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Executive director of MLBPA, Michael Weiner passed away Thursday at the age of 51. Michael Weiner's wife, Diane Weiner and their three children surrounded Weiner at their New Jersey home at the time of his passing. Weiner was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August 2012, though managed to work while receiving radiation and chemotherapy. Michael Weiner will be succeeded by Tony Clark who began serving as deputy in July, 2013.
Michael and Diane Weiner met in second grade at Lenox Elementary School in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. The couple did not begin dating until college, while he was attending Williams undergrad, and she was at Mount Holyoke. Fortunately the 90 minute drive through Western Massachusetts served no obstacle as the two were married shortly after college in 1986. They have three daughters together; Margie, Grace and Sally.
Weiner maintained a positive outlook despite his diagnosis. In an interview with the New Jersey Star Ledger, he explained his outlook on life:
I could wake up tomorrow and have a game-changing symptom or side effect or something like that. So each day, I try to appreciate the people I get to meet, and the things that I get to do, and the opportunities that I have. I don’t know if that can last forever. It’s been a few months since I’ve had the diagnosis. That’s been the approach that I’ve had.
Words to live by.
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John Henry's Wife Linda Pizzuti Henry rebuffed his advances for quite some time before the couple was eventually married in the summer of 2009. They first met at the Liberty Hotel on June 6, 2008 where they were introduced by mutual friends. John eventually proposed to Linda Pizzuti in the elevator at the Four Seasons hotel (though he did so in such a manner that, two weeks later, she actually had to ask him if it was a real proposal).
After the proposal confusion was cleared up, the couple were married when John Henry made Linda Pizzuti his wife on his yacht, the 164-foot Iroquois. The reception was held at Fenway Park, where Maroon 5 provided the entertainment. Tell you what, that wedding was a LOT classier than mine.
Linda Pizzuti attended college at MIT, where she studied real estate development. A huge travel buff, Linda has been to the top Mount Kilimanjaro (where she ate dinner, apparently) and enjoys scuba diving. John and Linda have a daughter, Sienna, who was born on September 28, 2010.
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Larry Lucchino's Wife Stacey Lucchino may have been his second choice, after he lost a battle with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the love of Maria Shriver. Seeing how Maria Shriver drove the one and only Conan the Barbarian into the arms of a less then attractive nanny, perhaps marrying the former Stacey Ballard in 2002 worked out best for Larry.
In the book Masters of the Game: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Firm, the author writes in detail about the law firm of Williams & Connolly. More of interest to our readers, the author also covers the juicy details of then-single (and apparently something of a playboy) Larry Lucchino. Yup, you read that right - Larry Lucchino apparently was pretty good with the ladies back in his day. He dated, and according to rumors may have wanted to marry, Maria Shriver - but the attention of the Terminator eventually ended that relationship.
Larry Lucchino's wife Stacey Lucchino does a lot of work for charities in the Boston area, including the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Boston Red Sox Foundation and the Jimmy Fund. Stacey is also very athletic, biking in the Pan-Mass Challenge (where she is the chairman of the board of directors) and running the Boston Marathon in 2005, along with Shonda Schilling and Dawn Timlin, to raise money for cancer research.