JPL engineer to spend birthday inside Rose float

Some people mark their birthdays with dinner out or a slice of cake. La Cañada Flintridge native Randy Bartos, though, has slightly different plans for his Jan. 2 birthday — lying inside a float, surrounded by hydraulic levers and animation switches while traveling down the Rose Parade route.

It’s a pretty good way to spend a birthday, he said.

“I love being squeezed into a tight, confined space where I cannot turn around, that is very cold when the parade starts and very hot when the parade ends,” he joked.

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-- Sara Caradine, Special to Times Communtiy News

Photo: Longtime La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. volunteer Randy Bartos, seen during a recent test monitoring computer animation and controls of the citys float, will be spending his Jan. 2 birthday in this position during the Rose Parade. Credit: Peggy Hotaling / La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.

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