February 12, 2004 |
The problem with an appreciation is that is can read like an obituary. It helps when the subject is alive, as Magic Johnson indeed is, and there are a lot of other people doing the appreciating, as there were Wednesday evening outside Staples Center. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of Johnson, not quite a full-court pass from the one of the Great Gretzky. For any athlete aspiring to his own statue in Los Angeles, a snappy nickname apparently furthers the cause.
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August 4, 2001 |
While Magic Johnson has won many basketball games, his biggest victory, he says, will be when there is no technological divide in South Los Angeles. To make sure that happens, the Magic Johnson Foundation and Hewlett-Packard Co., along with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission and AT&T, opened a renovated computer center Friday at the Ujima Village Housing Development. The center shows its technological and athletic roots.
September 14, 1999 |
To: Readers From: Michael Quintanilla, Times Fashion Writer Hey, L.A., guess who kicked off Fashion Week here in the Big Apple? Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the former Laker himself, and his lovely wife, Cookie. They were in Manhattan hosting a weekend of festivities on behalf of the Magic Johnson Foundation that ended Sunday night with a rousing "Salute to African American Designers."
August 11, 1999 |
Palms swayed decorously in the evening breeze. Hundreds of people milled around among the fountains and bougainvilleas on the grounds of the Santa Monica Sheraton Miramar Hotel on July 28, sipping Champagne and nibbling beef and fish tidbits cooked on hot rock griddles. "This is a pre-event," explained Greg Roberts. "Or actually, it's a pre-pre-event."
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July 31, 1999
More than a thousand children packed the Willowbrook Magic Johnson Recreation Center on Friday to attend the 14th annual "Midsummer Night's Magic Weekend." Among other things, children got to eat all the ice cream and cotton candy they wanted for free, said Lisa Meyers, spokeswoman for the Magic Johnson Foundation. Some even got to rub shoulders or share a slide with the businessman and former Laker basketball star.
April 22, 1998 |
Out on the sidewalk, a number of Tibet sympathizers carry picket signs with slogans like: "Save Tibet Now," "Do for Tibet What You Did for Iraq" and "Don't Let Tibet Die." Six of them are in Week 7 of a hunger strike. Inside the hotel, hundreds of guests enjoy a nice lunch. They are here in downtown Los Angeles--as the protesters are--for a brief visit by Kofi Annan, the United Nations' secretary-general, who says, "I have just returned from a deeply moving trip overseas."