SBD/February 29, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published February 29, 2012
DANCING HIS WAY TO TV: In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted Packers WR DONALD DRIVER, who will be a contestant on ABC's "DANCING WITH THE STARS," and his wife, BETINA, have been "big fans of the show for years." After the NFL season ended, Driver's agent BRIAN LAMMI said that Driver "asked him to reach out to ABC to see if they would consider adding" him. ABC producers "spoke with Lammi, and then spoke with Driver to sound him out about the show." Lammi said, "It was not an incredibly long process. We just reached out and kind of waited to see if he would be a good fit for the show" (JSONLINE.com, 2/28).
COURSE RENOVATIONS: In Miami, Douglas Hanks noted DONALD TRUMP on Monday officially announced that his company is paying $150M to purchase the Doral golf resort out of bankruptcy. As part of the deal, Trump "insisted Marriott exit as the Doral's longtime operator so that his company could run the property." He said that he will spend another $150M renovating the 692-room hotel and redoing the four golf courses there. Trump said that he has hired GIL HANSE, a "leading designer of golf courses, to remake the four courses that are part of the Doral complex" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/28).
ALL-STAR PARTY SCENE: In Orlando, Shannon Owens writes the NBA lockout "undoubtedly took its toll on the NBA All-Star festivities." With "just over eight weeks to plan an all-star event, a few high profile All-Star events were [noticeably] absent from the itinerary: NBA Players Association Gala and the LEBRON JAMES, DWYANE WADE 'Two Kings' dinner." Large corporate sponsorship and parties were "few to none and Orlando's All-Star weekend also had to compete with the Oscars, Daytona 500 and Universal Studios' Mardi Gras to attract celebrities and VIPs" last weekend. Owens writes the city of Orlando "did a great job hosting this somewhat last-minute large scale event as evidenced by the turnout at the NBA jam sessions and the games." But Owens notes there was a "bit of 'star' missing from the All-Star this weekend and I'm grading this as a C-" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/29).
LACK OF NOTICE: Kentucky State Fair Board Chair RON CARMICLE said that he "asked board President HAROLD WORKMAN on Tuesday to rehire the KFC Yum! Center's ousted" GM TED NICHOLSON. Carmicle said Workman fired Nicholson "without prior notice or discussion" with the board. Workman "declined to comment" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 2/29).
NAMES: First lady MICHELLE OBAMA will attend the CIAA basketball tournament Friday in Charlotte to promote her "Let's Move" anti-obesity project (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/29)....The Fullerton (Calif.) City Council has asked the Parks & Recreation Department to “come up with a way of memorializing” late Baseball HOFer GARY CARTER, who played Little League in the city. Mayor SHARON QUIRK-SILVA said that dedicating a street or a field after Carter are “among the possibilities” (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/29)....Former Univ. of Texas football coach DARRELL ROYAL and his wife, EDITH, have “announced the creation of the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Diseases.” Royal has been “living with dementia for several years” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 2/29)….Basketball HOFer DAVID ROBINSON’s private-equity firm Admiral Capital Group has “received $15 million to invest for the Texas Teacher Retirement System” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, 2/29)….The WNBA Atlanta Dream has won the “Team of the Year” award at the 7th annual Atlanta Sports Awards (THE DAILY)....Lucky Strike S.F., a pub set to open across the street from AT&T Park, has announced MLB Giants P BRIAN WILSON has joined the restaurant as partner and owner (Lucky Strike)….Patriots LB JEROD MAYO, WR JULIAN EDELMAN and RB KEVIN FAULK recently served breakfast at Children’s Hospital Boston as part of the team’s “Celebrate Volunteerism” campaign (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/29).