March 10, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1994
Willowbrook Park has been renamed the Earvin (Magic) Johnson Community Regional Park after the onetime Los Angeles Lakers coach and five-time NBA champion. Johnson, who has become an international advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and education efforts since announcing three years ago that he is HIV-positive, promised to visit the 96-acre recreation area regularly.
March 28, 2012 |
Earvin “Magic” Johnson's purchase of part ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the latest step in one of the most successful post-game careers of any professional athlete. The former Los Angeles 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, former president of the Johnson Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1991
Hailing Earvin (Magic) Johnson as a "national hero," the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved renaming the Willowbrook Recreation Area in honor of the retired Los Angeles Lakers star. Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who proposed the change, praised Johnson as a "hero in the field of basketball" and "a great role model" for young people. Johnson announced on Nov. 7 that he was retiring from the Lakers after testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.
April 21, 1992 |
Nestle Drops Magic as Endorser: After months of denying that it would drop Earvin (Magic) Johnson as a product endorser, a Nestle Chocolate & Confection Co. spokeswoman confirmed that the Purchase, N.Y., firm "has no plans" to use Magic Johnson to promote products in future commercials. At the same time, Johnson has signed a two-year contract to become spokesman for Skybox International Trading Cards--his first endorsement deal since disclosing that he has contracted the HIV virus.
June 13, 2006 |
Food preparation company Sodexho Inc. announced a joint venture with retired basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson to seek out new food service deals. Johnson will own 51% of the new company, which will be called SodexhoMagic and will be based at Sodexho's headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Financial details of the 10-year agreement were not disclosed. Sodexho provides meals, housekeeping and grounds services for schools, colleges, hospitals and corporate cafeterias.