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In Jim Naughton?s book Taking To The Air, the main character is Michael Jordan. The book is Jordan?s life and talents. Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the fourth child and the youngest of three boys. Michael Jordan is by any measure, the most popular athlete in America and perhaps the best-known figure in the world. I have chosen to use Maslow?s Theory of Hierarchy of Need to analysis Jordan?s personality. I will do my analysis by focusing on Jordan?s healthy personality, which is marked by his continued personal growth.
Michael Jordan?s parents are James and Deloris Jordan. James began work as a forklift operator for General Electric, rose to dispatcher and retired as a supervisor. Deloris took a job after her children were in school at a drive-through window for United Carolina Bank. She worked her way up to head teller and retired as chief of Customer Service. Jordan has two brothers and two sisters; James Ronald, Larry, Deloris and Roslyn. He married Juanita Vanoy. Juanita, who was a loan officer at Chicago Bank before marring Jordan, Michael and Juanita, have two sons; Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James.
Jordan?s friends admired him and value his friendship because he is a considerate and noble man. The Jordan?s are "pretty laid-back people". (Naughton, 1997, Pg. 19) Fred Whitfield, a friend of Jordan states, "he was just a real clean-cut guy with his head on straight." (Naughton, 1992, Pg. 18) "He hates to be embarrassed, he can?t take that. He can dish it out all the time, though. "If you make a mistake, he?ll let you know about it," states Buzz Peterson, a college roommate. Kevin Jones, another college friend, to whom Michael gave one of his tailored tuxedos, states "these gifts are Jordan?s way of making sure his buddies don?t get left behind." (Naughton, 1992, Pg. 23) Rod Higgins of the Golden State Warriors, who is Jordan?s best friend in the league states "to deal with him, you have to go right back to him just to make the night not so long." (Naughton, 1992, Pg. 22-23) Adolph Shiver was Michael?s summer time playmate at Empire Park in Wilmington, his classmate at Laney High School and began again Chapel Hill. Jordan has a big circle of friends but these were a few of the closet.
Beneath this verbal sparring, friends say, is the thoughtful Jordan who has dedicated his time to help charities. Several summers ago, after playing for two days in a McDonald?s charity golf tournament in Greensboro, Jordan chartered a plane so he could make it to Fresno by 7:30 that evening for Rod Higgins charity basketball game. That same summer, after the Bulls had been bounced from the playoffs, Jordan took his Father, Shiver, Whitfield and Kearns on a 10-day cross-country trip, which was paid by Jordan. "Once you are friends with him he really works at keeping that friendship and nursing that friendship," Higgins says.
Michael is a talented person that has achieved many dreams that he might have thought was impossible. Jordan?s goal is to buy a basketball team when he retires from basketball this year. Jordan along with Master P, wants to buy the Charlotte Hornets but this is still uncertain. Jordan not only is a talented athlete but he is a scholar. Jordan graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in a Cultural Geography. It seemed almost useful field of studies for a young man who sensed that he might soon be touring the country or at least its airport, arenas and hotels, as a professional ballplayer.
Jordan is a friendly and outgoing person. The reason I say this is because as far as the way he interacts with others Deloris Jordan says, "He was the most outgoing of her children, the one who liked people more." Fred Whitfield, a friend of Jordan states, "He?s easy to talk to, easy to laugh and joke around with. That?s the reason our personalities just kind of clicked. He can walk into a roomful of white people and get along with everyone in there, from somebody who is in the Klan to the most liberal person in the room. And he can walk into a roomful of black people and do the same thing, from the person who is the bourgeois to the person who is
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