SBD/November 19, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published November 19, 2013
ACT LIKE A TOURIST: The state of New York yesterday gave $5M to the N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl Host Committee "to encourage visitors to see New York-area attractions, boost interest among local fans and entertain journalists." Half of the funds "will go toward the Super Bowl Boulevard" fan attraction in Times Square, while $1M "will be used for a touring vehicle that will make 24 stops" in the N.Y. area to promote the game. Also, $500,000 each will be "spent on advertising, a media party for 5,000, and volunteer expenses" (NEWSDAY, 11/19).
ZEKE THE BUILDER: Basketball HOFer ISIAH THOMAS in November "made his first foray into investment real estate" by buying a six-story, 20-unit apartment building in Evanston, Ill., for $7.3M. Thomas is now seeking investment opportunities "in far more distressed areas of Chicago." Thomas said that he is "looking at properties on the city's West Side to purchase or refurbish." Thomas is CEO of River North-based Isiah Int'l Co., whose holdings "include private equity, waste removal, film production and even gourmet popcorn." But real estate "likely will be his new focus as a way of giving back to his old neighborhood" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 11/18).
NAMES: Ravens GM OZZIE NEWSOME yesterday was back at work "less than 24 hours after a health scare" caused him to be hospitalized overnight in Chicago. Newsome said, "I'm fine" (Baltimore SUN, 11/19)....The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will induct Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES as a member next spring (Horatio Alger Association)....Lightning Owner JEFF VINIK recently paid $10M “to buy 3 acres of empty downtown real estate across the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 11/19)....Basketball HOFer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR yesterday was at the Sacramento Convention Center to “kick off the first-ever California STEM symposium, a two-day event designed to help K-12 educators improve how they teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics” (SACBEE.com, 11/18)....Golfer DEWEY ARNETTE said that he was “the one who spent $1,200 to buy an ad” in yesterday’s Florida Times-Union asking Owner SHAHID KHAN to sign former NFLer TIM TEBOW (ESPN.com, 11/18)....Atlanta resident LAQUETTA THEUS early this month “had her lawsuit tossed out,” after claiming in August that Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN had “fathered her child” (AJC.com, 11/18).