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August 23, 1986
Coming just a few short weeks after the senseless deaths of Len Bias and Don Rogers, the recent benefit basketball game for the United Negro College Fund produced by Earvin (Magic) Johnson was a breath of fresh air. All who participated are to be applauded for donating their talent, time and expertise. Mr. and Mrs. Earvin Johnson Sr. should be very proud of Earvin Jr. He's as special off the court as he is on it. CHARLES L. FREEMAN Los Angeles
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March 3, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The beloved mentor and his favorite student spent their final hours together holding hands on a hospital bed. Jerry Buss was entering the final stage of his life after a long battle with cancer, and he wanted to spend some of it with Magic Johnson. Buss summoned Johnson to his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last fall and, together, for five hours, they clutched each other and told stories and cried. At one point, Buss summoned two nurses to the room. Johnson was worried something was wrong until Buss ordered the three to pose for a picture.
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SPORTS
November 9, 1991
Shock, disbelief, dismay, sorrow, sympathy--I feel it all. But what I feel the most is love. Earvin, I love you. We all love you Magic Man, and thank you so much for all the joy you have given us. You are a very special person, a hero in every sense of the word. It may be a different game for you now, Earvin, but you're still the greatest player in the world. And it's still winnin' time. MICHAEL LITTLETON Arcadia
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Magic Johnson's purchase of part ownership of the Dodgers is the latest step in one of the most successful postgame careers of any professional athlete. The former Lakers guard has carved out a role as a liaison between big-money investors and the residents of urban neighborhoods who might become their customers in a variety of businesses including theaters, restaurants, stores and apartments. "He is an extraordinary businessman who has done a great job of executing his strategies," said Ken Lombard, the former president of the Johnson Development Corp.
SPORTS
January 27, 1990
Say it ain't so, Magic! Have all the grins Magic Johnson displayed over the years been for greed? The proposed pay-per-view against Michael Jordan with a multimillion-dollar purse exposes the corruption that's prevalent in all sports. I thought Earvin was an exception. Please say this is being done for charity. IDA GALPERT, Los Angeles
SPORTS
February 8, 2003
I recently read in The Times that Comiskey Park will be renamed "U.S. Cellular Field." Enough is enough with the lame name game. I call on the media to disregard the name change. Why not? Are reporters required by law to call it U.S. Cellular Field? Magic Johnson's real name is Earvin, but everyone, including the media, calls him Magic. Give Comiskey some respect. Won't we want the same thing when, down the line, Dodger Stadium is renamed "Fox Newscorp Field"? Hector Reyes Burbank
NEWS
November 10, 1991 | ROBERT A. JONES
The Nancy room of the Ronald Reagan Library was no place to get the news about Magic. But that's where I was. A bunch of us were standing in front of the video monitor, watching a tape of Nancy passing out "Just Say No" T-shirts to some black kids from an unnamed ghetto. The kids were all scrubbed and smiling. We stood there like auto-robots, absorbing the message, not thinking, letting the time pass. And that's when the news came. Somehow the teen-agers found out first.
SPORTS
June 8, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Knowing Magic Johnson as well as he does, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas would not be at all surprised if his friend and Laker adversary follows up that ceremonial peck on the cheek before tonight's tipoff with a threatening scowl. In times of stress, Thomas said, Johnson feels compelled to turn inward and try to single-handedly take control. That figures to be Johnson's intention for Game 2 of the National Basketball Assn. championship series, which the Pistons lead as a result of their 109-97 victory Tuesday night.
SPORTS
January 13, 1987 | SCOTT OSTLER
He is only 27 years old, but he's no kid. His pro career started back in the previous decade, remember. His knees creak and throb, his ice bags need ice bags, the other players keep getting younger and bigger and faster, and his contemporaries are talking retirement. So what does Earvin (Magic) Johnson do? He moves his game up another rung on basketball's ladder of evolution. Who even knew there were more rungs up there?
SPORTS
October 2, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Lakers legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson made "The Announcement," an ESPN documentary about his life with a frightening diagnosis, to remind people that HIV and AIDS are still both fatal — and preventable. "I am not cured," he says at the film's end. Director Nelson George's moving and informative film does that and more. It highlights, among other things, the wonder that was Magic Johnson as a basketball player, the après-moi madness of L.A. in 1979, the horror of the AIDS crisis, the value and valor of frankness and, perhaps most important, why, despite all the heartbreak they cause, we still need sports heroes.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Magic Johnson Theaters was a blockbuster business story in the mid-1990s, the feel-good saga of a plucky underdog's climb to the top of the heap. Since Johnson and his partner sold their ownership stake in 2004, time and circumstances have been less than kind to the cineplex at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. But new owners for the mall and new operators for the theaters have big plans to rejuvenate the venture. The undisputed success ? considered improbable by many at the time ?
BUSINESS
June 30, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced his arrival as a businessman 13 years ago, when he took part in an unusual meeting with gang leaders from the Bloods and the Crips. At the time, Johnson was building a movie theater in Baldwin Hills. Would the gang members, Johnson asked, be kind enough not to shoot it up? "I just laid it out to them that I'm building this theater for the community," Johnson, the former Lakers basketball standout, recalled from his seventh-floor office in Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides has joined forces with ex-basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and a Beverly Hills investment firm to buy and improve more than $2 billion worth of urban apartment complexes across the country. Angelides said Monday that he was chairman of the newly created Canyon-Johnson Urban Communities Fund, which will focus on acquiring and upgrading apartments in inner-city neighborhoods to create more "workforce" housing.
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April 12, 2005 | Jessica Garrison and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
Mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa picked up one of the most sought-after endorsements in Los Angeles on Monday: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who credited the city councilman with having the energy "to make things happen." Johnson, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and then became a successful businessman, said he believed Villaraigosa would have more success than Mayor James K. Hahn in bringing good jobs to Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Magic, it appears, still has the magic. A fund co-founded by former Laker guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson has banked $490 million in a second round of financing for commercial developments in inner-city neighborhoods. Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund has commitments for an additional $110 million that would bring the total to $600 million by the end of April.
SPORTS
January 25, 1990 | JOE GERGEN, NEWSDAY
For basketball traditionalists, the true magic in Earvin Johnson's performance through the years has been the ability of a man that big to play so small. In an era of outsized athletes thrashing above the rim, the Lakers' point guard has excelled while keeping both feet on the ground. Only his imagination has soared. At 30, he remains the largest, tallest, strongest individual to dominate his position in NBA history.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Magic Johnson's purchase of part ownership of the Dodgers is the latest step in one of the most successful postgame careers of any professional athlete. The former Lakers guard has carved out a role as a liaison between big-money investors and the residents of urban neighborhoods who might become their customers in a variety of businesses including theaters, restaurants, stores and apartments. "He is an extraordinary businessman who has done a great job of executing his strategies," said Ken Lombard, the former president of the Johnson Development Corp.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Kenneth Lombard, the former investment banker who helped Earvin "Magic" Johnson build a nationwide real estate development and entertainment business, said Thursday that he would leave the ex-Laker star to become president of the fledgling music and entertainment division of Seattle coffee titan Starbucks Inc. Lombard, 49, will oversee Starbucks' aggressive move into music retailing.
SPORTS
February 8, 2003
I recently read in The Times that Comiskey Park will be renamed "U.S. Cellular Field." Enough is enough with the lame name game. I call on the media to disregard the name change. Why not? Are reporters required by law to call it U.S. Cellular Field? Magic Johnson's real name is Earvin, but everyone, including the media, calls him Magic. Give Comiskey some respect. Won't we want the same thing when, down the line, Dodger Stadium is renamed "Fox Newscorp Field"? Hector Reyes Burbank
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