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Published June 21, 1995
Penguins Owner HOWARD BALDWIN has signed a two-year, producing deal with Universal Pictures, "marking the first studio affiliation for the Baldwin-Cohen Entertainment Co. Baldwin and his wife, KAREN, have joined entrepreneur RICHARD COHEN in the partnership. Baldwin is Exec Producer of the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, "Sudden Death," due this fall (VARIETY, 6/25 issue)....MIKE DYER, President of the St. Louis Sports Commission, will be joining the NBA as VP of Event Management. Dyer will direct events such as All-Star Weekend, the Draft, Draft lottery, and int'l exhibitions and tournaments (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/21). ....Former Sam Houston Race Park license holder (and Devils Owner) JOHN MCMULLEN is upset with the track's proposed reorganization and may file in federal bankruptcy court to regain control (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/20).... TANYA CURRY was promoted to Dir at ESPN Enterprises (Gould Media Services). ...HAKEEM OLAJUWON appeared on the "Late Show" last night. Olajuwon, on winning a second time: "Nobody expected us to win it, but that is what made it so much fun." Hakeem played ping-pong with one of Letterman's neighbors (CBS, 6/20)....CLYDE DREXLER appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Drexler: "It's been a great ride" (NBC, 6/20). ....More from MICHAEL JORDAN's interview with LARRY KING: Jordan said without the strike, he might have stuck with baseball: "I was in favor of the players, and next thing I know, I find myself in the middle of a money-making situation. That really wasn't fun for me" (CNN, 6/20). LETTERMAN'S TOP TEN: The Top Ten Good Things About Being a 2-time NBA Champ: 10) Just six more championships and you'll have an eight-peat; 9) Every time you eat a Dorito in public, you make a cool million bucks; 8) Get to co-anchor CBS News with Dan Rather; 7) When you eat at Howard Johnson's, they slip you a couple extra fried clams; 6) When you go to Disneyworld, Mickey has to kiss your ass; 5) For some reason, after you win the title twice, those cute Doublemint twins start hanging around; 4) Every night for the rest of your life, you're bathing in Gatorade; 3) "Hakeem" will become the most popular name for newborn babies; 2) Congratulatory lap dance from Marv Albert; 1) You get to meet Batman! ("Late Show," CBS, 6/20).