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, August 27, 2009

Disgraced media figure Edward von Kloberg III

Not exactly a media figure, but certainly a media-related figure was Edward von Kloberg, lobbyist and PR representative to some of the world's most unsavory characters of recent times.

The flamboyant Kloberg, who added first a "van" before his birth name, and later changed it to a more regal sounding "von," founded Van Kloberg & Associates in the nation's capital in 1982. Business was not as strong as anticipated, and he filed phony financial statements with a loan application, which earned him a conviction, punished by one year on probation.

Von Kloberg, who favored the wearing of a black cape with his evening wear, was known for taking on clients that no other PR rep would accept.

Most notorious of his clients was Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Others were Ronamia's Nicolae Ceausescu, Liberia's Samuel Doe, and Zaire's Joseph Mobutu Sese Soko.

The fees Von Kloberg charged were high, but he suffered from bad health and in 2005, jumped to his death from Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo.

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