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Names In The News
Published August 24, 2009
|Coe's Visibility Helping LOCOG In
Marketing For '12 Olympics
ALL THAT JAZZ: In Salt Lake City, Steve Luhm profiled Jazz Exec VP/Basketball Operations & GM KEVIN O'CONNOR, who at 10 years in the position has "become the NBA's second-longest tenured general manager behind Sacramento's GEOFF PETRIE because of a tireless work ethic, an intense competitiveness and a franchise-first approach to his job." Nets President ROD THORN: "I have tremendous respect for him because he's worked his way up through the system and has become one of the best in the business. He doesn't get the notoriety that some bigger-name guys do, but I don't know anybody who does a better job" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/23).
LASTING TRIBUTE: Boston's Liberty Hotel this weekend unveiled the Ebersol Suite, which is named for NBC Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL's late son Teddy, "who was a huge Red Sox fan." The suite, "which will run $6,000 a night, is decorated 'Fever Pitch'-style with Red Sox photos and trinkets." On hand for the unveiling were Ebersol, Ebersol's wife, SUSAN SAINT JAMES, Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER, Henry's wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO's wife STACEY LUCCHINO and SI writer PETER KING (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/24).
Daldry May Work On Opening,
Closing Ceremonies For '12 Olympics
IN MEMORY: VANOC Design Dir LEO OBSTBAUM, the "creative spark behind the 2010 Olympics, including the mascots and medals," died Thursday at his Port Moody, Canada, home at the age of 40. Obstbaum "had a hand in designing the look of the Games and its torch as well as the medals and mascots, Quatchi, Sumi and Miga." VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG called Obstbaum's contributions a "true enduring legacy of what went on here in Vancouver" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/23).