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#22 Anthony Panzica, Student

I was raised in a military family and lived on many different Air Force bases during my childhood. When I was 19, I started a career as a professional James Dean lookalike which I enjoyed for 15 years until retiring from the entertainment business in 2002.

In 2003, I started a non-profit drunk driving program in the Long Beach area of Los Angeles called the "Scooter Patrol". The Patrol transported potential drunk drivers home in their own vehicles for free by stowing a small, motorized scooter in the trunk of the drunk person's car, driving them home and then after dropping them safely, removing the scooter from the trunk and driving off to the next call. In the six plus years we were in operation, we transported over 12,000 people home safely and worked many major events where alcohol was served including the LA Weekly Music Awards and the premiere of the Warner Bros. film, "Beerfest".

After the economy took a bad turn, I decided to shut down the Patrol due to lack of donations which were needed in order to run the non-profit organization. The decision to close down the program was what led me to decide to go back to school and finally get my bachelors degree in Biology which is something I have always dreamed about doing. After looking around the Los Angeles area for suitable schools, I realized that the cost of living there would be far too high and that is when I drove out to Palm Desert to take a look at College of the Desert. I am very happy that I decided to attend COD and have been very happy since I got here over a year ago. I will be transferring to Cal State Channel Islands within the next 18 months and will always be thankful to all the great people at COD who have made my experience here one that I will always remember.

Below is a link to an article that was written about Scooter Patrol: