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UCLA student stars in Egyptian films, Rams win over Packers, December 15, 1958



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Above, The Times' Philip K. Scheuer interviews Egyptian film star Lobna Abdel Aziz, who attended UCLA in 1954 as an exchange student. She says she appeared in two plays while attending classes in Los Angeles.

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1958_1215_sports The Rams ended their season quietly with a 34-20 victory over Green Bay at the Coliseum. The playoffs were out of reach and the opponent came in with only one victory, so the 54,634 fans at the Coliseum apparently weren't too excited about the season finale.

The Times' Cal Whorton said the "tame tilt was played in near Forest Lawn silence."

Bill Wade finished his outstanding season at quarterback by nearly reaching Sammy Baugh's NFL record for passing yards gained in a single season. He fell only 63 yards short. The Rams finished 8-4 and drew more than a million fans at home and on the road for the second consecutive season.

--Keith Thursby

 
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1053078 divided by twelve games comes to 87817 average per game. Throw out the last Packer game and the game in Chicago against the Cards in front of 13,041 you have an average of over 98500 per game over 10 games.

Just the week before, on December 7, 1958, the Rams played the Colts before 100,202 at the Coliseum. Third largest crowd in NFL history at the time. The most interesting thing about it is that the Colts already had the division wrapped up and the Rams were out of playoffs.

In two weeks on December 28, 1958, the Colts would play either the Cleveland Browns or the New York Giants for the NFL Championship...

After this season the Green Bay Packers would hire a new head coach by the name of Vince Lombardi.

The numbers are pretty incredible. Too bad LA isn't a good town for pro football, eh?
--keith


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