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July 22, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald, 94, the first wife of media and sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke whose record divorce settlement precipitated his sale of the Lakers, the Kings and the Forum to Jerry Buss, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Purchase, N.Y., her grandson John Kent Cooke Jr. said. She was born in 1917 in Port Perry, Canada, and soon after moved with her family to St. Catharines, also in the province of Ontario. She married Cooke in 1934, when she was 17 and he was a 21-year-old encyclopedia salesman bent on success.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 1987
Cooke, who owns the Los Angeles Daily News and a number of other businesses, said he has agreed to purchase First Carolina Communications' 21 cable TV systems serving 156,000 subscribers. The systems pass about 300,000 homes, primarily in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Arizona. Cooke said his firm, Jack Kent Cooke Inc.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | David Wharton
Word got around that Jack Kent Cooke wanted to cash out. It was 1977 and the Lakers owner had entered into a divorce that would eventually cost $41 million, a sum worthy of the Guinness World Records for the most costly marital split in history at that time. His mounting legal bills created an opportunity for an eager buyer named Jerry Buss. The onetime chemist, now wealthy from the real estate boom, wanted to purchase not only the Lakers but also the Forum and the Kings. Buss had one problem -- he wasn't the highest bidder.
SPORTS
December 1, 1989
Jack Kent Cooke is suing a magazine and his former chauffeur, who claimed that the Washington Redskins' owner is a racist and implied that NFL games could be fixed. Cooke filed a $30-million libel and defamation lawsuit against Washingtonian magazine, Harry Turner and writer Rudy Maxa, saying the article was "replete with scurrilous lies." Washingtonian Executive Editor John Sansing said the magazine would stand by its story.
NEWS
September 16, 1993 | The Washington Post
Marlene Chalmers Cooke, the wife of Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, was arrested early Wednesday on a drunk driving charge after she was seen hurtling down a Georgetown street with a man clinging to the hood of her Jaguar convertible and pounding the windshield, police said. The wild ride began about 12:55 a.m. and continued for several blocks before being halted by police, who arrested Cooke and the man, an acquaintance of hers identified by police as Patrick F. Wermer, 26.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1985 | Associated Press
Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Washington Redskins football team, said Friday that he wants to buy Multimedia Inc. for $1.05 billion but was rebuffed by executives of the newspaper and broadcast concern, who said they were not interested. Multimedia said it will continue with a previously announced, $890-million management buy-out plan.
SPORTS
October 28, 1989 | VITO STELLINO, BALTIMORE SUN
Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the Washington Redskins, has proposed a broad restructuring of the National Football League, his son, John Cooke, said Friday. "This is the only worthwhile thing that's going to come out of this. We're going to redo the league," John Cooke said Friday after Washington lawyer Paul Tagliabue was elected commissioner Thursday even though the Cookes favored Jim Finks, the general manager of the New Orleans Saints.
BUSINESS
December 11, 1985 | KATHRYN HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
After nearly 30 years' absence from the newspaper industry, Jack Kent Cooke made a dramatic re-entry Tuesday with his $176-million purchase of the Daily News in Van Nuys. Cooke said he intends to bid for more newspaper properties. "This is the first of many," he said in a telephone interview from his northern Virginia farm.
SPORTS
January 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
Jack Kent Cooke II, grandson of the Washington Redskins owner and stepson of National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle, is dead at 26, the NFL said Sunday. The league said in a statement that Cooke died in Glendale, Calif., on Friday, but revealed no other details. A private funeral is planned. Cooke was the son of Carrie Rozelle, the commissioner's wife, from her previous marriage to Ralph Kent Cooke, of Lexington, Ky.
SPORTS
July 22, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald, 94, the first wife of media and sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke whose record divorce settlement precipitated his sale of the Lakers, the Kings and the Forum to Jerry Buss, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Purchase, N.Y., her grandson John Kent Cooke Jr. said. She was born in 1917 in Port Perry, Canada, and soon after moved with her family to St. Catharines, also in the province of Ontario. She married Cooke in 1934, when she was 17 and he was a 21-year-old encyclopedia salesman bent on success.
SPORTS
May 27, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The Kings arrived in Los Angeles for the first time in October 1967, the day after their last preseason game. Team announcer Jiggs McDonald, following owner Jack Kent Cooke's orders, had spent the previous afternoon scouring St. Louis for props - a Stetson for “Cowboy” Bill Flett, a Native American headdress for “Chief” Bryan Campbell and a beret for Real “Frenchy” Lemieux. The Inglewood High School band played. Players were introduced. The team was whisked away to a hotel and then toddled off to the Long Beach Arena for practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
When a family with a sports franchise undergoes divorce, one heart-rending question is: Who gets the team? That's the issue at stake between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie. McCourt, who fired his wife as chief executive last year, says she signed a document giving up claims to the ballclub (and allowing her to keep seven of the couple's residences). She says the document isn't binding. It may lead to the most dramatic ruling in this category since filmmaker Steven Spielberg, during divorce proceedings against actress Amy Irving, submitted a prenuptial agreement written on a cocktail napkin (the judge rejected the napkin and awarded Irving $100 million)
SPORTS
June 3, 2007 | BILL DWYRE
A Los Angeles-area hockey team is playing for the Stanley Cup and our founding father in such things is looking on, certainly with great interest, from the afterlife. Whether Jack Kent Cooke is watching from above or below, however, is another issue. Most of those who worked for him in the golden days of the Fabulous Forum would probably check the "below" box, but with a smile for the memories.
SPORTS
May 5, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE and STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There's no other place to begin but here, high above the western sideline, with the man who has called every Laker game at the Forum and gave it the nickname that defined it for more than two decades. It is from here that Chick Hearn has given his "word's-eye view" for the last 32 seasons. He sat in his booth for the first game the Lakers played there in 1967, and he'll be there tonight as Lakers' regular-season games at the Forum come to a close when they play the Portland Trail Blazers.
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January 24, 1999 | THOMAS BOSWELL, THE WASHINGTON POST
One week ago, a group led by Howard Milstein bought the Redskins for $800 million. At least it thought it did. Now, the NFL wants a recount. Apparently, some owners in the NFL are under the misapprehension that the Redskins are an expansion team--reated and controlled by the league to be sold to whomever it pleases and at whatever price. In fact, the Redskins were owned by Jack Kent Cooke. In his will, he established exactly how he wanted his estate and his team disposed of.
NEWS
March 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
The wife of billionaire Jack Kent Cooke was arrested Monday by the Immigration and Naturalization Service after she lost an appeal of her deportation order. Marlena Ramallo Chalmers Cooke, who pleaded guilty in 1986 to a drug trafficking charge and served time in a federal penitentiary, was taken into custody without incident at her apartment in Alexandria, Va., INS spokesman Duke Austin said.
SPORTS
April 9, 1997 | EARL GUSTKEY
Never did Los Angeles have another sports owner quite like Jack Kent Cooke, who died Sunday at 84. A media favorite for his unpredictable interviews, he was a master quipster, often cantankerous and insulting, sometimes outrageous, always incisive . . . and never dull. Today's Morning Briefing is dedicated solely to the best Jack Kent Cooke stories. * The vending machine: Early in the evening of Dec.
NEWS
May 29, 1997 | Associated Press
Immigration authorities can resume deportation proceedings against Jack Kent Cooke's widow, who pleaded guilty 11 years ago to a drug charge, a federal appeals court has ruled. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected a judge's order blocking immigration authorities from deporting Marlena Ramallo Chalmers Cooke, a Bolivian native who married the owner of the Washington Redskins for the second time in July 1995.
SPORTS
May 8, 1997 | Washington Post
Thirteen weeks before he died, Jack Kent Cooke changed his will to deny fourth wife Marlene Ramallo Cooke any part of his estate, but the document creates a charitable foundation to help gifted and underprivileged children, according to papers filed Wednesday by Cooke's lawyers. The will filed in Fauquier County (Va.) Circuit Court also could set in motion the eventual sale of Cooke's Washington Redskins, while positioning his one surviving son to be the team's buyer.
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