Boy, what a difference a month makes.
In early November, the auto mavens at Scottsdale’s Barrett-Jackson couldn’t wait to tell the world that pop star Michael Jackson’s 2001 Bentley would be offered up during the January auction.
Then they let the masses know the the master of the moonwalk might actually attend the event Jan. 24 when his ride — a Arnage Red Label Turbo sedan with 13,600 miles, two DVD players, three flat screen video monitors, a CD changer and video gaming system operational at each seat — went up for bid.
That was before Santa Barbara County raided Neverland. Now Barret-Jackson isn’t talking at all about whether Jackson or his car are coming.
Even after nearly a handful of telephone calls seeking comment, the company is still quiet.
It did however send a news release to say newlyweds Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm will offer up a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette.
Schedule permitting, the baseball and soccer stars, who have trained in the offseason in Tempe, plan to attend the event.
Tempe-based Ful ton Homes CEO Ira Fulton and his wife Mary Lou were escorted backstage for a fiveminute meeting with President Bush during a $2,000-a-plate fund-raiser Nov. 26 in Phoenix. The Fultons presented the president with a printed genealogy of the Bush Family. The gift was the fulfillment of a promise Ira Fulton gave to the elder George Bush last year.
The president posed for a picture with the couple before mentioning he had to skedaddle by 7:15 p.m.
"We didn’t know he was headed for Iraq," Ira Fulton said.
IS SCOTTSDALE NEXT?
Entertainer Merv Griffin plans to sell his landmark Beverly Hilton hotel by the end of the year, according to several news reports.
Reuters reported Griffin has reached a binding agreement to sell the 582-room hotel to computer entrepreneur Beny Alagem.
In May, Griffin denied rumors that his Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas
was up for sale. "It’s the highest performing Hilton resort," he told the Tribune. "There’s no intention of selling it at all."
You gotta wonder though. Following the announcement on the sale of Beverly Hilton, a spokeswoman for Griffin, 78, told Reuters he agreed to sell after nearly two decades because "somebody came up with a fabulous offer."
"Merv is a guy who always has 100 projects booming in his head," said Marcia Newberger. "I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him soon about his next move."
Of all the conferences held in Scottsdale resorts, this may be the most boring. The world’s largest dedicated ink jet event will be here in February.
"The Ink Jet Developers Conference 2004 has attracted a record number of suppliers, representing all aspects of the ink jet industry — ink, printheads, materials, peripherals and integration," a news release says. Imagine what a happy hour with these folks must be like.