NATIONAL COMMISSION ON ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME
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Statement by the National Commission on AIDS
About the Resignation of Earvin Johnson, Jr.
Soon after he was appointed to the Commission, Magic
Johnson said he became concerned that he would be used as
a figurehead by a White House that had no real interest
in doing more about AIDS.
From the moment Magic Johnson announced that he was
infected with the AIDS virus, he became one of the
world’s major figures committed to fighting this
epidemic. While President Bush has lost the benefit of
Magic Johnson’s counsel, the country has not. We’re
certain that Mr. Johnson will continue making unique and
invaluable contributions to AIDS awareness, education and
We have deeply valued Magic Johnson as a friend
colleague on the Commission. We will miss him.
Commission, however, will continue to bring
independent policy analysis and recommendations to
White House and Congress.
September 24, 1992
Contact: Thomas Brandt
June E Osborn. M.D.
David E. Rogers, M.D .
Hon. Richard B. Cheney
Harlon L. Dalton, Esq.
Hon. Edward J. Derwinski
Don C. Des Jarlais. Ph.D.
Eunice Diaz, M.S., M.P.H.
Donald S. Goldman, Esq.
Charles Konigsberg, M.D . M.P.H.
Hon. J. Roy Rowland M.D.
Hon . Louis W. Sullivan. M.D.
Roy Widdus, Ph.D