McKinley's magic moment - Hawaii News

McKinley's magic moment - Hawaii News

There are 40 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 17, 2009, titled McKinley's magic moment - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

For two weeks, McKinley High School has been abuzz with speculation about who would be the special guest speaker at an assembly yesterday -- everyone from Kobe Bryant to President Barack Obama.

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Michael A Herr

Firebaugh, CA

#1 Sep 17, 2009
Did anyone remember to ask him how many women he had sex with, unprotected sex, in order to catch the AIDS virus? I believe he bragged of having had sex with thousands of women before getting AIDS.

I do not consider him a role model for youth.

“Nothing Good Can Come of This!”

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#2 Sep 17, 2009
'You can do anything you want to be'

Is this REALLY how you want to start a speech on the importance of education?!

On the other hand, its great to see a sports icon giving back to communities and youth. While his past behavior left something to be desired, it makes his message that much more believable. Good work, Magic!
Barry O

Henderson, NV

#3 Sep 17, 2009
Someone should have asked him how he survived all this time with the HIV while most people with the disease without his bankroll die.
Yeah me 2

AOL

#4 Sep 17, 2009
Michael A Herr wrote:
Did anyone remember to ask him how many women he had sex with, unprotected sex, in order to catch the AIDS virus? I believe he bragged of having had sex with thousands of women before getting AIDS.
I do not consider him a role model for youth.
Should've asked him if Ex-American Idol Judge Paula Abdul was REALLY all THAT. Also, how much did President Obama pay him for his visit.
Bucko

Palm Springs, CA

#5 Sep 17, 2009
Barry O wrote:
Someone should have asked him how he survived all this time with the HIV while most people with the disease without his bankroll die.
I've had HIV longer than Magic, something on the order of 30 years. I have survived and I often don't have enough dough to get through a month. I think you're inventing goblins.
northshore resident

Eton, GA

#6 Sep 17, 2009
Gee, the guy agrees to speak to students to encourage them to succeed, he mentions that he doesn't want them to get what he got and the kids all loved seeing him and hearing him - and guess what - all the first four posters can do is complain and criticize. Give the guy a break - he isn't getting paid, Obama had nothing to do with it and he is a successful sports legend and business man. Where is the Aloha spirit?
Wilt

Honolulu, HI

#7 Sep 17, 2009
Wow these are some pretty negative comments....eek i'd hate to visit hawaii...
Yeah me 2

AOL

#8 Sep 17, 2009
northshore resident wrote:
Gee, the guy agrees to speak to students to encourage them to succeed, he mentions that he doesn't want them to get what he got and the kids all loved seeing him and hearing him - and guess what - all the first four posters can do is complain and criticize. Give the guy a break - he isn't getting paid, Obama had nothing to do with it and he is a successful sports legend and business man. Where is the Aloha spirit?
Give it a break, it's only Thursday. Why is he only talking at McKinley? Is this school really lacking in educating and mentoring kids--look around there are worst schools with just as bad students. Are there any other public schools on his "Inspiration Speech" tour? Oh, I forgot, he'll be hitting the private schools--that's where the money is at. You're probably going to tell me that he's liberal and not capitalisic minded, right!! Conservative or liberal, everyone's out to make a buck. It just so happens, that it's the Liberal's turn. How many students do you really think were listening. It just another period in school to get out of class and burn a couple doobies or do a couple of 8-balls.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#9 Sep 17, 2009
Michael A Herr wrote:
Did anyone remember to ask him how many women he had sex with, unprotected sex, in order to catch the AIDS virus? I believe he bragged of having had sex with thousands of women before getting AIDS.
I do not consider him a role model for youth.
Enough with the hatred. Johnson paid for his indescretions with HIV.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#10 Sep 17, 2009
Barry O wrote:
Someone should have asked him how he survived all this time with the HIV while most people with the disease without his bankroll die.
I have an friend who's been HIV positive for 18 years and HE doesn't have Majic Johnson's bankroll. As a matter of fact, he lives on disability.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#11 Sep 17, 2009
Wilt wrote:
Wow these are some pretty negative comments....eek i'd hate to visit hawaii...
Gee. With your name I'd think of changing it. People might associate it with Wilt the Stilt, and you KNOW how many women he had sex with.

p.s. just joking. Those other's who are attacking Magic Johnson are just mean spirited idiots.
Pearl City

Honolulu, HI

#12 Sep 17, 2009
Yeah me 2 wrote:
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Give it a break, it's only Thursday. Why is he only talking at McKinley? Is this school really lacking in educating and mentoring kids--look around there are worst schools with just as bad students. Are there any other public schools on his "Inspiration Speech" tour? Oh, I forgot, he'll be hitting the private schools--that's where the money is at. You're probably going to tell me that he's liberal and not capitalisic minded, right!! Conservative or liberal, everyone's out to make a buck. It just so happens, that it's the Liberal's turn. How many students do you really think were listening. It just another period in school to get out of class and burn a couple doobies or do a couple of 8-balls.
Read the Article!!! All you people who complain about what Magic did or didn't do. All you people assume to much. What have you done to encourage kids as Magic is doing. The main thing is that these kids look up to him and he is spreading a positive message "Stay in school and go to college, work hard as to what you want to be. All these complainers, Amazing
Johnny Bouy

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 17, 2009
Michael A Herr wrote:
Did anyone remember to ask him how many women he had sex with, unprotected sex, in order to catch the AIDS virus? I believe he bragged of having had sex with thousands of women before getting AIDS.
I do not consider him a role model for youth.
How about our sons and daughters putting their lives on the line every day fighting terrorisum and making America safe, so that richly rewarded celebrities like Magic Johnson, Michael Jackson and those others who never get shot at...get all the limelight?

America has become a delusional place in honoring such mundane personalities who actually "contribute" nothing to promote honor, discipline and perservance in making this country the best as it once was!

Actually, Magic Johnson's well being from the HIV is "promoted" at the expense of those who really need blood transfusion for various reasons such as, surgery...but because he has "deep pockets", can afford to get his entire blood supply "flushed" and "restocked"!
Bob_Mililani

San Diego, CA

#14 Sep 17, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
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Those other's who are attacking Magic Johnson are just mean spirited idiots.
No matter what the story, there is always somebody out there that will rain on your parade. What amazes me is that the number of negative comments usually far surpass the positive ones. I wonder why. Surely we can't be a society where the majority of people are "the glass is half empty" types.
Bucko

Palm Springs, CA

#15 Sep 17, 2009
Johnny Bouy wrote:
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How about our sons and daughters putting their lives on the line every day fighting terrorisum and making America safe, so that richly rewarded celebrities like Magic Johnson, Michael Jackson and those others who never get shot at...get all the limelight?
America has become a delusional place in honoring such mundane personalities who actually "contribute" nothing to promote honor, discipline and perservance in making this country the best as it once was!
Actually, Magic Johnson's well being from the HIV is "promoted" at the expense of those who really need blood transfusion for various reasons such as, surgery...but because he has "deep pockets", can afford to get his entire blood supply "flushed" and "restocked"!
What? You have something against doing well in life despite long odds? And, what does Mr. Johnson's outreach have to do with transfusions? Transfusions are a major problem. No one gets one on a whim. It can lead to other infections, alzheimer's and coronary problems. They are dangerous and a measure of last resort.
America delusional? Where have you been? If getting shot at qualifies you to be an icon, then there's one heck of a lot of icons in the world today.
You talk of the glory of war in which, really, there is little glory, but there is a lot of gory death. Mr. Johnson speaks of peace and advocates for saving lives.
What? You have something against peace and saving lives?
Football fan

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 Sep 17, 2009
Simply, Thank you Magic Johnson for giving your time and encouragement to our youth of America.
Yeah

Wailuku, HI

#17 Sep 17, 2009
Good for McKinley High School, being the first DOE school to respond to this offer and then having Magic speak on campus. It reflects the "go get 'em" attitude of its administrators and teachers. Go Tigers!
surfbound

Paia, HI

#18 Sep 17, 2009
So, Magic Johnson is a hero. Why is that? Because he slept around and was unfaithful to his wife?

Let's try and pick real heroes - people who make a real difference.

For instance, although Jim Brown, former Cleveland Brown superstar, had troubles in his past, he has worked for decades to solve the gang problem in Los Angeles. Jim Brown is a hero.
Magic fan

Wailuku, HI

#19 Sep 17, 2009
My nephew and I got to meet Magic Johnson through the Make A Wish Foundation in 1991, when the Lakers were practicing at the NBC to prep for its game against Portland. Mr. Johnson was gracious and kind to us, letting us take lots and lots of pictures, and signing autographs. I remember his eyes being filled with compassion for my nephew, who was being treated for cancer at the time. This happened before Magic himself knew he had HIV, or at least before it became know to the public. I respect this great man, especially for his willingness to meet and encourage others.
Stan

Detroit, MI

#20 Sep 17, 2009
There are a lot of heros and role models out there.

The kids will listen to the sports hero. Yes, even with all the negatives that adults are tried to wallpaper him with. He's HIV, player, black, whatever. He speaks well of personal achievement. I lived in E Lansing for 12 years. He has inspired many in sports and from there to achieve their potential in other areas. I have heard him over 6 times; he has quality ideas and much to offer in encouragement.

Honolulu kids received something special with the talk and the rest of you naysayers need find some other person to draw your inspiration.

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