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, July 10, 2009

Misc.: Arthur Kent

Accomplished journalist Arthur Kent was the dashing television reporter known as "The Scud Stud" for the risky reporting he did in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. His nickname was derived from the Scud missile attacks he had to dodge in covering that conflict.

The journalist, Canadian by birth, was very popular in America in his role as a Dateline NBC host, and even more so for his field work as a reporter.

Kent was less than happy with the move toward infotainment that was underway at his network and in 1992, he was fired. He sued on a variety of grounds and received an undisclosed, but large settlement from the network.

Kent has done well both in reporting and in court. He won another good-sized settlement in 2008 from material he claimed was used without permission for the movie Charlie Wilson's War.

Kent has been on the ground to cover many dramatic world events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square protests in China, and the devastating conflict between ethnic groups in Bosnia.

He was less than popular during the administration of George W. Bush for his opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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