She doesn't quite know what to expect when the Tournament of Roses rolls out its "Celebration 100" on Jan. 2, but Shirley Temple Black is positive she has perfected her waving technique.
The legendary child actress, now 60, will be the parade's grand marshal, reprising the same duties she performed in 1939, when the tournament celebrated its 50th anniversary.Only Bob Hope and Richard Nixon have headed the New Year's Day extravaganza twice.
Black was fighting a cold after completing a 21-city tour promoting her recently published autobiography, "Child Star," but she said she has developed a "strong right hand" after signing 18,000 copies of the book.
And all the better, Black said, because she remembers vividly how much waving she did 50 years ago.
"I guess I waved for 2 1/2 hours without stopping," Black said, laughing heartily. "First to the left, then to the right, then to anybody who was out in the middle of the street."
At that time she was at the height of her popularity as a child star, the pint-sized phenom with the chubby legs and take-charge strut who made Americans forget the troubles of the Depression.
"From my viewpoint, it was a very innocent time," Black said. "There was no investigative reporting then, and movie stars were placed on pedestals. Everything was on the big screen, and the big screen made things larger than life.
"But as a little girl I loved the parade, because it was a beautiful parade, and certainly the best smelling one I was ever in."
The Tournament of Roses was already accustomed to drawing its share of famous names. Actress May McAvoy was queen of the 1923 parade, and grand marshals included Mary Pickford in 1933, Harold Lloyd in 1935 and Leo Carillo in 1938.
The parade official who secured Shirley Temple's participation said - with all due respect to Pickford, Lloyd and Carillo - that Temple's name was even bigger when she rode down the streets of Orange Grove and Colorado.
"I was determined to get her," said Lathrop "Lay" Leishman, who was president of the Tournament of Roses that year and whose father commissioned construction of the Rose Bowl in 1922.
"I went to (20th Century Fox) to meet her mother, and she was filled with questions," said Leishman, who will turn 85 on Jan. 5.
After reassuring her mother about safety, Leishman met Shirley "in this little bungalow where she went to school on the lot."
"Shirley was delightful then, and just as delightful now," he said. "She asked me, `Will I get to wear a badge?' And I told her, `You sure will,' and we made the biggest badge ever for a grand marshal."
After the parade, Leishman supervised Temple's return to the old Vista del Arroyo hotel, complete with motorcycle escort.
"She asked, `Could I get the motorcycle officer to blow his siren?' " Leishman said, chuckling. "That pleased her to no end."
black said her life has been divided into three perfectly symmetrical chapters: her film career, then raising three children and her 19 years in diplomatic service.
The diplomatic career included an appointment as U.S. delegate to the United Nations, an ambassador's position in Ghana, and an appointment by President Gerald Ford as the first female chief of protocol at the White house.
She currently serves as an honorary Foreign Service officer and trains all first-time U.S. ambassadors.
The only request she made of Tournament of Roses officials was for her granddaughter, Teresa Falaschi, to join her as she rides down the parade route.
But she won't ask for any sirens this time.
"That might scare the horses," Black said, breaking once again into a hearty laugh.