From Barbranda Walls
“I’m going to stay cool at 50,” said basketball legend and successful entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson on receiving his official AARP membership card Thursday (he turned 50 in August).
In an hour-long session, the always-engaging Johnson strolled out into the crowd, quizzing audience members about what they like best about AARP and then riffing off their answers.
One woman asked for a senior discount at his businesses (he said he would take it under advisement), and another asked if her HIV-positive daughter could contact him (he said he would call her tomorrow).
Dapper in a gray 3-piece suit, Johnson thrilled the crowd by posing for pictures with audience members. In-between pictures and engaging with the audience, Johnson wove in stories about his playing days in the NBA and getting his start as a businessman — and also stressed the importance of taking care of your health and investing in your community.
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