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May 24, 2007
From Skipper Stu to Hollywood's Walk of Fame

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Courtesy of KCRA

Many would argue that the most famous Channel 3 (KCRA) alum would have to be David Gregory, the White House correspondent who has taken the place of retired Sam Donaldson as the man most annoying to presidents. (Helen Thomas is, hands down, the most annoying woman to any POTUS. You go, Helen!)

But no, we say Gregory's star power dims compared to that of ex-KCRA sportscaster Stu Nahan (pictured).


Stu Who?

You've no doubt seen him playing cameos of a sportscaster in nearly every "Rocky" movie. His Hollywood credits also include playing sportscasters in films as varied as "Private Benjamin," "Brian's Song" and the unforgettable "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island," not to mention guest shots on TV's "Bay Watch," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "21 Jump Street."

Of course, to many of us, the height of Nahan's thespian career was his classic scene with Sean Penn in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Stu's in the dream sequence with the stoner surfer dude Jeff Spicolli, played by Penn. We highly recommend renting the DVD.

Anyway, the movie and TV gigs were sidelights for Nahan, who for decades was a sportscaster in Los Angeles. And longtime Sacramentans may remember him as "Skipper Stu," the kiddie TV host on Channel 3 back in the 1950s. (See photo of him chatting up kids, above.) After that, he was Sacramento's first sportscaster, anchoring with Stan Atkinson on KCRA's evening news.

Now 80 and recovering from a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma called Burkitt's, Nahan will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Friday.

It's a fitting capper to a career that began in our little town. Congrats, Stu.

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