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.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Disgraced religious figure John Geoghan

Perhaps America's best-known pedophile and maybe even a record holder was former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan.

The troubled father was accused of pedophilia by around 130 boys and young men over his long career in the Boston area, shuffled from one parish to another by his superiors.

Geoghan was defrocked in 1998 and cost the church many millions of dollars in settlements. Some cases remain pending. The way his diocese handled his case was part of what led to the resignation of his Cardinal, Bernard Law, in 2002.

For a while, the aging priest lived in a home for retired clergy but was sentenced to 9-10 years in prison in 2002. Pedophiles appear to be most prisoners' and most guards' least favorite kind of criminal, and Geoghan's life in stir was a virtual hell on earth.

In 2003, a tattoo-covered homophobic young inmate, Joseph L. Druce, got into Geoghan's cell and strangled him to death.

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