A Look Back at Singapore (1990 – 1994) – MJ, Mother Teresa And More

Sources: In Sing | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Do you remember what Singapore was like in the early 1990s?

In 1990, Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister after 25 years, and Goh Chok Tong was handed the baton.

In 1993, the late Ong Teng Cheong won the elections and became president. That year also saw the king of pop, Michael Jackson’s first and only performance in Singapore on his 35th birthday.

inSing looks back at the major news highlights back then.

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This August 29, 1993 file photo shows American pop music star Michael Jackson performing the first of two concerts at the National Stadium in Singapore, marking his 35th birthday. He performed in front of 47,000 people.

Two Italian Michael Jackson fans hold up a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner in front of the Raffles Hotel 28 August 1993 where Jackson is staying. Jackson celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday 29 August. The pop idol was expected to be joined by his sister, Janet and Elizabeth Taylor in support for Jackson who was battling allegations of child abuse in California.

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Fans of pop singer Michael Jackson hold banners, shout and give the thumbs-down while leaving Singapore’s National Stadium 30 August 1993, after the concert was postponed to Wednesday 01 September. Jackson called off his second Singapore concert citing ill health an hour after its scheduled start. Thousands of fans stormed the promoters’ office asking for ticket refunds.

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Michael Jackson fan Lilly Kowsar of Los Angeles holds a poster of a child outside Singapore’s Raffles Hotel 31 August 1993. Jackson called off his second concert late 30 August 1993 citing ill health.

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U.S. actress Elizabeth Taylor walks to a van after disembarking from Michael Jackson’s private plane which brought them both from Singapore 3 September 1993. Jackson gave two concerts in Taiwan 4 and 6 September 1993.

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Mother Teresa (L) gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on 20 October 1993 in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner was on a stop-over while enroute to China where she set up a fist home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai.

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Newly-elected President of Singapore Ong Teng Cheong (C) is greeted by his supporters, 29 August 1993, soon after he was declared the winner in Singapore’s presidential elections. He was the fifth President of Singapore and was in office from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999.

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A handout picture dated 12 February 1993 of the missing tanker Petro Ranger anchored off Singapore water. The vessel’s shipping agents, Petroships Pte Ltd. in Singapore, said they believed it was hijacked by pirates while navigating the South China Sea.

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The Singapore delegation is pictured 20 September 1990 in Beijing prior to the 11th Asian Games.

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A freed passenger from the hijacked Singapore Airlines Airbus receive a hug from a relative at Singapore’s Changi International Airport on 27 March 1991. The Singapore Airlines jetliner was hijacked on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 27 March 1991. Singapore army commandos stormed the aircraft and killed four Pakistani hijackers with no loss of lives among the passengers. The pirates, who claimed to be members of Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, demanded the release of political prisoners, among whom they mentioned Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari.

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A group of Vietnamese refugees lie down 22 November 1992 while on a hunger strike, which began 17 November to protest their inability to obtain resettlement in a third-country. One protestor committed suicide early 21 November. The refugees had arrived in Singapore after weeks at sea escaping the harsh conditions of communist Vietnam.

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A Philippine Coast Guard personnel wipes off bunker oil from two female survivors of the Cebu City ferry boat which sunk after it was rammed by a Singapore-registered Kota Soria cargo vessel before dawn at the mouth of Manila Bay on 2 December.

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Raffles Hotel still looks the same now as it did in June 1992. This photo shows the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Singapore based Raffles Holdings Ltd., whose flagship is the prestigious Raffles Hotel, said 23 April 2001 it was buying the Swissotel chain of hotels and resorts from the troubled SAirGroup for 439 million Singapore dollars (243 million USD).

 

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Recipe For Michael Jackson’s Favorite Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Nicoise

Source: Healthy Living Magazine – By Yana Mandeville & Kai Chase

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Chakra Cuisine, Beverly Hills. HL gets an insight into the exquisite culinary world of celebrity chef Kai Chase. Her style of New American cuisine featuring a signature twist of Cuban and Creole and her love of food have made her a favorite with Michael Jackson, Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige and President Barack Obama. This beautiful California native shares her tips on healthy eating and what made her the chef to the stars.

Healthy Living Magazine: You mentioned the salad you will be making for us today is a favorite among many of your celebrity clients.

Kai Chase: This is a favorite of a lot of my California clients. Steve Harvey loves this dish and it was one of Michael Jackson’s favorites. It’s a very simple Mediterranean style salad. It’s called the Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Nicoise. It’s a healthy, all organic blend of seared ahi tuna that’s coated with herbs de Provence, accompanied with tear-drop tomatoes, Haricot vert—which are French green beans—oven roasted red potatoes, hard boiled eggs and Nicoise olives, drizzled with a shallot herb vinaigrette.

Healthy Living Magazine: Where do we start?

Kai Chase: First we’re going to sear off the ahi tuna. I’ve already crusted it with the herbs. We have some herbs de Provence that consists of dried lavender, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano and Marjoram. We want to heat a saute pan on high heat. This way we’ll be able to create a nice crust on the ahi tuna. It should be raw on the inside and nicely coated and seared on the outside, to hold those beautiful herbs onto the ahi tuna.

Healthy Living Magazine: Is there one particular herb or spice that you use in most of your meals?

Kai Chase: I love garlic and cilantro. Having a Cuban background, I use a lot of garlic and a lot of cilantro. As we sear Ahi tuna, you can tell its reaching its desired doneness by the coloring. It starts getting a lighter color. I’d say cook the tuna for about 2 minutes per side for rare. You can leave it on a little longer depending on your liking. Now, we can start assembling the salad. I like to use a lot of different leafy greens such as red leaf lettuces, mesculin, watercress and endive. Organic and gorgeous.

Healthy Living Magazine: Why do you have many different lettuces here?

Kai Chase: That’s what makes the salad so pretty. Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, watercress, and escarole. You always want the salad to be pretty, and you get a lot of different spices with the different flavors of lettuces. Some are a little more sweet, some are a little more peppery.

Healthy Living Magazine: How long does it usually take to make?

Kai Chase: The long part is the prep. You want to boil all the eggs and sear off the tuna, but it should take no longer than 30 minutes altogether.

Healthy Living Magazine: I think it looks amazing. What about the naan, do we serve that on the side?

Kai Chase: Yes. We can grill it or toast it. It goes well with the ahi. You could take a little piece of naan bread, put in a little salad and a little ahi and eat it like that. It’s very tapa-esque. Or you could just have it on the side. This dressing is very complimentary for this particular salad. It consists of red wine vinegar, premium olive oil, oregano, basil and a splash of white truffle oil.

Healthy Living Magazine: Can you share with us what Michael Jackson’s favorite dish was that was made by you?

Kai Chase: Michael’s favorite dish that I made for him was this salad. The seared Ahi Tuna Salad Nicoise. Its very tasty. He liked the lean protein and the organic veggies around it.

Healthy Living Magazine: He liked eating healthy as well then?

Kai Chase: Absolutely.

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Nicoise with Shallot-Herb Vinaigrette

8 oz. Ahi Tuna Loin
1 Tbl. EVO
1 tsp. White Truffle Oil
1 ½ Tbl. Herbs de Provence
Organic Sea Salt and Pepper

½ c Mizuna
½ c Arugula
1 Endive, Torn
½ c Red Leaf Lettuce, Torn
1 Baby Red Roasted Potatoes, Scrubbed, Roasted, Cooled and Quartered
1 Roma Tomatoes, Quartered
1 Large Brown Eggs, Hard Boiled, Peeled Warm, Cooled and Quartered
2 oz. Haricot Verts, Trimmed, Blanched until just tender and still bright green, Cooled and Cut ¾ to 1 inch slice
6 oz. Nicoise Olives

Herb-Shallot Vinaigrette :

2 tsp. Shallot, Chopped Fine
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
6 Anchoives + 1 tsp. Anchovy Oil
1 tsp. Basil, Dried
1 tsp. Oregano, Dried
1/3 c Red Wine Vinegar
½ c EVO
Cracked Black Pepper (optional)

Method: 

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette, whisk to blend and refrigerate.

Cook, Cut and prepare all of the vegetables (red potatoes, roma tomato, eggs and haricot verts). Place prepared lettuces in a separate bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Drizzle the EVO on the tuna loin and season with salt and pepper; Place the herbs de provence on a place and gently roll the loin over the herbs to coat. Heat a large, dry skillet over high heat. Add a Tbl. of EVO and gently lay the loin onto the sauté pan and sear for about 2-3 minutes (or desired doneness). Turn; cook until desired doneness. Slice the Ahi loin about ½ inch thick.

In a large bowl, add the lettuces, and some of the vinaigrette and toss lightly. On a plate place the dressed greens and arrange the vegetables atop. Make sure to arrange the vegetables around the salad to make a pretty compound salad. Arrange the Ahi on top of the greenery. Drizzle with more of the vinaigrette and fresh cracked pepper. Serve and enjoy.

What is Kai’s Favorite dish to make? 

“Rock-A-Mole” & Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

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Large Haas Avocados, Cut and Seeded
½ Poblano Chile, Seeded, Stemmed and Finely Chopped
Serrano Chile, Seeded, Stemmed and Finely Chopped
½ Medium Red Onion, Finely Chopped
Cilantro, Chopped
½ Lime Juice, Fresh Squeezed
2 oz. Jars Pimento, Sliced (juice removed)
½ Granulated Garlic
Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

On a wooden cutting board slice the avocado length wise and open, remove the seed with a chef’s knife and scoop the green, creamy flesh into a large mixing bowl. Using a fork mash the avocado until it becomes a semi-chunky and creamy consistency. Add the poblano chile, serrano, onion and pimento, mix together with fork. Add the cilantro and lime juice. Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

To Make The Chips:

Yellow Corn Tortillas (1 dozen), cut into triangles
½ tsp. Chile Powder
tsp. Sea Salt
Tbl.Lime, Fresh
Safflower Oil Cooking Spray

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. On a foil lined baking sheet spread the tortillas evenly and coat with the safflower oil spray on both sides. Sprinkle with salt, chile powder and lime juice. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Once done, remove from the oven and serve warm with the “Rock-A-Mole.”

Read more: http://www.healthylivingmagazine.us/Articles/58/

Thriller Dance Performed At The American Red Cross of Scotland’s 18th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Game Night

Source: Robesonian.com – By Mary Katherine Murphy

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4651321 9887987984 77416116321 LAURINBURG — With the Golden Girls, John Belushi, professional golfers, and two Michael Jacksons milling around the St. Andrews University Belk Center on Saturday, the American Red Cross of Scotland and Robeson Counties welcomed the most diverse list of attendees yet to its 18th annual Celebrity Dinner and Game Night.

Before a meal catered by Chartwells, the evening’s waitstaff paraded in character before the 300 guests at the Red Cross chapter’s largest annual fundraiser. FCC North Carolina’s beach bums earned the judges’ nod for the most original theme, with King Arthur and his court, sponsored by Domino’s Pizza, giving the funniest performance.

“We had a whole thing going,” said Allen Wood, who as the Knight of the Cross of Crimson mistakenly thought the event was given in his honor. “We actually had a little bit more to go — we were going to do a sword fight — but we were going a little long.”

The night included a team performance by representatives from Scottish Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Bob’s Jewel Shop and John’s Fuel Service as the Golden Girls. Representatives from Railroad Friction Products were dressed as professional golfers and from Murphy-Brown LLC, leprechauns. WLNC Radio and Reaves Engraving representatives dressed as the cast of Downton Abbey — and Campbell’s Soup workers came as zombies from Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” video.

“When I was in high school it was a really big deal when the Thriller video came out,” said Merrideth Hale, who with the other members of the Campbell’s Soup team has participated in the Red Cross event for more than a decade. “We’ve been thinking about doing the Thriller theme for three or four years now and we finally did it, so we’re pretty excited.”

The whole ensemble, including costumes, table decorations, and a dance number that was named the evening’s best parade performance, was the result of eight weeks of work.

“The dance routine we put together in my garage on Monday night. We popped the music in there, looked at a couple of videos, and started practicing,” Hale said. “We just have so much fun.”

Returning to the grave with the best in show title were the Scotland Health Care System waitstaff, all in attendance as dead celebrities — among them James Brown, Sally Ride, Shirley Temple, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and system CEO Greg Wood as Liberace.

“My son’s a big reptile fan so I saw some snakes and alligators in his room and borrowed them for tonight,” said cardiovascular center director Greg Stanley, who as Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, opted out of taping a stingray to his back. “This is his hat, too. It’s been great, having fun with a lot of folks that you know and raising money for a good cause.”

Following dinner, the event transformed into a combination casino night and dance party, with guests given the option to try their hand at the poker or craps tables or to dance the night away. All money won and lost during the game night had value only in Monopoly and the live auction held at the end of the evening.

“I try to do everything I can to help because they help us quite a bit too,” said Laurel Hill volunteer firefighter Tommy Zydor as he manned the roulette wheel on Saturday. “It’s just a lot of fun. Everybody has a good time.”

Named the Red Cross chapter’s executive director late last year, Cynthia Bradley praised the efforts of prior director and current disaster program manager Carol Ann Lentz as well as the event’s sizable volunteer force in orchestrating the dinner and game night. Bradley estimated that between “tips” left for the waitstaff, several 50/50 drawings, and the silent auction, the event would surpass its $33,000 fundraising goal.

“I cannot tell you how in awe I am of all of the people and how much work goes into it and how they all smile doing it,” she said. “It’s such a cohesive group it’s just amazing. I walk around with my mouth open because of the community spirit. For a small county, it’s amazing how many people come out and participate.”

Read more: http://www.robesonian.com/news/home_top/3917625/Costumed-characters-turn-out-to-boost-coffers-for-Red-Cross

Throwback Article March 21, 1991: Sony Had To Keep Michael Jackson Happy

Source: New York Times/ Baltimore Sun

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IN WHAT MAY BE the most lucrative arrangement ever for a recording artist, Sony Corp. announced yesterday that Michael Jackson, the pop-music icon of the 1980s, had agreed to create feature films, theatrical shorts, television programming and a new record label for the Japanese conglomerate’s American entertainment subsidiaries.

Jackson, whose albums “Thriller” and “Bad” were the two biggest-selling records of the past decade, also agreed to extend by six albums his existing contract with Epic Records, a Sony subsidiary.

Neither Sony executives nor representatives of Jackson would say how much the singer will receive under the agreement, which had been in negotiations for six months.

However, Sony officials said the company could realize $1 billion from retail sales of the various Jackson products.

The deal could be a prototype of the multi-media arrangements star performers can now demand and receive from the giant information-and-entertainment conglomerates that have been created through mergers and acquisitions in recent years.

Entertainment industry executives and analyst said, in fact, that to keep the 32-year-old Jackson, who had reportedly made rumblings about leaving for another label, Sony had no choice but to allow him to produce his own records and films.

“He doesn’t need the money; this is the guy who owns the Beatles’ music catalog,” said Emanuel Gerard, a communications analyst with Gerard Klauer Mattison in New York.

“What we’re dealing with largely is his ego. And from Sony’s standpoint, no matter what, they could not afford to have Michael Jackson signed away from them.”

A senior executive of a rival entertainment company, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified, said:

“My reading is that they were close to losing Michael Jackson. So you start by saying, ‘What do you have to do to keep him?’ He doesn’t need the money. So you say we have this fantastic company that has all these avenues for you. Give us your albums and you can do movies, TV shows.”

Neither Sony executives nor representatives of Jackson would comment on the negotiations, and a spokesman for Jackson said the singer would not talk.

But Michael P. Schulhof, the president of Sony Software, the Sony division that includes its entertainment subsidiaries, said the deal was viable simply because of Jackson’s varied talents.

“This is the first example where we have been able to combine interests in both film and records,” said Schulhof, 48, who is directing Sony’s efforts in multi-media packaging. “Because Michael Jackson is a multi-faceted entertainer, we felt this was the first time we could attempt it. If this transaction works as we anticipate, it might very well be the forerunner of a new kind of entertainment deal.”

Industry executives who have followed the negotiations said the contract called for Jackson, who is already the highest-paid performer in the record business, to receive an advance higher than the $18 million he was reported to have received for the final record of his current contract.

That would mean that Jackson would be paid more than $108 million for the six new albums alone, on top of whatever he might receive for the movies, television shows and records he might produce, write or star in.

Tommy Mottola, the president of Sony Music Entertainment, said the company based the estimate of $1 billion in retail revenues on the 40 million copies of “Thriller” and 25 million copies of “Bad” that have been sold, at an average of $10 per record, or $650 million.

Jackson’s entire family seems to have a strong hold on the public imagination and the entertainment industry’s wallets. Just last week, his 24-year-old sister Janet signed a contract with Virgin Records that the entertainment trade press said would pay her between $30 million and $50 million for three to five records.

Under the terms of his deal with Sony Software, Jackson will star in his first full-length feature film, which will be produced by Columbia Pictures Entertainment. The company described the film as a “musical action adventure” based on an idea of Jackson’s.

Jackson is currently negotiating with Sir Richard Attenborough, who made “Gandhi,” and Chris Columbus, the director of “Home Alone,” to direct two of the short films, Mottola said. He said other potential directors include David Lynch, the creator of “Twin Peaks,” and Tim Burton, the director of “Batman.”

Jackson is also creating a new record label, called Nation Records, under the auspices of the Jackson Entertainment Complex. With it, “he will be developing new, young and budding talent, and he will be the magnet to attract superstars to leave their current recording company to come to Sony,” Mottola said.

Some analysts suggested that Sony might be taking a large risk in assuming that Jackson’s popularity will extend from records to other media.

“Michael Jackson is yesterday’s news,” said Stanley Lanzet, an analyst with Arnhold & S. Bleichroder in New York who tracked sales of the Jackson shoe line. “He’s not magic anymore.”

But Sony’s competitors in the entertainment industry were not so quick to criticize the deal. “I don’t think you’d ever bet against Michael Jackson,” said Joe Galante, the president of RCA Records.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1991-03-21/features/1991080202_1_michael-jackson-sony-jackson-happy

Flooded Argentinian Road Gets The Michael Jackson Treatment

Source: Metro

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A group of friends made light of recent flooding by filming one of them moonwalking through the high waters.

The interesting footage, filmed in the Argentinian city of Neuquen, was uploaded to YouTube last month.

Clad all in black with a red-trimmed fedora – Jackson’s signature millinery – the joker doing the stunt navigates water that’s up to his knees.

He smoothly moonwalks through it to applause from his friends.

Recent heavy rain has swept across areas of South America, mirroring the wet weather experienced by the UK and northern Europe.

 

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Choreographer Inspired By Michael Jackson And Sony Xperia Z2

Source: Marketing Magazine – By Ben

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A choreographer uses his Sony Xperia Z2 to find inspiration for a dance sequence, in an ad featuring a remix of Michael Jackson track ‘Slave to the Rhythm.’

The 90-second spot opens with the choreographer – in fact world-renowned French dancer Jeremie Belingard - using his handset to film a street dancer performing in a subway, whose performance he shows his dancers in the studio. “We’re gonna have to find this sense of freedom,” he tells them.They dance. “Yes, yes,” he says, before the ad switches to him getting the train home and reviewing the footage. He is even seen viewing his screen in the bath, where he plunges the handset into the water, presumably to demonstrate its waterproofing to anyone watching from beyond the fourth wall.

Read more: http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1282282/choreographer-inspired-michael-jackson-sony-xperia-z2

A Look Back At 2013

Source: The Michael Jackson World Network

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The MJWN has done a fabulous recap of this years’ news in the world of Michael Jackson.  I would also like to congratulate to Jayne Ross and her staff for celebrating their 15th year in the fan community and all the other sucesses that they have had this year, which include: 600 articles posted, a brand new website launced in March and joining Twitter.  MJWN experienced a massive surge on their Facebook page, starting out the year with 10,480 followers and ending the year with 160,000! See more below:

“But we’re not here to gush over our year. Instead we’re here to look back at 2013 and what happened in the world of Michael Jackson. Whilst he may not be with us anymore; and not a day goes by where we don’t stop to pause and think of him; much still happens that’s news and noteworthy. From a well publicised trial, to tributes, celebrity interviews, releases, leaked footage, tours, books, exhibitions, breaking new records and more. In case you missed any of it, here are the highlights of the past 12 months!”

January

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March

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May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Read more here: http://www.mjworld.net/news/2013/12/30/a-look-back-at-2013/

 

Throwback Article: Michael Jackson A Reluctant Spokesman, Ducks All Questions At Press Conference Held By L.A. Gear

Source: LA Times – By Bruce Horovitz (Published September 14, 1989)

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Michael Jackson is the $20-million corporate spokesman who won’t speak.

“Protect me. . . . Don’t let them ask me any questions,” Jackson whispered Wednesday morning to a top executive from L.A. Gear, moments after the enigmatic pop star told a Hollywood Palladium full of reporters that he was “very happy” to be a part of the L.A. Gear team.

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By next spring, Jackson will be starring in L.A. Gear commercials. In the meantime he will help design and market a new line of L.A. Gear shoes. In return, Jackson not only has signed a multimillion-dollar contract, but he has also received options to purchase a “sizable amount” of L.A. Gear stock over the coming years, Chairman Robert Y. Greenberg told The Times in an interview after the press conference.

“If he wants to buy into the company, that’s up to him,” said Greenberg, who attended the press conference but did not speak to the gathering. Greenberg would not reveal details of the agreement, but he did say that the longer Jackson remains with L.A. Gear, the larger his ownership stake might grow.

‘Could Buy the Place’

“He has no ownership in the company right now,” said Sandy Saemann, executive vice president of L.A. Gear, who negotiated the deal and will direct the upcoming Jackson commercials. “But I suppose if he wanted to, he could probably buy the place.”

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Saemann called the agreement with Jackson “the largest corporate association ever reached between a company and a celebrity.” One source close to L.A. Gear, who insisted on anonymity, said the contract with Jackson will exceed $20 million over two years.

Jackson has hooked up with one of the fastest-growing companies in America. L.A. Gear expects sales to exceed $1 billion this year, a huge leap from sales of $4.5 million posted in its first year, 1983. On Wednesday, L.A. Gear stock rose $1.25 a share to $65.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. Clearly, “Captain EO” has replaced “Captain” Kareem in the L.A. Gear advertising line-up. Jackson, who plays the film role of “Captain EO” in attractions at Disneyland and Disney World, is replacing former Los Angeles Laker basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as L.A. Gear’s corporate spokesman.

Decked in black sunglasses, black slacks, a black jacket and a pair of black, $69 “Sportster” shoes made by L.A. Gear, Jackson read a 10-second prepared statement to reporters and then scurried from the stage.

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When Jackson was first led on stage, a dozen flood lights filled the room and fog began to spew from giant machines. The stage from which Jackson spoke was dotted with dozens of giant fake palm trees and live fern plants that the company rented for the occasion.

Looming behind Jackson was a giant new logo for “Unstoppable,” the line of footwear that the company says the fashion-conscious pop singer will help design and market. “This word epitomizes what L.A. Gear and Michael Jackson represent,” said Saemann. “Together we’re an unstoppable team.”

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In an interview, Saemann said L.A. Gear spent more than $50,000 on the press conference, which was broadcast live via satellite to a sportswear show in Munich, West Germany.

http://articles.latimes.com/1989-09-14/business/fi-361_1_michael-jackson

Administrator’s Note: The reason Michael was in a hurry to leave was because of the questions being thrown at him from the press about his sister LaToya’s claims that they were trying to kidnap her. When asked about it after the press conference, he simply said, “I love her.” See below.

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I’m not trying to bring up the past and old hurts, just letting you know why he was anxious to leave. At least the LA Times didn’t mention it in the article. CP♥