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Commander Chuck Street

The long-time airborne traffic reporter for KIIS-FM (KISS-FM) provided live reports on KIIS for over 28 years and on KTLA TV for 4 years. As a pilot he has logged over 25,000 hours in his helicopter reporting on freeway conditions in the Los Angeles area. Chuck has reported on raging brush fires, flooding, the Northridge earthquake, and the Rodney King riots. His soothing and reassuring voice was oftentimes the first voice a radio listener heard when they woke up each morning. He took this responsibility very seriously and considered it a privilege to serve the listeners of Southern California!

Over the last couple of decades, Commander Chuck has landed his helicopter at more than 400 schools promoting literacy and the importance of reading good books. He is past president of the Professional Helicopter Pilot's Association, Chairman of the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America Scout-O-Rama, past president of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, president of the Aquinas High School Alumni Association and has been involved in numerous charities, including Angel Flight, Huntington's Disease Foundation, Cancer Survivor's Day at UCI Medical Center, and the Children's Assault Treatment Center at Northridge Hospital.


Jon "Rip" Ribble

As the former Executive Director of Santa Ana's Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency, Rip was responsible for the expansion of the Zoo and development of the Crean Family Farm. During his 40 years in Public Parks & Recreation, Rip was twice honored by sections of the California Park & Recreation Society as the "Professional of the Year."

Since his retirement, Rip spends much of his leisure time volunteering here at the Santa Ana Zoo. He engineers the Zoofari Express each Tuesday, and it's his recorded voice that you hear welcoming our guests to the Zoo each day. He's also made a number of the signs and animal characters that you see throughout the Zoo. Rip was also the first to adorn the "SAZOO" costume! Rip has also been very involved for the past 13 years as a Board Member with the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo. He's served 4 years as the Board President and he's very active on a number of the FOSAZ committees. Finally, because of his lengthy support for the Santa Ana Zoo, the Zoo's stage in the Crean Family Farm, "The Rip Ribble Education Station," was named in his honor.


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Peggy Baldwin Butler & James Howe

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