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Published April 11, 1995
Former Pistons VINNIE JOHNSON and BILL LAIMBEER will start a new company called Piston Packaging, Inc., which will manufacture corrugated boxes for shipping. The company plans to hire about 125 people and will be located in the city's empowerment zone, making it eligible for tax breaks (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/8)...."ET" reported on a PEOPLE Magazine "Pop Monitor" survey that tracks over 250 celebrities on various factors used by advertisers. One question: "Who would Americans most like to trade places with?" Men chose MICHAEL JORDAN, and women picked OPRAH WINFREY ("ET," 4/10)....CNN's "Showbiz Today" previewed the TBS HANK AARON documentary, "Chasing the Dream." Aaron on death threats he received when chasing Ruth's record: "I was not able to enjoy my children. I lived in a hotel room where anytime I went out of the room I had to have two detectives with me. So it was something that very painful" (CNN, 4/10). Aaron was also a guest on "The Tonight Show" where he received a standing ovation. Aaron on the strike: "I think there were some horrible mistakes made by Don Fehr and management" (NBC, 4/10).... Boxing Promoter BOB ARUM was a guest on ESPN's "Up Close" last night. Arum said GEORGE FOREMAN would like to fight Mike Tyson, "but it won't happen, I think, because there is a guy named DON KING." Arum, saying the sport needs a commissioner -- "like a" DAVID STERN or PAUL TAGLIABUE -- to clean up some of the corruption in boxing, and he suggested PETER UEBERROTH. Arum dismissed any internal candidates, since everybody in boxing "has been tainted" over the past 30 years. Arum said he is still interested in pursuing an NBA franchise, and called New Orleans a "great, great city." Arum denied suggestions the NBA denied his bid to move the T- Wolves to New Orleans was because he was involved in boxing (ESPN, 4/10)....In Philadelphia, Diane Pucin writes on ANDRE AGGASI's ascension as No. 1 on the ATP rankings: "Now men's tennis is anticipated. Because Aggasi and [PETE] SAMPRAS both want to be No. 1, each plays hard every week" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/11)....NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN said the NBA has no plans to set up franchises in Europe: "Europe has its indigenous leagues and franchises. We're not seeking to transcend (European basketball) but rather to become part of it" (USA TODAY, 4/11)....JACK NICKLAUS, at the Masters, told the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES that technology may be ruining golf. Nicklaus: "You're probably going to see them shooting in the 50s regularly if that continues" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/9)....MIKE TYSON has purchased a $3.7M Las Vegas home and five BMW's with the money he earned for signing with Showtime and MGM Grand (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/11).