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
December 3, 2003 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to spend as much as $95 million to buy and renovate a downtown office building for use as a temporary police headquarters while a new Parker Center is built. Only Councilman Tony Cardenas voted against acquiring the 11-story building on South Broadway that is co-owned by former Laker basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who has been a political supporter of Mayor James K. Hahn.
November 21, 1991 |
The dean of the Michigan Legislature says he did not support a resolution of tribute to native son Earvin (Magic) Johnson because "I don't like people who have AIDS." The tribute, adopted by the House on Tuesday, honors Johnson, a Lansing native and former Michigan State University basketball star, for his contributions to basketball and his community service.
January 1, 1992 |
Converse is giving an AIDS awareness campaign inspired by Earvin (Magic) Johnson a $1-million kickoff, with a commercial to debut on prime-time TV Thursday and to be repeated over the next three weeks on the four major networks and MTV. But Magic isn't in the 30-second spot, scheduled to run first on Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" and NBC's "Different World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1991
Earvin (Magic) Johnson Monday officially announced the formation in Inglewood of a charitable foundation to support AIDS education and awareness programs, fund research and assist in caring for those suffering from the disease. The former Los Angeles Laker superstar announced his retirement on Nov. 7 after learning that he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS. The 32-year-old athlete said he would devote his life to being a spokesman in the fight against the disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2006
Nov. 7, 1991: "With an announcement that stunned the nation, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, the brilliant guard who was the marquee name for the Lakers and the National Basketball Assn. for 12 years, retired ... saying he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS," The Times reported. "Johnson, 32, was characteristically upbeat when he made the announcement at a packed news conference at the Forum in Inglewood.
April 8, 1994 |
About four Gs of fashion pressure are bearing down on the Lakers new head coach, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, thanks to his onetime boss. Former Laker and now Knicks coach Pat Riley set a style precedent with hair that looked as if it were raked by International Harvester and Giorgio Armani suits that couldn't ask for a better fit model. Since his first press conference as coach--at which he wore an ivory jacket, white shirt and pink and black polka-dotted tie--Johnson clearly has had a style plan.
October 13, 1992 |
Carlton Lee, chief liaison officer for the National Commission on AIDS, confirmed Monday that Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin (Magic) Johnson attended two commission meetings during his eight-month tenure on the panel. President Bush told a national television audience Sunday during the presidential debates that Johnson attended only one meeting. Bush said he "was a little disappointed" in Johnson.
November 16, 1991 |
Former basketball star Earvin (Magic) Johnson on Friday accepted President Bush's request that he join the National Commission on AIDS, saying he wants to focus attention "on what all of us must do to fight this disease." Johnson, who shocked the nation last week by disclosing he was infected with the AIDS virus and retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers, wrote to Bush on Friday accepting the post.
July 14, 1998 |
Magic Johnson Theatres will build a second multiplex cinema in the Los Angeles area, a 14-screen, $20-million complex in the city of Carson, according to company and city officials. The 70,000-square-foot project will be the only indoor movie theater in Carson, where company founder and former Los Angeles Laker basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has supported efforts to build a stadium for professional football.