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SBJ/May 7-13, 2012/Opinion
Future of concessions; presidents making news
Published May 7, 2012, Page 22
■ Team presidents in the news: Kudos to Miami Marlins President David Samson, who on April 27 ran 52.4-miles — all in one day. He has raised $600,000 for charity in the run (see story). … I caught up briefly with Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill after reading about his meeting with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Bidwill piloted Gorbachev to New York aboard his Citation jet after the former Russian leader gave a speech at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. “It was an honor to meet him,” Bidwill said, “and I thanked him on behalf of my generation of Americans who appreciate everything he did for world peace.” Bidwill chuckled a bit when talking about communicating with Gorbachev. “We exchanged some words,” he said. “Some of his words were in Russian, and then he said, ‘yes, yes’ with his translator there. At the airport, as I presented him with his Cardinals shirt, we joked around with it. I found his manner to be very warm and gregarious. There was a lot of non-verbal communication, with hand gestures. I found him very warm and genuine. It really was a true honor.”
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