Monthly Archives: March 2014 Reports Passing of Child Star Shirley Temple

Entrepreneur and sports broadcast executive Charles Besser founded the Chicago-based company Intersport in the mid-1980s. Since that time, he has produced sports and entertainment programming that has aired on such major networks as Discovery, ESPN, and NBC. Charles Besser also formed the Digital Media Group, which in turn created is a popular entertainment platform on the web. The site previews videos and news stories in such genres as fitness, sports, gadgets, style, music, and home. News videos can be shared with friends on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Tumblr, and Reddit.

One of the top stories covered in February 2014 was the death of Shirley Temple Black. The former child star, who passed away at the age of 85, began acting, singing, and dancing when she was only five. Listed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the world’s greatest stars, the singer and actress was popularly known for her rendition of the song “The Good Ship Lollipop” as well as a number of film roles. “Bright Eyes,” produced in 1934, and “Curly Top,” released in 1935, were two early movies that popularly featured the star. Temple was also considered briefly for the role of Dorothy in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”


Marquette University Receives $10 Million Donation

Charles Besser is the current president and chief executive officer of Intersport, a marketing company focusing on sports and entertainment. A graduate of Marquette University, Charlie Besser played for the university’s varsity golf team and received the prestigious McCahill Award for athletics. Charles Besser later attended the Marquette University Law School.

Marquette University recently received a $10 million donation from an unnamed donor. About $7.5 million of the contribution will help the university add a new residence building for Jesuit priests. The university will construct the proposed building—at a cost of $15 million—within one block of the existing residence, which the university will eventually tear down to provide Marquette with additional green space. The remaining portion of the donation will bolster the university’s scholarship program, particularly financial aid for students in need. In May 2013, the school revised its strategic planning platform and identified need-based scholarships as one of the university’s top priorities.