April 16, 1993 |
Bryan Chang, a 6-foot point guard from Huntington Beach High, signed a letter of intent Thursday with Oral Roberts, said his father, Howard. The elder Chang said Oklahoma State basketball Coach Ed Sutton reviewed a videotape of the Southern California playoff game between Huntington Beach and Los Angeles Crenshaw, and relayed word of Bryan's abilities to a former assistant, now with Oral Roberts. "They said they liked that Bryan was a true point guard," Howard Chang said.
March 20, 1992 |
Evangelist Oral Roberts, who once said God told him to build a huge medical center called City of Faith, said he is selling it for an undisclosed sum to an investment group. Roberts, 74, began shutting the Tulsa, Okla., complex--three towering gold buildings, including a 60-story clinic--in 1989 because of debt. He had pleaded unsuccessfully with followers to send him $11 million to keep creditors at bay. Roberts said the investment group plans to turn the complex into commercial real estate.
January 16, 1987 |
Oral Roberts may have gone too far in his demands for donations and could be blacked out this Sunday morning, according to the one Los Angeles television station that carries his program. For the last two weeks, the Oklahoma television evangelist has been informing his viewers that he will die if they don't contribute $4.5 million to his ministry by March. His Sunday morning program is carried by 200 stations nationally, including KHJ-TV Channel 9.
May 13, 1990 |
A court-appointed trustee says he will sell Jim Bakker's former satellite network to Oral Roberts University for $6 million at the end of the month unless he finds a buyer for the entire PTL complex. "I do have a firm deal with Oral Roberts University. However, in the contract, I expressly reserved the right to sell all the assets until the point of approval of the sale of just the network," the trustee, lawyer Dennis Shedd, said last week.
February 24, 1987 |
A Las Vegas sports book is asking state gaming officials for approval to post odds on whether evangelist Oral Roberts will raise the $4.5 million he says is needed to keep him alive. But the head of the state Gaming Control Board said the odds of such a wager being allowed are slim. "I think it's fair to assume . . . that the answer would be no," said board Chairman Bart Jacka.
September 14, 1989 |
Evangelist Oral Roberts announced Wednesday that he will close his City of Faith hospital and medical school and sell his home to help make up for a $25-million deficit caused by a drop in donations. Four other ministry-owned homes, including his evangelist son Richard's house, and an 830-unit housing complex for married students at Oral Roberts University here, also will be sold, Roberts said at a campus news conference. He said the 777-bed hospital would close by Jan.
February 25, 1987 |
Evangelist Oral Roberts, criticized by some for asking for contributions to prevent his death at the end of March this year, said last year that he would die by the end of 1986 unless he raised $8 million, according to a report published today. A spokeswoman for the 69-year-old evangelist said Roberts apparently had made a mistake.
March 22, 1987 |
Oral Roberts, facing what he calls a deadline from God to raise $8 million by March 31 or die, said he planned to fast and pray for the remaining money, but a Florida man says he will donate the final $1.3 million. Jerry Collins, who owns two greyhound racing tracks, signed a personal check to Roberts on Saturday at his office at the Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club, publicist Phil Denis said. "He saw a story in the Orlando Sentinel this morning out of Tulsa saying Roberts was $1.
March 23, 1987 |
A Florida dog-track owner presented a check for $1.3 million today to the son of evangelist Oral Roberts after plans for him to give the money to Roberts in the preacher's prayer tower fell through. The money apparently put Roberts' $8-million fund drive for medical missionary work over the top eight days before what the evangelist has called a do-or-die deadline from God. Jerry Collins of Sarasota, Fla.
April 18, 1988
The San Diego State baseball team got its 12th straight victory Sunday, defeating Oral Roberts, 11-2, at Smith Field. Erik Plantenberg, a freshman left-hander, struck out eight and gave up one earned run in six innings. It was his sixth victory without a loss. Dave Riddle, Scott Webb and Rusty Filter finished in relief. Outfielders Jeff Barry and Brian Lutes supplied most of the offense for SDSU. Barry was 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run.