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.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Victim Jessica McClure

Known to virtually all conscious Americans in October 1987 as "Baby Jessica," Jessica McClure, 18 months old, had fallen down a Midland,TX, well and was stuck in the well pipe for 58 hours while rescuers tried desperately to free her. A new media company at that time, CNN, was on the spot, bringing constant coverage.

Little Jessica had been playing in an aunt's back yard when she ended up wedged in an 8-inch pipe, 22 feet down the well.

Rescuers pumped in air and some heat while working on digging rescue shafts to reach her. In the end she was saved, but had to have some 15 operations.

Her rescue was one of those "the whole world is watching moments." When sufficiently recovered, she was invited to the White House by President George H.W. Bush.

Donations came in from everywhere and were placed in a trust that she can access when she turns 25. The total now is said to be around $1 million.

Meanwhile, Jessica married in 2006 and has a son.

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