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STATEMENT FROM CONVERSE PRESIDENT GIB FORD ON THE RETIREMENT OF LOS ANGELES LAKER EARVIN 'MAGIC' JOHNSON

    STATEMENT FROM CONVERSE PRESIDENT GIB FORD ON THE RETIREMENT OF
            LOS ANGELES LAKER EARVIN  MAGIC' JOHNSON
    NORTH READING, Mass., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Converse President Gib Ford issued the following statement on Magic Johnson:
    "We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Magic's illness and retirement from the Lakers.  We have only just heard the news regarding his medical condition and have no further comment until we have spoken to Magic and his agent directly.
    "Converse has been associated with Magic since 1979, and we have the utmost admiration and respect for him as a world class athlete and human being.  Earvin  Magic' Johnson has been an excellent worldwide ambassador for the game of basketball and Converse.  We extend our sincere support and sympathy to Magic and his family during his extremely difficult time."
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    /CONTACT:  Jennifer Murray of Converse, 508-664-7521/ CO:  Converse Inc. ST:  Massachusetts IN:  HOU SU: PS -- NY103 -- 2471 11/07/91 19:19 EST
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