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 Martha Moxley

On the night before Halloween, 1975, cute 15-year-old Martha Moxley of Greenwich, CT, went out for an evening of pranks. She was found the next morning in her back year, beaten to death.

To be precise, she had been beaten to death with a golf club--a 6 iron.

Years went by--20 of them--before anyone answered for this senseless crime.

Convicted in 2002 was Michael Skakel, age 15 at the time of the killing. Skakel was a troubled overprivileged child and a relation of the Kennedy family. He, like Moxley, lived in the posh gated community of Belle Haven within Greenwich.

The spoiled Skakel, known for having a foul temper, had done poorly in school, possibly due to dyslexia. The precise reason for the murder remains a mystery. Skakel received a 20-year sentence.

During the years prior to his trial, he had been a competitive skiier, had finished college and had married and divorced.

That justice was so long delayed made Moxley a victim of a legal system that, good as it is overall, remains distinctly slanted to the benefit of the wealthy and well connected.

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