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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24667.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24667

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Title Houstonian 1987
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Transcript Religion — Seriously. When bigtime TV religion combines the power of God with human greed, a media circus ensues. Jim and Tammy Bakker became the most sensational topic of the spring of '87, more sensational than any governmental actions or world issues. The ongoing scandal that rocked PTL seemed to make a mockery of media priorities, and brought much deserved scrutiny to TV evangelism. As heavyweights in the industry, Jim and Tammy were king and queen of an empire, one that would crumble before the public's eyes. Jim Bakker told Ted Kopple on ABC News Nightline in May, "The story seems to get bigger and bigger." At the same time Tammy Bakker realized that they were probably on every magazine cover in the country, except Modern Bride. Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority has held a press conference the previous day to discuss allegations that Jim, in an attempt to make Tammy Faye jealous, had had sex with 19-year-old Jessica Hahn, along with two other men from the PTL Ministries. Also on the one and a half hour conference carried live on CNN, Falwell read a list of desires from Jim and Tammy for their service to PTL ("Praise the Lord"), a list that included: $300,000 annual salary for life for Jim Bakker, $100,000 annual salary for life for Tammy Bakker, two cars, a maid for one year, attorney's fees for IRS problems, lakehouse and furniture, and hospitalization insurance. When Kopple asked what Jim Bakker wanted, he replied, "I don't want anything God doesn't want." To save PTL from enormous debt, an auction was held under the directive of Falwell. Up for bids were an air-conditioned dog house, gold faucets and numerous eccentric items purchased by Tammy faye. She told Ted Kopple, "I am well known for my shopping . . . it's kind of a hobby to help my nerves." The Bakkers were reportedly paid $1.9 million for one year. While being interviewed live on ABC, Jim Bakker explained, "We're a tad flamboyant." But the scandal continues. And Jim and Tammy, without a ministry, without a theme park and without a TV show, haven't yet found their place in the world. In the mean time, PTL, embarrassed, struggles to regain financial stability, and respectability.