Public Appearances

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None of the information on this page is expected to be of interest for anything beyond noting publicly reported facts about Donald Trump's attendance at public functions. That said, sometimes it becomes newsworthy to know where Trump was on a given day or who he had been associating with, especially given his penchant for lying.

Sporting Events

Baseball Games

  • 1986: Donald Trump attended a Yankees game with Lee Iacocca as a personal guest of George Steinbrenner. “If Lou Piniella does nothing else in his Yankee managerial career, he at least came through for the boss today. With Lee Iacocca and Donald Trump at Fort Lauderdale Stadium as guests of George Steinbrenner, Piniella directed the Yankees to a 4-1 opening-exhibition victory over the Baltimore Orioles.” (New York Times, March 9, 1986) Lee Iacocca / George Steinbrenner
  • March 26, 1988: Donald Trump was a guest in George Steinbrenner's box at a spring training exhibition game between the Yankees and the Expos held at the West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium. "“This year, Rhoden is healthy, and if the rotation holds up, he should have the Opening Day starting assignment April 5 at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins. […] Saturday at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium, Rhoden was perfect through four innings and had a one-hitter after six. But then came the Expos' four-run seventh. […] George Steinbrenner's boxseat guest was developer Donald Trump.” (Miami Herald, March 27, 1988)
    • Steinbrenner and Trump were reportedly more engaged in conversation with one another than observation of the game. "Rhoden retired the first 12 batters he faced Saturday, but the Expos scored four times in the seventh inning to come back from a 2-0 deficit. […] The Yanks' only runs came on a two-run single by Ward in the sixth. Steinbrenner watched the game from seats next to the Yankee dugout, but he spent most of the day conversing with his guest, Donald Trump." (New York Times, March 27, 1988)
  • April, 1988: Trump was spotted in the VIP section of a Mets game hosted in Florida. “The Mets ended their first spring training on Florida's Atlantic Coast today, their best anywhere, with a seven-run first inning against Joaquin Andujar, four home runs and an 11-5 victory over the Houston Astros. […] Donald Trump created some buzzing in the sellout crowd as he watched the game from a dugout box with Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, the owners of the Mets, who have houses in nearby Palm Beach. ‘Just a social visit,’ Wilpon reported.” (New York Times, April 3, 1988)
  • October, 1996: Trump attended the game ending the World Series as a guest of team owner George Steinbrenner. “Billy Johnston and son John, partners with George Steinbrenner at Balmoral and Maywood racetracks here, were guests of the Yankees' owner when the team clinched the World Series. Even with celebs like Donald Trump, Ted and Jane Turner, Wayne Gretzky, and Billy Crystal in the box, Sir George was almost as excited over his thoroughbred, Acceptable, placing second that day in a Breeders Cup race. This makes the horse a contender for the Kentucky Derby.” (Chicago Tribune, October 30, 1996)

Basketball Games

  • May 6, 2001: Donald Trump attended a basketball match in Philadelphia between the 76ers and the Raptors. “Philadelphia certainly doesn't need celebrity sightings to legitimize its standing as a basketball showcase - especially celebs from that dreadful town up the turnpike to make a special trip to the First Union Center to bask in our limelight. That's what Donald Trump did yesterday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. There he was, The Donald, having made his own art of the deal for tickets with Sixers president Pat Croce, taking in the Allen Iverson-Vince Carter duel from south-end courtside seats.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 2001)

Football Games

  • 1984: Donald Trump attended his football team’s opening game in the United States Football League. “Donald Trump, who deals in 68-story skyscrapers, waved toward the 62,300 people crowding the two-tiered block of Alabama real estate known as Legion Field and decided that things were looking up in the risky business of confronting the Establishment of professional football. ‘Look at that,’ he said, ‘They didn't have that many more people at the Super Bowl. There's a fever for this sport. The National Football League is the Establishment, and we're confronting it.’ […] Trump watched his investment at work from a carpeted booth high over the 50-yard line, where he was joined by his wife, Ivana, and by Jason Seltzer, president of the team, and several deputies. For Trump, who is 37 years old and president of the Trump Organization, it was no time to fret over an investment in something as unproved as football in the springtime.” (New York Times, February 27, 1984)
  • January, 1989: Donald Trump personally attended the Super Bowl match between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers. “Call it the Miami shuffle: picture-perfect weather, non-stop parties and a nail-biting football game. One spectacular Super Bowl. […] A sellout crowd of 75,179 jammed Joe Robbie Stadium to watch Montana pass for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards, including 11 completions to wide receiver Jerry Rice, the game's most valuable player. Diehard Cincinnati Bengals fans painted orange and black stripes across their bodies. More sedate San Francisco 49er backers donned red and gold and oozed the confidence of being 7-point favorites. […] Dozens of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, business and politics packed the skyboxes. Fans followed them with autograph pads as they hobnobbed from box to box. Among those spotted were Miami Vice star Don Johnson, rock singer Huey Lewis, real estate magnate Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.” (Palm Beach Post, January 23, 1989)
  • January, 1990: Trump was seen in the owner’s box at a Cleveland Browns match, though the team’s owner, who had feuded with Trump over the USFL, claimed that Trump was invited by the team’s minority partner. “Browns owner Art Modell says he was as surprised as anyone that Donald Trump, a former antagonist of the NFL, showed up at Cleveland Stadium for Saturday's playoff game. Trump, Modell and Browns minority partner Al Lerner were seen embracing as Cleveland defeated Buffalo. Modell said that Trump was a guest in Lerner's loge, adjacent to Modell's. ‘He wasn't my guest. I didn't even know he was coming,’ Modell said. ‘He just showed up.... He just reached over and congratulated me. I accepted his good wishes and that was it.’ Trump, owner of the USFL New Jersey Generals, signed Browns free agent QB Brian Sipe in 1984. He was instrumental in the USFL's antitrust suit against the NFL. ‘Yes, the man was a headache to the NFL,’ Modell said.” (Washington Post, January 9, 1990)

Polo Games

  • August, 1997: Trump was spotted at a polo match held in Bridgehampton, New York. “GRAPHIC: PHOTO, B/W, Marion Curtis, DMI; Polo parley: Marla-less Donald Trump visits with Seinfeld-less Shoshanna Lonstein at a Saturday polo match in Bridgehampton, N.Y. She was with beau Jay Aston; Trump was dateless.” (USA Today, August 11, 1997)

Private Clubs and Restaurants

  • 1980: Donald Trump was a famous member of Le Club, an elitist New York institution that charged an annual membership fee of $1,000. “It doesn't matter what they say. Not every member of Le Club is rich, rich, rich. So says Larry Fisher, the senior partner of Fisher Brothers, the real estate moguls. […] The truth is that Le Club is one of the city's most successful and enduring private membership clubs, that anyone who can't pronounce it correctly (Club as it is usually pronounced) is certainly not a member, and that although there are a lot of nice people in it, there are not a heck of a lot of good, nice, solid citizens from Staten Island and Queens rubbing elbows with them. […] Some are only powerful or famous or royalty from here and there. Some are named Jacqueline Onassis (who held Caroline and John's birthday party there in 1978), George Steinbrenner, John De Lorean, Al Pacino, Fran Tarkenton, Vitas Gerulaitis, Roone Arledge, Donald Trump, Jerry Cummins, Dmitri Guerrini-Maraldi, Felix Mirando, Prince Anton Windisch-Graetz and Princess Ala Auersperg. […] The oasis is 2,500 square feet of subdued lighting, candles, a fireplace and a 17th-century Belgian tapestry and hunting trophies and musical instruments on walls of terra-cotta pink, and rubbing elbows with one's own kind now costs $965 more than the original $35 initiation fee.” (New York Times, November 26, 1980)
  • December 9, 1987: Donald Trump attended a black-tie event celebrating the restoration of New York's Rainbow Room. "Near the top of the RCA Building, the celebrities of business, politics, academia, communications and entertainment, along with a good chunk of the upper crust of society, gathered last night for a party marking the restoration and reopening of the Rainbow Room. The event in the dazzling space on the 65th floor, five floors below the roof, was the first half of a two-night black-tie celebration. The party-givers are David Rockefeller, whose father, John D. Jr., created Rockefeller Center, and Richard Voell, chief executive of the center. The invited, according to Mr. Rockefeller, were ‘people we thought are important in New York today.’ One of them was Donald J. Trump, who swept in with his wife, Ivana, studied the decor and said: ‘Nice job. Understated.’" (New York Times, December 10, 1987)
  • April 17, 1989: Donald Trump attended the opening of a restaurant owned by Jackie Mason. "Jackie Mason's new restaurant, Jackie Mason's, opened in the heart of the theater district Monday night to rave reviews. The world was there -- Rudolph Giuliani, Gov. Thomas Kean of New Jersey, New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, Donald Trump, Malcolm Forbes and his motorcycle, lawyers Alan Grubman and Raoul Lionel Felder, all in their power suits." (Miami Herald, April 21, 1989)
  • 1998: Trump was spotted at a restaurant called "251 Sunrise." “Too bad Yanni didn't sit in Wednesday with Clarence Clemons and his band at 251 Sunrise. But he liked it so much he returned Saturday for dinner. That's right, dinner. To show town fathers they're serious about food, too, 251's owners brought in Francis Casciato as chef. Most recently at ZaZu City Grille, he also opened Prezzo in Boca Raton in 1989 and Max's Grille in '91. Also at 251 Saturday was Donald Trump and party, including growing son Donny, now sporting a moustache and goatee, and a model, identified as Melanie Knauss, who spent the weekend at the Mar-a-Lago Club.” (Palm Beach Post, December 1, 1998)
  • Trump was reportedly a regular at "Joe's Pub," a nightclub adjacent to a theater. “Welcome to Joe's Pub, open seven nights a week. You enter through the side door of the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Farther south on Lafayette Street, revolving doors admit patrons to the Public's various theatrical spaces, but here, on the outskirts, an iron-fenced portal offers entree to the theater's new nightclub. […] Insinuating cutting-edge culture into mainstream theater and cabaret fare is a revolutionary act of sorts. And perhaps Mr. Wolfe is right: young audiences who may never have bought a theater ticket will be enticed into doing so by what they see at Joe's Pub. Who could imagine Comden and Green and Funk Master Flex, show-music fans and supermodels, Audra McDonald and Donald Trump occupying common ground? Yet on many nights, from the opening at 5 P.M. to the closing around 4 A.M., you can watch it happen.” (New York Times, April 18, 1999)
  • Trump was reportedly a celebrity regular at a club in Los Angeles called "LAX." “When you're hot, you're hot. Case in point: LAX nightclub, a new spot on a sizzling stretch of Las Palmas Avenue, smack in the heart of Hollywood. The place has flow, flair and even a bit of vision. Most important, it has that ever-so-necessary nightclub staple, celebrity cachet. […] Fridays also pack a wallop, as promoter Michael Sutton hosts a weekly dinner party with the likes of Donald Trump, Eva Longoria and DiCaprio, all sampling from LAX's fun airport-style menu (think small, fast and simple). The only downside to the club is that to rest your rear, you have to buy a bottle. Translation: To actually sit at a table or a booth, you and/or your guests have to cough up the dough for bottle service, which is usually $300 and up.” (Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2005)
  • Trump reportedly attended a Los Angeles club called "Les Deux," which notably charged $3,000 for table service featuring fettucine alfredo with broccoli. “It's long been the case in the hottest clubs that in order to reserve a table you had to order a bottle of liquor for an exorbitant price -- $200 to $500 or even more. (This has always been a goldmine for club owners: Consider that Grey Goose vodka retails for less than 30 bucks.) But lately, the practice has reached new extremes -- with $3,000 dinner packages, your own mixologist for the night and two- or even three-bottle minimums. […] That $3,000 dinner? At Les Deux, it's, er, minimalist: just pasta -- maybe fettuccine alfredo with broccoli (what, you were expecting lobster?) -- some chocolate-covered strawberries and a several-hundred-dollar bottle of name-your-poison for a posse of six to 12. […] Les Deux: […] Who's been lately: Donald Trump, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams” (Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2007)
  • Trump and his friend Carl Icahn were both long-time members of the Friars Club. “The Friars Club is trolling for corporate dollars too. The haunt of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld recently made it cheaper for business folks to sign up. A new corporate membership plan, approved by the board last month, allows four executives from the same company to join at a group rate-$15,000 covers two, making it basically half-price. […] Carl Icahn and Donald Trump are longtime members from the business community. But Al Smith, great-grandson of the former New York governor and head of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, just took advantage of the new deal, Mr. Roman says. The club counts 1,340 members-900 from New York and the rest from around the world.” (Crain’s New York Business, April 5, 2010)
  • Trump was reportedly once a regular at a club called the Southampton Tavern. “Erik van Broock has joined Kensington Vanguard as vice president of business development. […] He purchased The Southampton Tavern club in 1994, turning it into a nightspot frequented by such celebrities as Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Deniro, Donald Trump and Jay-Z.” (Real Estate Weekly, July 3, 2013)
  • 2016: Trump was spotted dining at a Florida restaurant named Komodo. “Donald Trump in Brickell? Why, yes. We got a tip that the GOP front-runner dined at Komodo Thursday night with the requisite black SUVs parked outside, and a couple of police motorcycles thrown in for good measure.” (Miami Herald , March 18, 2016)

Media Parties

  • 2005: Donald Trump was listed as one of many celebrities that attended a party in Hollywood’s Club LAX that was hosted by the celebrity gossip magazine “Us Weekly.” “Christina Aguilera wouldn't pull over. Nevermind that a crowd of scene makers and boldfaced names including Donald Trump, Hilary Duff and Jeremy Piven had already crammed into Hollywood's club LAX as guests of Us Weekly's ‘Young Hollywood Hot 20’ party. And nevermind that Ken Baker, the magazine's West Coast executive editor, who was overseeing VIP arrivals on that evening, makes it his business to fill Us Weekly's pages with salacious details and candid pictures of many of these celebrities' guarded lives. Aguilera's main worry at that moment was of being upstaged. Her limo circled the block for nearly half an hour as her publicist furiously text-messaged Baker in an attempt to seize the limelight -- in other words, to time Aguilera's arrival after Paris Hilton's. ‘You don't go to journalism school to become a traffic cop for famous people,’ Baker said, just as Hilton roared into view in her Ferrari Spider, prompting a paparazzi stampede one evening last month. ‘The glitzy events and celeb wrangling is about 1% of my job.’” (Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2005)

Fashion Parties

  • January, 1986: Donald Trump attended a fashion show of fur-based designs held in Aspen, Colorado during the annual ski season. ‘”The whole world was here for Christmas,’ Judy Turner told us breathlessly by phone from Aspen, Colo., where the elite meet to ski. […] ‘I invited 70 guests to my fur fashion show and 500 guests showed up.’ And they weren't just your average citizens-off-the-slopes, she explained. ‘I peeked out from behind the stairs at Andre's disco, where the show was held, and I was looking straight at Don Johnson, George Hamilton and Brooke Shields. I almost fainted when I realized who they were,’ Turner said. The designer said she lives part of the year in Aspen and part in Los Angeles, where her new Fashionique fur business is based. […] After the show, she added, she was introduced to New York's master builder Donald Trump, of Trump Towers fame. ‘He was there with his wife,’ Turner said.” (Los Angeles Times, January 10, 1986)

Private Parties

  • 1982: Trump was a guest at the fourth anniversary party of Omni Magazine. “It's party time for Bob Guccione. First he and constant companion Kathy Keeton will throw a big bash at their Manhattan home Tuesday to mark the fourth anniversary of Omni magazine, which he publishes and she edits. The guests include Isaac Asimov, Morgan Fairchild, Peter Gimbel and realtor Donald Trump.” (United Press International, September 26, 1982)
  • November, 1984: Donald Trump hosted the birthday party of a nonagenarian artist at Trump Tower. “A cast of thousands clogged the lobby, escalators and lower level of Trump Tower on Tuesday for a 92d birthday party for Erte, the artist. Donald Trump surveyed the crowd of 3,100 and said: ‘They told me seven or eight hundred. It looks like more. I'm not sure if it's a smash or what.’ The invitation specified formal or Erte-inspired dress, with an award for the best costume. It was won by Rhonda Shearer Allen, who wore a silver-beaded black dress bought off the rack at Saks Fifth Avenue and a headband made by Frank Olive, carried a cigarette holder and said, ‘I love your Galanos’ to Ivana Trump.” (New York Times, November 16, 1984)
  • June, 1987: Donald and Ivana Trump attended a party hosted by Alice Mason, a leading broker of luxury real estate in New York City. “The newest Galanos in Alice Mason's closet -- and if she doesn't have a collection of them, who does? -- is beaded all over in black bugle beads except where there are pink and white flowers beaded in bugle beads. Alice, known for selling some of the grandest houses and apartments to some of the richest and most celebrated people in New York, wore it to her May party -- she's having another one in June for Jimmy Carter -- and everyone said, ‘Wow, Alice, another Galanos!’ Alice just smiled her business-is-very-good smile. This is who swept into Alice's for dinner: Hilary and Joe Califano, Ivana and Donald Trump, Pat and Thornton Bradshaw, Kelly and Calvin Klein, Eleanor and Richard Brenner, Lee and David Granger, Josie and Thornton Wilson, Sibilla Clark, Countess Lis of Rosenborg, Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, Miki Sarofim, Alexis Gregory, Alexander Papamarkou, Gloria Gurney, John Richardson, Amber Walker, Sylvia Simon, Kitty D'Alessio.” (Miami Herald, June 1, 1987)
  • November, 2012: Trump attended a bar mitzvah held at Mar-a-Lago. "Yes, that was Jamaican-American rap star Shawn Kingston making himself at home in the gilded halls of The Mar-a-Lago Club last week. Kingston was the featured entertainer at Club CK, the pop-up club created to celebrate the bar mitzvah of Cole Kessler, 13-year-old grandson of Palm Beach residents Howard and Michele Kessler. […] There to dance and celebrate with Cole were Donald and Melania Trump, Cole's sister Emma, Alison Schwartz, Gabriel Wetzler, Zachary Silfen, Eli Lenner, Isabella Musa and Grace Luciano." (Palm Beach Daily News, November 21, 2012)

Charity Benefits

  • November, 1985: Donald Trump attended a fundraising event for United World College hosted by Armand Hammer in Palm Beach. “For those keeping score, it appears that the one couple to be invited to all the major events in Washington and in Florida was National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown and his wife Pamela. They were at the White House, the British Embassy, the Mellons' luncheon and, of course, at the National Gallery dinner last night. They are also on the guest list for wealthy industrialist Armand Hammer's Palm Beach bash tonight. Hammer had three in a row -- the British Embassy, the National Gallery and his own dinner. Some of the others at Hammer's dinner, which is expected to raise $4 million for the United World College movement, are Joe Allbritton, president of Riggs National Bank; former senator Albert Gore; philanthropist David Lloyd Kreeger, Sens. Sam Nunn and Paula Hawkins, developer Donald Trump and CNN owner Ted Turner, as well as entertainers Bob Hope, Eva Gabor and, fresh from her new marriage last week, Joan Collins.” (Washington Post, November 12, 1985) Armand Hammer
  • 1987: Trump purchased a $10,000 table at a fundraising benefit for the AIDS research program of the NYU medical center. “It could be a new social term. Try it: the La Costa 400. When the May 1 bi-coastal glitz-ridden benefit -- for NYU medical center AIDS programs, the French American scholarship fund and Friends of French Art -- debuts at the Southern California resort, what a group will be seen for the three days: Betsy Bloomingdale with social moth Jerry Zipkin, Wallis Annenberg, Wendy and Leonard Goldberg, former U.N. Ambassador Marietta Tree, Howard and Judy Keel, New York's Donald and Ivana Trump, S.F.'s Denise and Prentis Hale, former Ambassador John Gavin with his actress-wife Constance Towers and attorney Mickey and Mary Carol Rudin. Four hundred guests in all -- there because they bought $10,000 tables to the May 5 Embassy Ball at New York's Plaza. La Costa is underwriting the entire weekend -- and in New York, under the close supervision of party-master Clive David, the festivities will be underwritten by La Costa, Henry and Caroline Roehm Kravis and florists Mel Atlas and Jack Millard.” (Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1987)
    • The fundraising benefit was hosted by Patricia Kluge (whose bankruptcy would later lead to Trump's acquisition of a winery in Virginia.) “Patricia Kluge was seated in the flower-decked Grand Ballroom of the Plaza, diamonds sparkling at her ears, neck and fingers, the skirt of her floral-patterned Scaasi ball gown billowing around her. ‘It's the first society party for AIDS,’ she said. ‘It's a small thing, but we're doing what we can.; As a co-chairman of the Embassy Ball, she might have considered it small because there were fewer than 300 guests. But it wasn't so small considering that it was the end of a five-day fund-raising event for AIDS research that included a weekend at La Costa, the California spa. The ball, which has brought in $300,000 so far, had a guest list of European nobility and American power brokers. Among them were Carolyne Roehm and Henry Kravis, who underwrote many of the expenses, along with Carroll and Milton Petrie, Mary Lasker, Ivana and Donald Trump, Estee Lauder, Geraldine Stutz, Lord and Lady Rothermere, Kimberly and Jonathan Farkas, Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes and Countess Donina Cicogna.” (New York Times, May 8, 1987) Patricia Kluge
  • December 4, 1989: Donald Trump attended the Costume Institute gala at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Despite all the talk about the no-frills '90s, the Empire, Napoleon-style, appeared to strike back here Monday night. Dresses were sumptuous, bosoms were bared, jewels were glittery and furs were out in force as Manhattan's social set turned out for the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. […] Asked if he had ever had to negotiate with someone with a Napoleon complex, financial giant Donald Trump diplomatically avoided mention of his diminutive business nemesis Merv Griffin, but allowed that ‘one of these days that could happen.’” (Chicago Tribune, December 5, 1989)

Business Events

  • 1982: Donald Trump appeared on a panel of real estate developers at a trade function for architects. “It is an odd thing to hear a real estate developer describe buildings as ‘obscenities,’ but that is what happened not long ago at a symposium sponsored by the Architectural League of New York. The event, co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art, was entitled ‘New York's Hidden Designers: The Developers,’ and it was just what it sounds like - five prominent developers appeared before an audience of architects in a program designed to focus attention on the impact of certain powerful non-architects on the physical environment of the city. […] On the panel were Charles Shaw, co-developer of the Museum of Modern Art tower; George Klein, who has built numerous office buildings by well-known architects; Donald Trump, builder of Trump Tower; Harry Macklowe, builder of River Tower; and Mr. Kaufman, who has built several office buildings with unusual public space. Suzanne Stephens, editor of the magazine Skyline, served as moderator.” (New York Times, July 18, 1982)
    • Trump was reportedly upstaged at the event by another developer who proclaimed that every building is an "obscenity" that must apologize for its existence over a raw state of nature. “‘Every building is an obscenity,’ Mr. Kaufman said. ‘It is an obscenity put where trees, grass, wildlife once were. I think every building carries with it an obligation that from the moment you begin to the day you die you must apologize.’ […] After Mr. Kaufman threw down that gauntlet, even Donald Trump - these days surely the New York developer best known as a public personality - seemed a bit upstaged. Mr. Trump presented his thinking mostly in terms of marketing concerns. For him, the building's shape, size, location and general style were questions of marketing and salesmanship.” (New York Times, July 18, 1982)
  • 1983: Trump headlined a session of a Miami convention for the real estate industry sponsored by the Urban Land Institute. “Futurist author Alvin Toffler Saturday told a Miami Beach convention of some of the country's biggest real-estate developers to expect a revolution that will affect everything from political and economic systems to personal values. […] Toffler's luncheon speech wrapped up three days of conferences at the Fontainebleau Hilton on the prospects in land development in the face of a strengthening national economy. More than 300 members of the Urban Land Institute attended sessions presided over by developers, lawyers, bankers and economists. One session featured New York City developer Donald J. Trump, who described the construction of his 58-story Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.” (Miami Herald, October 30, 2013)
  • 1983: Donald Trump attended an award ceremony honoring architect Philip Johnson. “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a trustee of the Municipal Arts Society of New York, last night presented the society's President's Medal to architect Philip Johnson, whose achievements include the Sculpture Garden and East Wing of the Museum of Modern Art, the AT&T Tower in New York City and the Crystal Cathedral in California. He also designed the Museum of Pre-Columbian Arts at Dumbarton Oaks here. Among the guests expected at the annual dinner in New York's Four Seasons restaurant were real estate magnate Donald Trump; artists Andy Warhol and Louise Nevelson; former Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell, Blanchette Rockefeller and Bianca Jagger.” (Washington Post, December 5, 1983) Philip Johnson
  • 1983: Donald Trump appeared on a panel of business figures in the sports industry hosted by the New York Post. “Four of the nation's top sports entrepreneurs had breakfast together Thursday and gave their opinions at a newspaper-sponsored forum on a wide variety of subjects ranging from legalized gambling to the moral obligations of teams to their cities. George Steinbrenner, principal owner of the New York Yankees; Fred Wilpon, president of the New York Mets; David A. ‘Sonny’ Werblin, president of Madison Square Garden, Inc.; and Donald Trump, owner of the New Jersey Generals, answered questions for an hour posed to them by a panel of newsmen from the New York Post. Most of the questioning involved subject matter pertaining to sports within the New York City metropolitan area. The breakfast was attended by nearly 800 business and civic leaders, including Mayor Edward Koch.” (United Press International, December 15, 1983)
    • Trump claimed that none of the major sponsors of sports franchises were in the industry to make money, a claim which was immediately contradicted by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who was also a panelist. “The question was raised as to why rich people such as a shipbuilding magnate like Steinbrenner, an entertainment mogul like Werblin and real-estate biggies like Wilpon and Trump get involved in sports. ‘Sports,’ said Trump, ‘is a lousy business.’ He cited examples of teams' losing millions of dollars, and added that even when teams made a profit ‘it's peanuts by comparison to their other businesses.’ ‘If it's such a lousy business, then,’ he said, ‘why do we stay in it? Because we enjoy it.’ Fun, then, is the name of the game. ‘I'm sure,’ Trump continued, ‘that none of us up here can say he's in it for the money.’ ‘I can,’ Steinbrenner interjected. ‘I want to make money out of it.’” (New York Times, December 16, 1983)
    • Steinbrenner joked that he was withholding announcements of team management positions because he wanted to consult with Donald Trump for advice first. “Trump also took the opportunity to say that the Generals would soon announce their new coach. He hinted broadly that it would be Walt Michaels. Steinbrenner was asked when he planned to make an announcement about his managerial situation, which creates headlines almost daily. ‘I want to talk to Donald Trump about his scheduling,’ Steinbrenner said with a smile. For Steinbrenner - and this could come as a shock to some of his followers - publicity may be the name of the game.” (New York Times, December 16, 1983)
  • 1986: Donald Trump attended an event commemorating the establishment of the "power breakfast" as a business function. “The battle for the city's business-breakfast market is heating up. […] ‘They're stealing my idea,’ jokes Preston Robert Tisch, president of Loews Corp., which owns a string of hotels in New York and across the nation. Mr. Tisch is credited with popularizing power breakfasts by calling morning meetings over coffee at his Manhattan flagship, the Regency, a decade ago. Power brokers adopted the eyelid-lifting custom, and the Regency with it. At a breakfast party (what else!) in March to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the power breakfast, hundreds of movers and shakers, including Donald Trump, Pete Rozelle, Felix Rohatyn and State Comptroller Edward V. Regan, gathered uptown at the swank Park Avenue hotel to celebrate with Mr. Tisch.” (Crain’s New York Business, May 5, 1986)
  • Travel delays created by heavy snowfall forced Trump to cancel a planned appearance in New York before the Young Mens/Young Women's Real Estate luncheon at the Rainbow Room. “The staggering snowfall last week caused numerous problems for building owners, who had to cope with the fluffy white stuff and its attendant challenges. […] While AREW carried on with the group's luncheon at the Grand Hyatt on Tuesday, the Young Mens/Young Women's Real Estate luncheon at the Rainbow Room was cancelled when speaker Donald J. Trump could not return to the city in time from Florida. That lunch was to take place today, Wednesday, January 17th instead.” (Real Estate Weekly, January 17, 1996)

Political Events

  • March, 1984: Trump attended a political press conference hosted by the governor of New Jersey to criticize conflict with New York leaders over federal redevelopment plans. “Governor Kean told New York business and political leaders yesterday that New York City's attempt to block a $40 million Federal development grant to Jersey City was ‘unworthy and foolish’ and that continued feuding across the Hudson River would hurt the economy of the entire region. […] The audience also included former Mayor Robert F. Wagner; Alan Sagner, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Peter C. Goldmark Jr., the authority's executive director; Robert R. Kiley, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Donald Trump, the developer.” (New York Times, March 22, 1984)
  • May, 2011: Trump spoke before the Nashua Chamber of Commerce in New Hampshire about his feelings after having been mocked by President Obama and Seth Meyers at a White House Correspondents Association Dinner. “Donald Trump has offered one more explanation for his grim face during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. In a speech to the Nashua (N.H.) Chamber of Commerce captured Wednesday on C-SPAN, he explained that he wasn't sure how to react when President Obama and Seth Meyers started making jokes about him.’I looked at my wife and said: 'Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Am I supposed to be honored or am I supposed to hide under the table?' So I just sort of sat there and listened and took it in.’” (Washington Post, May 13, 2011)

Cultural Events

  • 1984: Donald Trump attended an award ceremony honoring Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson, still recovering from burns suffered while filming a commercial in Los Angeles, was given awards from his record company and the Guinness Book of World Records last night at the American Museum of Natural History for his hugely successful album, ‘Thriller.’ […] ‘Thriller’ has sold at least 25 million copies, more than any other solo album, according to Walter Yetnikoff, the president of CBS Records. […] Others who attended the celebrity- studded ceremony included the actress Joan Collins; the real estate developer Donald Trump and his wife, Ivana; and the designer Calvin Klein, who said Mr. Jackson had walked up to him and confided, ‘I'm wearing your jeans, Mr. Klein.’” (New York Times, February 8, 1984) Michael Jackson