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June 7, 1992 | KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of his life, John A. Lack has created a stir. Kicked out of prep school at 16, made general manager of New York's WCBS-AM Radio at age 32, Lack coaxed $25 million out of Warner Communications Inc. and American Express in 1981 to launch MTV, the rock 'n' roll cable network. Lack left MTV's parent company just two years later, looking for ventures that offered a significant ownership stake. He scored one hit (radio stations) and one miss (video vending machines).
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June 7, 1992 | KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of his life, John A. Lack has created a stir. Kicked out of prep school at 16, made general manager of New York's WCBS-AM Radio at age 32, Lack coaxed $25 million out of Warner Communications Inc. and American Express in 1981 to launch MTV, the rock 'n' roll cable network. Lack left MTV's parent company just two years later, looking for ventures that offered a significant ownership stake. He scored one hit (radio stations) and one miss (video vending machines).
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October 6, 1986
John A. Lack has been named president and chief executive of Pacific Vending Technology Ltd.
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November 27, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Now here's an idea: a 60-minute TV show with 60 minutes' worth of commercials. It's more than an idea. Firebrand, a media company based in New York, launched the all-commercials-all-the-time show on the ION network (in L.A. on KPXN-TV Channel 30) late Monday with hopes of getting young people to view advertising: as entertainment, not an annoyance. TV commercials "are a reflection of pop culture," said John A. Lack, a co-founder of MTV who is Firebrand's chief executive.
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December 6, 2002 | Steve Springer, From Staff and Wire Reports
Verbal attacks at boxing news conferences are nothing new. But a promoter blasting his own fighter? In a scene truly bizarre, even for boxing, promoter Bob Arum ripped Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for failing to show up Thursday at a news conference in Las Vegas to discuss the defense of his World Boxing Council lightweight title Saturday against Jose Luis Castillo.
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