excited for Super Bowl XLVII. He leaves for New Orleans on Tuesday and will be in the Superdome on Feb. 3 to watch the 49ers play against the Baltimore Ravens. Salata, 86, said having the 49ers in the Big Game is like having a family member playing for the Super Bowl championship.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | July 6, 2012
Chandler Harnish said there was a time in his life when he contemplated quitting football. Harnish is Mr. Irrelevant XXXVII, but this is a relevant story. Before his junior season at Northern Illinois University, Harnish thought he had enough of football. A knee injury took a toll on his body and his mind. However, Harnish said support from family and friends helped him to continue to play the game. Harnish, a quarterback, went on to become one of the best players in school history.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 2, 2012
They say nice guys finish last, so a matchmaker on Monday tried to help Chandler Harnish, the last player chosen in the NFL Draft, find a woman. "I have to say this for my girlfriend's sake: I'm taken," Harnish said. It should be the other way around, for his sake when he sees his girlfriend, Tanya Rachan, again. The quarterback has only spent a couple of days in Newport Beach and he is doing his best to scramble away from the ladies. He will have to avoid groupies for two more days.
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By Steve Virgen | April 24, 2012
Paul Salata, the creator of Mr. Irrelevant, has some history with the team making the final pick in the NFL Draft that starts Thursday and ends Saturday. Salata, a Newport Beach resident, played for the Colts when they were in Baltimore in 1950. He connected with future Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, catching 50 passes in 12 games after being traded from the San Francisco 49ers early in the season. Salata, 85, likes to find connections to the team making the selection and later with the player drafted as Mr. Irrelevant.
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By B.W. Cook | July 8, 2011
Paul Salata is a living testament to the all-American ideal that hard work, perseverance and a bit of luck will pay off for any person living under the stars and stripes, regardless of race, creed, gender or national origin. "I made it from L.A. to Newport Beach," said Salata, 85. "For me, that's success. That's the so-called American dream. " The second-born son of a Serbian family grew up northeast of downtown Los Angeles in Highland Park. His American-born mother, Melania, and father, Chetko, who had emigrated from the Herzegovina region in the former Yugoslavia, knew of nothing more important than family, church and hard work.
NEWS
By Peter Buffa | June 18, 2011
Does no one notice you? When you tell your doctor, "Doctor, it hurts when I do this," does he say, "So don't do that?" When you go to the airport, do the security people wave you through and tell you to just leave your shoes on? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, you might be irrelevant. Not to worry. Worse things can happen. Look at Cheta Ozougwu. He's irrelevant, and he's thrilled about it. Ozougwu was the last pick in this year's NFL draft, which means of course that he is the centerpiece, the hero, the exceedingly big dog of Irrelevant Week XXXVI — that's Irrelevant Week 36 if you're not an ancient Roman — which begins with the not-at-all traditional high-octane, pure fun, always bizarre waterside kickoff at the Newport Dunes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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