Thursday, September 22, 2005

FBI web site offers trove of celeb news

The headline of this article and the tone of it both make you think they're revealing some really interesting stuff about dead celebrities from FBI files. Just check out the first couple of lines:

Can't get enough celebrity news? Hooked on cop shows and reality TV? The FBI has a Web site for you!

But actually, it's such a bunch or boring crap, it makes me wonder why the Chicago Sun Times would even bother to run an article about it in the first place. Walter Payton had a (gasp!) death threat. He also won an award from the Anti Defamation League. This might be news to the Chicago Sun Times, but I'm pretty sure Walter Payton won a lot more high profile awards than that. Actually, I hear he was once the NFL's all time leading rusher, but keep that quiet.

In 1942, the FBI thought that W.E.B. DuBois' writing indicated that he might be socialist, and also noted that he'd been called a communist. Wow! How exciting, I wonder how they kept this secret all those years.

Mike Royko (Yeah, I don't know who he is either, but he looks like Junior Soprano) got a threat (get this)... in the mail! This is compelling stuff.

I won't spoil all the great stories about The Doors for you, go read the article, but don't do it until you're ready to fall asleep.

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Ross A Lincoln said...

Mike Royko was one of the greatest newpaper columnist-writers of all time, and one of my personal idols. He died in 1997. He was sarcastic, plain spoken and wordly, and reminded me at least of Mark twain. I think if you check him out you'll find that he was hilarious, especially the column he wrote in the summer of 1989, about Batman.

His politics sometimes dip into areas you might disagree with - I know they did for me, but for the most part he was liberal through and through, and again, hilarious.

Plus, he vowed never to work for Rupert Murdoch, about whom he said "No self-respecting fish would be wrapped in a Murdoch paper... His goal is not quality journalism. His goal is vast power for Rupert Murdoch, political power."

Check him out, you won't regret it.

John Howard said...

Yeah, I looked him up after posting this, and I think I may have heard of him before, just not enough to recognize it right away.

Anonymous said...

Very cool!

John Howard said...

Wow, my very first comment spam.

Linkmeister said...

Sheesh. If that's your first, you've been fortunate.

Royko fit in well with Studs Terkel, another noted Chicagoan. The only comparable guy still writing for wide publication might be Jimmy Breslin.