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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, July 9, 2009

Misc.: Roy Moore

Former Justice Roy Moore of Alabama became widely known around the nation in 2003 for his duel with higher authority about the presence of a granite Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the state courthouse when he was chief justice of that state's Supreme Court.

The Religious Right loved Moore for his stand on the matter; his opponents thought that either he failed to understand the religion clause of the First Amendment or that he was simply showboating for political purposes.

Certainly, Moore did at least have aspirations for higher office. After his defiance of orders to remove the 5,200-pound monument, Moore himself was removed as Chief Justice. He ran unsuccessfully for Alabama governor in 2006, losing in a landslide. Undeterred, he announced that he will run again for that office in 2010.

Moore is a West Point graduate and served as a military police officer. He also worked as a cowboy and as a professional kickboxer.

Moore's first big religious controversy was over a wood plaque showing the Ten Commandments; he hung the plaque behind his courtroom bench when he was a circuit judge.

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