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February 5, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to recapture its former luster in the American market, German athletic shoe and apparel maker Adidas is expected to put its U.S. and Canadian operations in the hands of Rob Strasser, a former marketing whiz for Nike, the industry giant. As part of the move, Adidas will purchase Strasser's Portland, Ore., consulting firm and name him chief executive of Adidas America, according to sources familiar with the transaction.
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February 5, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to recapture its former luster in the American market, German athletic shoe and apparel maker Adidas is expected to put its U.S. and Canadian operations in the hands of Rob Strasser, a former marketing whiz for Nike, the industry giant. As part of the move, Adidas will purchase Strasser's Portland, Ore., consulting firm and name him chief executive of Adidas America, according to sources familiar with the transaction.
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January 16, 1992 | Associated Press
Steroid use by Nike-sponsored athletes and widespread under-the-table payments to amateur competitors are among the allegations in a book released this week that details the inner workings of the athletic shoe and apparel giant. "Swoosh, The Story of Nike and the Men Who Played There," was written by sisters Julie Strasser and Laurie Becklund. Strasser was Nike's first advertising director and her husband, Rob, was the marketing whiz during the company's rise during the 1980s.
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June 4, 1986 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 1992 | J.B. STRASSER and LAURIE BECKLUND, "Swoosh, The Unauthorized Story of Nike and the Men Who Played There," 1991, J.B. Strasser and Laurie Becklund, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc
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.
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February 18, 1992 | J.B. STRASSER and LAURIE BECKLUND
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.
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