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Nike Releases "Forrest Gump" Cortez as Fans Await "Back to the Future" Air Mag

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 25, 2015 12:18 PM

While many of Nike’s shoes are associated with forward-looking innovations, the company’s next release takes the opposite approach, looking backward to the 1970s.

On February 28, Nike will re-release the 1972 Cortez running shoe design that gained fame when Tom Hanks wore them in 1994's “Forrest Gump” as he ran across the country and sat on a bench opining about life being a box of chocolates. Designed by Nike cofounder Bill Bowerman, the Cortez will be back in its original red, white and blue color. They will be sold online and in select stores for $100 a pair.Continue reading...

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Intel On the Outside: New Partnerships Could Yield Future in Wearable Tech

Posted by Dale Buss on August 18, 2014 05:22 PM

Intel has been moving outside its core brand as the "Intel on the Inside" regime from the glory days of the PC has been dumped like a three-year-old laptop.

In just the last few days, the iconic microchip maker has announced partnerships to launch new health and lifestyle products with Michael J. Fox and 50 Cent. They're the biggest evidence yet of the strategy of CEO Brian Krzanich to make Intel a leader in the aborning "internet of things," especially wearables, and to continue to veer away from Intel's traditional dependence on chips for conventional computers.

Both moves put Intel into the mix with other tech brands that have been invading the lifestyle and health care spaces, especially Apple, which recently acquired the Beats By Dre brand and has indicated a greater interest in health-monitoring devices with its new HealthKit and rumored iWatch.Continue reading...

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Rallies Parkinson's Community for Facebook Fundraiser

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 30, 2012 11:24 AM

The Michael J. Fox Foundation refreshed its branding earlier this year in order to put the emphasis on "research" and less on "Fox." Now, for the holiday season, it's turning the spotlight “Tell Us Your Story” Facebook campaign invites patients and their loved ones to share personal experiences or anecdotes about living with Parkinson’s disease to raise money and awareness.

Biopharmaceutical company UCB will donate $5 to MJFF (up to $60,000) for every “Like” or “Share” of each person’s story now through December 31st.

The Foundation has no endowment so every dollar raised goes straight to research and progress towards finding a cure. Additionally, every donation received through “Tell Us Your Story” will be matched dollar-for-dollar as part of the Foundation’s $50 million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, which was launched by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, bringing the total potential contribution to $120,000.Continue reading...

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Embraces Its Future, and Fox, With Logo Redesign

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 8, 2012 03:45 PM

The Michael J. Fox Foundation made headlines last fall with a limited-edition collection of Nike shoes inspired by the actor's Back to the Future character. The high-profile auction raised $9.4 million for the foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson's Disease research in the world.

Fox's foundation is now heading into its own future with a new look and feel, one prompted by its humble founder, who wants to take the focus off himself and shine a spotlight onto the community of people helping find a cure for P.D.

Founded in 2000, the Foundation has just unveiled the first logo refresh in its history. "While our mission remains exclusively to speed research progress, we are increasingly a portal to engagement for the PD community at large — not just researchers but patients, their loved ones, physicians and members of the general publich who are inspired to give back," writes Holly Barkhymer, the organization's VP of marketing and communications, in a blog post.

The logo refresh features an updated font, simplified color scheme and a few tweaks to its iconic fox, who now features a dashing tipped tail and has added an ear. "We adore our fox, and it was very clear to us that the fox would remain," Barkyhmer told brandchannel. "One of the goals of the refresh was to make sure that people saw that the fox is a fox with a second ear and more defined tail. He's still fleet, intuitive, cunning, resourceful and smart."Continue reading...

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Nike ‘Back to the Future’ Shoes Raise $9.4 Million for Michael J. Fox Foundation

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2011 04:04 PM

When 1985’s Back to the Future blew the doors off of the box office (eventually pulling in $303.87 billion), two sequels were automatically set into motion and released in 1989 and 1990. And somewhere in there, someone got fully turned onto the joy of product placement. 

Back to the Future II was particularly chockfull of brand names, including Pepsi, Texaco, Mattel, Pizza Hut, Black and Decker, The Weather Channel, 7-Eleven, and AT&T, among others. But fans salivated most over the special shoe that Nike designer Tinker Hatfield created for the film, the Nike MAG shoe, with its glowing LED panel and an electroluminescent “Nike” for Michael J. Fox to wear as the film’s hero, Marty McFly.

Sneaker aficionados had been begging the company for years to release the same shoe to the mainstream. So in a highly-publicized eBay auction in September, Nike made only 1,500 to auction off on eBay to raise cash for Michael J. Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The result was $4.7 million from consumers, which a matching initiative doubled to $9.4 million.Continue reading...

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Nike MAG eBay Auction: Back 4 the Future is Now in the Past. Next Up: Nike's LeBron 9

Posted by Michael Waltzer on September 23, 2011 12:58 PM

The Marty McFly-tastic Nike MAG eBay auction (dubbed "Back 4 the Future" given its Back to the Future tie-in) has ended, with impressive results as a fundraiser for Michael J. Fox's foundation.

During the 10 day period of the auction, all 1,500 pairs of shoes were sold, many to millionaires (check out Kanye West's B4TF kicks) to be sure, but all for a great cause.

Stupiddope.com reports that the final tally raised at auction was $5,695,190 and 53 cents — for which Sergey Bin, Co-Founder of Google, is matching dollar for dollar. That $11 million will now see its way to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

But don't fret all you sneaker fans out there, because although the shoe may have been out of reach for many, there is more memorabilia going around to hopefully satisfy that craving.Continue reading...


Did Nike Shoot Itself in the Foot by Making Marty McFly Nike MAG Shoes for VIPs?

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 9, 2011 06:17 PM

The first pair of Nike MAG shoes have been sold to British performer Tinie Tempah.

The 22-year-old rapper paid $37,500 for the first pair of the shoes in a live auction in Hollywood last night. The 1,499 other pairs of the Back to the Future-inspired shoes are being sold to "qualified bidders" on eBay, after being hyped this week in a viral campaign and then revealed last night by Michael J. Fox, whose Parkinson's foundation will benefit from the proceeds (which Google will match). 

The only problem: fans of the movie and sneaker collectors who've been clamoring for the one-of-a-kind kicks are complaining that they've been tricked — that only celebrities and VIPs like Tempah can get them, because they certainly can't afford to pay thousands of dollars for the limited-edition kicks, even for a great cause.

What do you think? Did Nike shoot itself in the foot by whipping fans into a frenzy with a brilliantly executed public viral campaign —only to reveal that they can't afford them? Post your thoughts in our debate forum.

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NIKE MAG eBay Auction Goes Live - and Back to the Future [Video]

Posted by Michael Waltzer on September 8, 2011 07:30 PM

Following a viral campaign that drove sneaker-heads, movie buffs and Back to the Future fans crazy this week, Nike has confirmed that it's all to do with the release of its latest shoe — the Air Mag — and a good great cause.

The limited-edition shoe is based on Marty McFly's self-tying, glowing Nike kicks in Back to the Future II, the release is a fundraiser for the foundation of the actor of who played McFly, Michael J. Fox.

The "McFly's Closet" video at top was born to go viral, posted by a YouTube user calling himself DocEmmettBrown88 and featuring McFly's sneakers.

Watch Nike's Air Mag spot below and read about the build-up, timed (cleverly) to the Fashion Week and Fashion's Night Out frenzy revving up into high gear today.Continue reading...

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