Magers: No Big D for me

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 13, 2010 - 7:11 PM

"No. Maybe. Let me ask her," former Twin Cities anchor god Paul Magers said when I called LA to check a hot topic in local media. "Are we breaking up?" he asked.

In the distance, a female voice definitely said, "No."

Because a (formerly) reliable source has been bird-dogging me to confirm this gossip, which I've now heard from two others, I pressed: So you're not getting a divorce?

Again, Paul put my question to Kathy Magers. I think I heard Kathy give one of those disgusted sighs that is a hallmark of her interactions with me. "Ah, no," Magers said.

There you have it. Rumor control. That should put an end to this.

Magers, the former KARE 11 anchor, has been in LA at CBS 2 long enough to be perplexed as to how his name would even come up in a Minnesota conversation. (Actually, last week, before I was put on divorce patrol, one of my medical experts, Dr. Fran Watson, left me a voice mail out of the blue saying she was visiting LA, had seen billboards, and "Paul Magers still looks really good.")

Magers said that he's still got a few close friends in Minnesota, but that they wouldn't start divorce rumors. Glad it's untrue. Nice that there are married people near Hollywood who still understand the marriage contract is, foremost, a commitment.

Superstar, Starlet split

When e-mailers told me they were picking up vibes on air that KFAN's "Superstar" Mike Morris and Starlet were divorced, I absolutely refused to believe it.

Then I ran into Superstar at a 2009 Vikings game. "Yep, it's true," said Morris, sharing the unpleasant details and blaming himself.

I told Morris I'd be in touch so we could decide in what terms I would convey this information. Suddenly, Morris wasn't such a Superstar about returning my calls.

Shirts for him, not her

At the recent Minnesota Ultimate Pajama Party, Jason Hammerberg, the Edina Galleria maker of Hammer Made luxury shirts, attracted someone who is not his target client.

After inquiring about the shirts, a woman promised to return and check them out for her husband. A few hours later, she did return, weaving a bit. My husband doesn't deserve one of these shirts, but I do, she said with slurred speech. Hammerberg placed a batch of shirts in her arms and directed her to a changing area. She bought one for herself; none for her husband.

"My shirts are for the guys," said Hammerberg, who calls him "a guy's guy."

"I don't want to make any guy out there feel like he's too much in the fashion crowd. I like to have them trend right but not look like a clown. My typical customer is a guy who wants a cool shirt and doesn't want to wear the same shirt a billion other people are wearing." Hammerberg makes a maximum of 30 pieces of each design.

Because dress shirts for men are generally made better than shirts for women, the lady made a good decision -- even while apparently impaired.

Salisbury frees himself

Guess I owe Sean Salisbury a big ole thank-you for not returning my phone call about his "sexting" case.

According to accounts reported by USA Today and the NY Post, the former Vikings QB has admitted that despite previous denials, he did take photos of his nether region on his cell phone and show them to now former ESPN colleagues at a bar.

In November, I was trying to reach Salisbury about his lawsuit against Deadspin.com, which he claimed had ruined his reputation and made it hard for him to maintain work after ESPN did not renew his contract as an analyst. Although Deadspin was all over this story, Sean stressed that ESPN did not say that his alleged sexting suspension was the reason his contract was not renewed after 12 years.

Deadspin and Salisbury were duking it out so much that this was in Sean's lawsuit:

"Deadspin has continued to taunt Salisbury and in e-mails from Deadspin contributors ... has even mockingly asked Salisbury why he did not file suit. Deadspin now has its answer."

I was pretty sure my old pal was telling the truth and Deadspin was wrong. Ha!

"In 10 minutes, I hurt myself, my kids and my career. The stupidity of it has just been eating me alive," Salisbury told other media. "My father was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He passed away in 2007. The two things have caused me a lot of inner anger. But I just got tired of having this weigh me down. It was a really sophomoric mistake, and I'm truly sorry it happened."

Speaking for sophomores everywhere: Don't bring us into this.

Salisbury should probably drop the part about his dad's diagnosis and death, too, in future me(di)a culpas.

According to the Post, Salisbury still plans to sue Deadspin.com for defamation. Really? Come on, Sean!

C.J. is at 612.332.TIPS or cj@startribune.com. E-mailers, please state a subject -- "Hello" doesn't count. Attachments are not opened, so don't even try. More of her attitude can be seen on FOX 9 Thursday mornings.

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