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
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!!
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!
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.