NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published August 26, 1996
Olympic gymnastic coach BELA KAROLYI will appear on the MTV Video Music Awards on September 4 as a "coach" to DENNIS RODMAN, HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, ALANIS MORISETTE AND SNOOP DOGGY DOGG (N.Y.POST, 8/25)....Lakers rookie KOBE BRYANT makes a cameo on HBO's "Arli$$" September 4 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/26)....AutoNation USA, WAYNE HUIZENGA'S used car operation, has bought land in Plant City, FL, for a reconditioning facility. It will employ over 100 people (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/24). In other Huizenga news, Republic Industries has denied a N.Y. Post report saying that ADT Ltd. "is close to rejecting its proposed" $4B buyout offer. The proposed buyout would give Republic Chair Huizenga a $2.2B-a-year "juggernaut with interests in waste disposal, electronic security and used cars" (MIAMI HERALD, 8/24). ...JOE MONTANA, along with three other investors, is exploring the purchase of Metro Distributors, which distributes Coors beer in the Kansas City area (K.C. STAR, 8/25)....PHIL JACKSON is hosting a party in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention for BILL BRADLEY at MICHAEL JORDAN'S restaurant in Chicago (N.Y.POST, 8/25)....Young CEO's are the subject of a N.Y. TIMES Sunday feature, "How Young Is Too Young for CEO's?" Morrow Snowboard Founders, ROBERT and NEIL MORROW, both 26, are featured (N.Y. TIMES 8/25)....Among TEXAS MONTHLY's "Most Influential Texans of '96": MICHAEL JOHNSON, "the fastest -- and the classiest" by "showing his medal in Sports"; while MICHAEL IRVIN, "the ringmaster of the Media Circus. ... fumbles his private life" (TEXAS MONTHLY, 9/96).