Friday, August 25, 2006

Here's Johnny....

Here's John with the new look and his new clothing line. T'shirts available at

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Just When You Thought It Would Never Happen....

You asked for it and you got it....Photos of John's new look coming soon....

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Autographs For A Good Cause

A fan wrote in with a great suggestion about making a donation to the American Cancer Society. Anyone who sends a $10 check made out to the American Cancer Society will get an autographed baseball or 8x10 photo (please specify which one you want). Please have all checks to me by by August 31st 2006 as I will be forwarding them to the ACS with a letter from John about the Jimmy V Foundation.

Debi Curzio & Associates, Inc.
PO Box 670927
Marietta, GA 30066

Monday, August 21, 2006

John at a more welcoming golf event

To Give Or Not To Give....

I have been dealing with this situation since Friday, and quite frankly I am exhausted. Here's what happened in detail. You be the judge:

The Jimmy V Foundation ( calls me sometime in June, eager (and I stress eager) to have John attend this golf tournament. Okay...a no brainer. It's in North Carolina, it's for a good cause and John likes to golf. Done.

With that the Foundation books our flights. They book our hotel rooms, and they even ask if it's okay to use John's photo on a billboard. I repeat...A BILLBOARD. And the CEO of Jimmy V Foundation doesn't know about this? Does he ever drive through town?

Mysteriously, 5 weeks later I get the unpleasant phone call. "We're sorry - and we're sick over it - but John cannot attend." Just like that. Explanation please? I'm sorry, was this not a charitable organization? Is John not a human being entitled to an explanation? You ask him to clear his schedule, purchase several hundred photos for fans, use his name and photo for advertising (which they tell me John's been the biggest draw for the event) and we cannot get as much as an explanation? Am I missing something? Not to mention that they leave it to me to deliver the bad news. Bad manners and spineless.

Okay, not the end of the world but what about the fans I ask? What about the Dad who brings his 8 and 12 year olds, who stand around all morning clutching onto their baseball, waiting for John to show up and sign it? What about them?

"I'm sorry," is all I get.

So I do what any pit-bulling, image-protecting publicist would do. I go to the media in the hopes that they would at least give John the opportunity to let his fans know he didn't let them down and that his absence at the event is out of his control. And how do you think that turned out? Well, this is exactly how it turned out:

After a long conversation about - and only about - the Jimmy V Foundation with Mike S. (mikes@850thebuzz) at 850 the Buzz in North Carolina, he agrees to give John the opportunity to go on air and talk about it. At 4:40 today John calls in to host Chris Clark, and Chris says, "First let's talk sports." From there he goes into the Yankees, the Red Sox, relief pitchers, etc. When he's done he says, "Hey John, thanks for coming on." And with that the interview is over.

As I listen to the interview like a deer caught in headlights, I am wondering if I have somehow drifted off into the Twilight Zone. I waste no time calling Mike S. to find out what happened and he acts as if this was never supposed to be about the Jimmy V incident. Was I the only one having the conversation? Did I send that press release and discuss the situation him because I had nothing better to do?!!

Why is it that when John does something deemed inappropriate, the national media smears his name all over town, calls me day and night trying to get an interview and jabbers on about it ad nauseum, yet when something inappropriate is done to him, everyone acts like it never happened. Coincidence, media conspiracy or something else?....You be the judge.

Here is a response from the Jimmy V Foundation to one of John's fans. Notice how they cleverly "imply" John backed out:

"We don't uninvite anyone. Things come up with a celebrity and they have to back out. This happens all the time. If you notice, there have been many changes within the last 2 weeks. The list changes up until the Friday before the tournament. No one gets univited."

PS...John is grateful to all his fans who emailed the Jimmy V Foundation in his defense.