“He was a perfectionist and many of us would say a deal was good, but unless it was perfect, he wouldn’t have any of it,” Weiner recalled. “And it worked. He formed a remarkable group of people who have so much in common as business people. There’s no business of this size that has the humanity and skills like this.”
Chip’s son Max Hooper is an outstanding basketball player and guard for Oakland University in Michigan — last week, Chip made a trip to Michigan to watch his son play on Senior Night.
“Chip made the trip from Monterey, Calif., to Detroit in order to be with his son on Senior Night. Chip, who has been struggling with health issues in recent years, suffered a stroke Oct. 22. But he promised Max he’d come to a game this season,” according to an article in Pollstar. “It was no small feat. Paradigm chairman Sam Gores’ brother, Tom, owns the Detroit Pistons and offered his private plane to fly Chip and some friends, including Paradigm’s Dan Weiner, out from Monterey, according to the Detroit Free Press. They were met by an ambulance and paramedics and arrived at the arena in time for Max to see them during warm-ups.”
In a touching story for Campus Rush, writer Michael Rosenberg recalls Chip and Max’s nightime ritual:
Most of their conversations were about basketball. At night, Chip would tell Max, “I believe in you.” And Max would say, “I believe in myself.”
Chip would say: “I believe in your dreams.” And Max would say: “I believe in my dreams.”
And Chip would say, “You’re going to make them all come true.” And Max would say, “I’m going to make them all come true.”
Chip with his son Max and his daughter Valerie.