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April 8, 1987 | BY BRIAN SIANG
If it had to happen to any of the TV preachers, it was bound to happen to Jim Bakker. Granted, there are others whom I'd rather it happened to, but if I were taking bets, I would've put on the collapse of the PTL Club. I spent a summer watching TV evangelists, mostly out of curiosity, comparing their approaches. It was fascinating. There was Jimmy Swaggart, who relocated his tent-show revivals into gigantic auditoriums. Oral Roberts and Rex Humbard would trot out their families to sing, pray and generally demonstrate the Wonderful World of Jesus.
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September 1, 1989 | By Gary L. Wright and Charles E. Shepard, Knight-Ridder News Service Inquirer wires services contributed to this article
Sobbing "Please don't do this to me," a visibly shaken Jim Bakker, chains around his waist and feet, was committed yesterday to a federal prison hospital for psychiatric evaluation. His face swollen and his clothes disheveled, Bakker was forcibly led at 11 a.m. from his lawyer's office, where, his psychiatrist said, Bakker had been lying in a corner of the floor with his head under a couch. The psychiatrist, Dr. Basil Jackson of Milwaukee, asked U.S. District Judge Robert Potter during a morning court appearance to place the 49-year-old Bakker in a private hospital - if he could be persuaded to go. But Potter refused, sending Bakker instead to the Federal Correctional Institution at Butner.
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May 14, 2000 | By Lauren Mayk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
He was clad simply in a black T-shirt and black pants - no longer the picture of the polished televangelist who once stood before cameras, preaching to millions of people. Jim Bakker, who was convicted 11 years ago in a fraud case that drew national attention, was shouting from a pulpit again - and holding up a tattered Bible, a leftover of his days as founder of the PTL (Praise The Lord) organization. He told a congregation at the Fountain of Life Center here that he had read it, scribbled notes in it and highlighted passages sometimes up to 16 hours a day during his five years in prison.
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June 1, 1987 | By William F. Buckley Jr
Other people's embarrassments can be fun, particularly when bigmouthed people are caught up in hypocrisy. But the awful mess surrounding the Rev. (if that is what we still call him) Jim Bakker is a mess we revel in at our own risk. It is one thing for a man who wants to be president to scorn the society's mores - you gently, but firmly, remove the White House from his dream garden. It is something else for a society, in enjoying the exposure of a greedy hypocrite, to lose sight of the relevant distinction, to find its amusement in disparaging not the sinner, but in disparaging the very idea that he sinned.
NEWS
April 23, 1986
I always enjoy David Boldt's editorial comments at the front of The Inquirer Magazine for their integrity, intelligence, humor. Also, I usually agree with him. Would not Luke 16:13 (or Matthew 6:24) have been another apt quotation from Jesus to introduce the article on Jim Bakker? "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. " Mary Hildreth Bridgeton, N.J.
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December 11, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Bakker, defrocked after he left PTL amid a sex-and-money scandal, has told friends that he has been ordained by another church, Knight-Ridder News Service reported today. According to the news service, the church is the charismatic Faith Christian Fellowship International, based in Tulsa, Okla. Officials at the church, which has 300 congregations worldwide, wouldn't confirm the ordination, but planned a statement today. Bakker's "got a lot of friends in this ministry and has been close to it for 25 years," Bakker's agent, Jeff Franklin, was quoted as saying.
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June 25, 1987 | By Eric Harrison, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that he might accept an offer to pray or study the Bible or go fishing with Jim Bakker, but that discussing PTL would be a waste of his time. "I'll meet with anybody anytime," Falwell said. "But if the purpose of a meeting in any subtle way is to discuss the ministry, it's a waste of everybody's time. I really don't have time for theatrics. " With that, the Baptist minister seemed to slam the door on Bakker's attempt to begin arbitration over who shall lead PTL. Referring to Melvin M. Belli, Bakker's newly hired attorney, Falwell said: "I think he has to know he has an impossible case.
NEWS
May 22, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Bakker, the disgraced former head of PTL, says he and his wife, Tammy Faye, had been asked to be among the replacements on "The Late Show" for comedian Joan Rivers, who was fired when her ratings proved to be a disgrace. However, an official of Fox Broadcasting, the fledgling network that broadcasts "The Late Show," said no such offer was planned. "An overzealous booking agent may have inquired as to the Bakkers' interest in doing the show. However, Fox Broadcasting does not anticipate making any offer to them," said Brad Turell, the Fox publicity chief.
NEWS
October 26, 1987 | New York Daily News
The latest suds from the PTL soap opera will hit newsstands tomorrow as a fully clothed Jessica Hahn tells December issue readers of Playboy that Jim Bakker caused his own downfall. In the November Playboy, Hahn's account of the PTL scandal and her 1980 sexual encounter with Bakker gave the magazine one of the best selling issues in its history. Sales were boosted by a semi-nude photo layout of Hahn that accompanied the article and a nationwide publicity tour by her. In the December issue, wearing clothes, the one-time church secretary says evangelist Bakker phoned her only a few days after taking away her virginity and asked that she not tell anyone.
NEWS
May 22, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Former PTL leader Jim Bakker says he and his wife, Tammy Faye, are considering an offer to host The Late Show, vacated by comedian Joan Rivers. But the Fox network says Bakker might have misunderstood a casual contact. Bakker was interviewed Wednesday by the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. He said that representatives of the Fox Broadcasting Co. has asked them to be among the several regular guest hosts of its late-night talk show. All of this brought even more consternation to the television ministry of the PTL, which stands for Praise the Lord or People That Love, as it prepares for tomorrow's auction of several Bakker household goods.
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May 14, 2000 | By Lauren Mayk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
He was clad simply in a black T-shirt and black pants - no longer the picture of the polished televangelist who once stood before cameras, preaching to millions of people. Jim Bakker, who was convicted 11 years ago in a fraud case that drew national attention, was shouting from a pulpit again - and holding up a tattered Bible, a leftover of his days as founder of the PTL (Praise The Lord) organization. He told a congregation at the Fountain of Life Center here that he had read it, scribbled notes in it and highlighted passages sometimes up to 16 hours a day during his five years in prison.
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October 6, 1996 | From Inquirer wire services
Prince Charles' private secretary was reported yesterday to have broken down in tears after being sacked for what were seen as public relations gaffes over the prince's relationship with mistress Camilla Parker Bowles. Richard Aylard will leave his job early next year after 11 years with the prince. No successor has been named. Buckingham Palace said Aylard was leaving by mutual decision, but the British media said he was shattered after being told he was to be "released. " Aylard, 44, a former naval officer who spearheaded a campaign for more royal openness, is believed to have been behind Charles' confession of adultery with Parker Bowles in an in-depth TV documentary in 1994.
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July 1, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, Orange County Register, New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Times and USA Today
Jim Bakker, who just a few years ago commanded the national space currently occupied by O.J. Simpson, gets sprung from stir today. More than 4 1/2 years after entering prison for conning his religious followers out of $150 mil, the ex-TV preacher will leave a federal prison in Jesup, Ga., for a halfway house in Asheville, N.C. He'll work at an undisclosed business in town. If he keeps his nose clean, he'll be a free man on Dec. 1. His lawyer refused comment on the release, but in a statement issued in April, Bakker, 53, indicated that he might return to preaching.
NEWS
October 22, 1993 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
Michael Milken, the junk-bond wizard and thief, is now a popular lecturer at the business school of the University of California at Los Angeles. This can be seen as good news for Leona Helmsley, who would presumably be UCLA's idea of an appropriate professor of Real Estate Tax Practices, as soon as she finishes up at the half-way house. Is Jim Bakker available to teach a UCLA School of Religion course called "Church Management 101: Imaginative Ideas in Religious Fund Raising"? Or is he still in the slammer?
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November 1, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, USA Today and the New York Daily News
Tammy Faye Bakker yesterday visited her husband, Jim, in a medium-security federal prison in Talladega, Ala., and spoke publicly for the first time since his conviction on fraud charges. "I feel like my heart is hanging on the outside of my chest," she said tearfully. "This is just too hard. It's so upsetting and I wish I could just be upset in private. " Her appearance prompted a Tammy-sighting contest in the area. June Harvey, manager of Cato's Dress Shop in nearby Sylacauga, said Tammy Faye had spent 45 minutes in her place, checking out the threads and rapping with the help.
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September 1, 1989 | By Gary L. Wright and Charles E. Shepard, Knight-Ridder News Service Inquirer wires services contributed to this article
Sobbing "Please don't do this to me," a visibly shaken Jim Bakker, chains around his waist and feet, was committed yesterday to a federal prison hospital for psychiatric evaluation. His face swollen and his clothes disheveled, Bakker was forcibly led at 11 a.m. from his lawyer's office, where, his psychiatrist said, Bakker had been lying in a corner of the floor with his head under a couch. The psychiatrist, Dr. Basil Jackson of Milwaukee, asked U.S. District Judge Robert Potter during a morning court appearance to place the 49-year-old Bakker in a private hospital - if he could be persuaded to go. But Potter refused, sending Bakker instead to the Federal Correctional Institution at Butner.
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August 20, 1989 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the once magnificent kingdom of PTL ministry founder Jim Bakker, dandelions reign and even saved souls seem lost. Bereft of Bakker, "it's not like it once was," mourned Connie Lanier, 38, a machine operator from Detroit who was vacationing last week at Heritage USA, the Christian resort Bakker built. "The spirit of God is not as heavy," explained her husband, Ernest Lanier, 45, a driver for Chrysler Corp. "Because before when you came on the grounds, you could just feel the presence of God. . . . It was really something.
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March 28, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and USA Today
Jim Bakker yesterday disputed a report that he had told reporters in a Sunday sermon to "drop dead. " Said the disgraced TV preacher: "I'm tired of having everything I say to my church leaked out. . . . I never in my life said to anyone, 'Drop dead.' I would not say that to a fly. And I hate flies. Now Tammy might. " An audio tape of Bakker's Easter sermon had him saying: "I want all the members to be at the office next Sunday for a believers-only meeting. So anyone from the press that comes in may drop dead.
NEWS
December 15, 1988 | BY CAL THOMAS
A federal grand jury has indicted defrocked, debauched and defunct TV evangelist Jim Bakker and an associate on multiple counts of raising funds for one purpose and then diverting the money to underwrite the cost of their lavish life styles. The 24-count indictment against Bakker and former aide Richard Dortch charges the two with soliciting contributions totaling more than $158 million for "lifetime partnerships," promising thousands of donors free lodging in hotels, motels and campgrounds.
NEWS
September 10, 1988 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former evangelist Jim Bakker cannot prove that he has the money to buy back the television empire he abandoned last year, a trustee for the bankrupt PTL said yesterday in breaking off negotiations. "He had until today to come up with the evidence of funding. That has not been done," M. C. "Red" Benton said during a news conference on the PTL grounds. "We consider his bid terminated at this point. " But Benton said that Bakker still may present a proposal to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Rufus Reynolds "if his money does become available later on. " Jim Toms, one of Bakkers' attorneys, said last night that he did not believe that negotiations with the trustee were at an end. "Mr. Bakker does hope to do something later if he can put his financing together," Toms said.
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