December 31, 1999
CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan was the overwhelming choice of business and advertising executives asked to name the top sports endorser of the 20th century.Jordan received four times as many votes as golfer Tiger Woods, the runner-up, in a poll asking executives to name the sports celebrity from the 1900s that they'd want most to pitch their products. Chicago-based Burns Sports Inc., which hires sports figures as endorsers, conducted the survey.Golfer Arnold Palmer finished third.Even though Jordan retired before last season, the five-time National Basketball Association most valuable player is earning $69 million annually from endorsements with companies such as Nike Inc. and McDonald's Corp.
February 1, 1999
Hearing the words of actor Ossie Davis alone would be enough to justify seeing "I'll Make Me a World: a Century of African-American Arts," starting tonight on PBS."Art was at one time the only voice we had to declare our humanity," says Davis, one of the first voices heard in this six-hour documentary series on the history of black artists in 20th century America."When we were described as barely above cattle, certainly not human, it was our art that we had to show the rest of the world that possibly we were humans.
August 26, 2001
For Sir Richard Eyre, his six-part television series Changing Stages is an exercise in the art of the impossible. "Theater insists on being live, in the present tense," he says in the opening episode. "It can't be recorded. You can't show it on television." Or, as he puts it in the handsome coffee table book he co-wrote with playwright Nicholas Wright to accompany the PBS series, "Making television programs about the theater is as quaint a folly as putting ventriloquists on the radio."
May 2, 1999
Flacks, spinmeisters, press agents, publicity men, propagandists, social psychologists, political consultants, media mavens, opinion researchers, lobbyists, public relations counsels -- can anyone doubt that the 20th century is the PR century? No group has done more to influence how we live, shop, eat, dress, travel, indulge, invest, vote, think and envisage who we are, individually and collectively, than the tens of thousands of men and women who have chosen this line of work. Or its allied field of advertising.
July 1, 1999
To take the "Photo of the Century," there's no need for a fancy camera. The only equipment necessary is 100 people with good timing.These people -- each born on a different Fourth of July of the 20th century and representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia -- are the winners of the "Photo of the Century" contest sponsored by Kodak.The winners -- including two youngsters from Maryland, Chelsea Leigh Marsh and Casey Marsh -- were chosen from more than 25,000 entries from all over the United States, plus one entry each from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
November 19, 2006
The U.S. Naval Academy wasn't built in a day. But the first decade of the 20th century was the boom time when the school's grand and important buildings were conceived, designed and built. Theodore Roosevelt, president from 1901 to 1908, championed a muscular Navy as the 20th century's doors opened. Ninety years ago in November, The Baltimore Sun reported, bids were received for constructing a naval experimental station across the Severn River. The grounds of an old Army property, Fort Madison, was the proposed site.