June 4, 1986 |
The Los Angeles-based Chiat/Day advertising agency--which rocketed to national fame by creating some of the most unorthodox and alluring commercials in recent memory--has lost its second major advertising account in less than a month. Nike Inc., the Beaverton, Ore.-based maker of athletic shoes and apparel, announced Tuesday that it was dropping Chiat/Day and consolidating its estimated $10 million worth of advertising with the Weiden/Kennedy agency of Portland, Ore.
February 15, 1992 |
In the summer of 1977, a small-time basketball promoter named Sonny Vaccaro came to Oregon to see the men at Blue Ribbon Sports. Vaccaro, who had been referred by sports agent Jerry Davis, carried with him prototypes of a sandal-type basketball shoe he had designed and hoped to sell to Nike. About half a dozen managers took Vaccaro to lunch at a local Chinese dive, where they listened to him talk about his shoe. Nobody was very interested in it. They were fascinated, however, by Vaccaro.
February 18, 1992 |
On the last night of Nike's annual week-long trip for college basketball coaches in August, 1986, a 1920s-style speak-easy was set up in an immense tent at the La Costa resort in (Carlsbad). As a '20s band played, more than 100 party-goers mingled, including some of basketball's best: Michael Jordan, Artis Gilmore, Moses Malone, Abe Lemons, Billy Cunningham, Lou Carnesecca, P.J. Carlesimo and Jim Valvano.