Janie Thompson, legendary BYU Young Ambassadors founder, dies at 91

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  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    June 6, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    I was with the BYU's jazz band "Synthesis" at the 1983 Holiday Bowl along with Janie Thompson and the Young Ambassadors. After the game (where Steve Young caught the game-winning pass on a throw from the halfback), we were filing out of the stadium, and Janie was behind me. She said "I'm so glad we won--whenever we lose I just see doors closing on the missionaries."

    I also remember backing her up on a rousing production number that she sang at the BYU homecoming spectacular that same year.

  • wallyb Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    I was a member of the Kia Ora Club in the early 50's which was the precursor to Living Legends. Janie's encouragement and development of that club and the many performing groups in the Student Program Bureau led to the terrific student entertainment groups of today. There is no school in the world that approaches the versatility and capabilities of the whole entertainment spectrum at BYU. Thanks Janie!!

  • Snark Provo, UT
    June 6, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Here is a verbal can-can kick from all the men who played dancing reindeer in Janie's Christmas productions over the years! Thank you for making the world smile while tapping its foot to a lifetime of tunes! Your image is etched forever in our hearts and the heavens will surely be elevated as you now help lead their songs of praise!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 6, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Janie was an incredible lady. I went to many events in the early years of her leadership of various entertainment groups, and they were exceptional. She lived a long and fruitful life, and was a tremendous example. We will miss her.