Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Changing Careers: Mayor-elect Kevin Johnson
While President Elect Barack Obama was making history as the first African-American to be elected POTUS, retired NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, former point guard for the Phoenix Suns, became the first Black elected mayor of Sacramento, California. This almost went under our radar and we wanted to spare you the draw dropping expression at your company's holiday party next week.
A political science graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, mayor-elect Johnson isn't the first former professional athlete to go political. You may recall US Congressman J.C. Watts, two time Orange Bowl MVP, being drafted as quarterback by the New York Jets or Hall of Famer Bill Bradley slapping boards in the NBA for the Knicks before becoming a US Senator. How about former professional wrestler, Jesse "The Body" Ventura threw his hat into another ring and became Governor of Minnesota. (Okay, you're correct. That was a stretch, but he was a professional "athlete," right?)
We at ALBC would like to congratulate Mayor Elect Johnson for his major change and his choice. He changed careers and chose the people of Sacramento. Mr. Mayor, it appears they chose you as well. Congratulations!!And here is the rest of it.