Friday, July 19, 2013


Scott Motto at the July 2013 Phi Delt lunch.

Brother Francis Motto was born on the 22nd of March. He graduated from North Hollywood High School. Called "Scott," he was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Spring of 1961. After he completed Pierce College, Scott joined the United States Navy. 
After the great Northridge earthquake of 1993, Scott and his wife Barbara decided to move to Dubuque, Iowa, where she was from.  The Mottos have two children.
Scott enjoyed a thirty-year career in institutional investments with Bank of America until his early retirement.
In 1994, Scott volunteered to do lighting for the local Grand Opera House . He became the Technical Director and has been involved ever since. During his eleven years as a volunteer, he has been fortunate enough to see significant upgrades to the technical capabilities of the theater. These included entirely new lighting and sound systems, both of which continue to be upgraded for the benefit of our audiences. He is looking forward to opening up the fly space and finally having a level floor on the stage.

I was 22 years old when I got out of the Navy and decided that a full time job and part time college would be the right mix.  I interviewed for a job at Litton Industries for a tech job, something I had done in the service.  The man interviewing me suggested that if possible, I ought to change that mix to full time college and part time work.  A very generous and understanding dad, agreed with that interviewer and allowed me to enroll at Pierce College. 

Two things changed my life from that point on.  One was to be accepted by Phi Delta Psi and the life long friends and brothers that I gained.  The other was the solid counseling that interviewer gave me.  Oh yeah, his name is Evan Maas and he was the Dean of Men Students at Pierce College.  If you're out there Evan, Thank You.  And Thank You to all my Phi Delt brothers.”


When word got out that Brother Scotty Motto would be at our July Phi Delta Psi lunch at Baroni's Pizza in Valley Village, we got a great turnout. Attending were; Tom Montes (Beta), Rod Davis (Alpha), Jerry Fecht (Alpha), Dale Alexander (Alpha), Clem Boyland (Beta) Lee Preisler (Beta), Pete Ruiz (Alpha), Steve Falk (Founder), Grady Talbot (Founder), Jim Reeves (Beta), Joe Palazzola (Beta), Bob Malone (Beta), Arnold Levy (Alpha), Gary Fredburg (Alpha), Phil Gatch (Beta), Scott Motto (Beta), Jerry Berns (Beta), Robb Miller (Beta), and John Witmsatt. 
The ghost of Founder Don Taggart appeared several times and attempted to disrupt the lunch, but failed.
Some talk about a reunion - maybe at the Chumash Casino resort near Santa Inez in Santa Barbara County - golf for McAlevey and Olson, gambling for the rich and less active, a tour of the wine country or a 12 step meeting - or both, the old mission Santa Inez (at our ages, not a bad idea), bike paths and nearby Solvang.  If it's too expensive we'll shine it on.