About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Advertising icon Andy Lambros

In public memory, Andy Lambros will forever be that dangerously cute, curly-haired kid with the fishing pole, singing the Oscar Mayer Bologny jingle.

Ad agency J. Walter Thompson gets credit for producing the jingle, but the commercial's enormous success couldn't have occurred without little Mr. Lambros, who played his part to perfection.

The ad first appeared in 1974 or perhaps 1975.

Few of us stay as cute as we once were, and like all flesh, Lambros moved on to other things. He got into computers and the aquarium business while still a teenager, went to college, ran a pet shop business, and started an Internet firm. He has continued to act on the side. His appearances have included a child part in the 1980 movie Fatso, starring the hilarious Dom Deluise, and, in 2005, a part in a Chicago production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Mostly, though, we will picture Lambros as a 4-year-old kid telling us, in song, about his favorite bologny's first and last names.

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