In your June 4, front-page obituary on Lew Wasserman you mention that “he was active in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.” This is accurate but understates his important role in the bid for the Games and the Games themselves. There was a lot of Wasserman in the Games of the XXIII Olympiad.
He also served as director and chairman of the investment committee of the Amateur Athletic Foundation, which received 40% of the profits of the ’84 Games. To date, the AAF has given away more than $100 million to youth sports in Southern California and has an endowment of $150 million for the future. Wasserman didn’t just lend his name (which was formidable) to the Olympics. He actively worked for the ’84 Games and then the AAF.
John C. Argue
L.A. Olympic Organizing
Committee, Los Angeles