Before Carl "Lightning" Boldt played on one of the best NCAA championship-winning basketball teams of all time he competed at Glendale College. He played for coach Abe Elliot from 1951 to 1953, a time Carl credits as being pivotal in his life.
And before his Glendale College days, he was named to the all-valley team and received the Bank of America Award while playing at Verdugo Hills High School.
As a Vaquero, he was an All-American and ranks 11th all-time in scoring with 1,024 points in 63 games. He either made all-tournament or was named all-tourney MVP in almost every tournament that he played in. At one point, he was the highest scoring junior college guard in the nation.
He even played basketball in the Army and made the Army all-star team. That team competed against the best teams in the nation including the University of San Francisco Dons. After his discharge, Carl went on to play for USF.
With the Dons he became part of college basketball history. USF had a 60-game winning streak in the 1955-56 season when they won the national championship. Carl was No. 19, the starting forward who played alongside future NBA legends Bill Russell and K.C. Jones. They Dons won two national championships while Carl was on the team.
After college, Carl was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and he later worked as a scout and assistant coach for the ABA's Los Angeles Stars in the 1970's and other ABA teams. Carl feels his greatest accomplishment during that time was talking to children in elementary schools about basketball and about drug abuse.
He also served as head basketball coach at St. Francis High, which produced 10 Division I players and NBA player Mike Newlin.
Carl has worked in the coffee industry for the past 17 years running Café Chic. The popularity of the brand can be attributed to Carl's frequent trips to Costa Rica over 14 years where he discovered the gourmet taste of that country's coffee. Former President Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor are among those who have been known to drink Café Chic. It is available all over the United States and in several countries including England, Germany and Japan.
"Lightning" now lives in Arcadia with his wife, Rosemary. They have three children, Jennifer, Robert and Kenneth and five grandchildren.