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"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.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Victim Bubba McClure

The name Bubba (Lynn) McClure was briefly on every American lip in 1976 when this small, unfortunate Marine recruit died during an overly intense exercise at a training camp.

The Lufkin, TX, native had dropped out of school and had been rejected by two other branches of the military before the Marines accepted him.

McClure' death from a blow or blows to the head occurred during a pugil-stick bout. Poles padded on both ends are used to train recruits for bayonet combat.

McClure, who weighed only 115 lbs., was ordered by his drill instructor to take on a succession of much larger boys, the last of whom apparently delivered the crushing blow to the head that killed McClure.

Marine training has to be tough, but clearly the drill instructor had shown a severe lack of judgment. The instructor, Sgt. Harold Bronson, appeared before a Marine tribunal and was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges.

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