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8.27.2009

Dominick Dunne Dead (A Day Late)

I really don't know anything about this guy other than he wrote a bunch of books I've never read. But I do know he was obsessed with the first O.J. Simpson trial, and he's always been famous to me as the guy who was in the audience after the verdict was announced -- mouth wide open the entire time. (He's the one above with, uh, his mouth open.) Uh, oh, ADHD has kicked in: The day the Simpson verdict was to be announced, I went to lunch at the now defunct Mattie's in Decatur. The place was basically two sections in one big room. In the back section was a big screen TV and all of us in that section anxiously awaited the verdict to be read. You could have heard a pin drop. But I remember being astonished that the front section of the restaurant was packed with folks who could not have cared less about verdict. They just sat up there with their chicken fried steaks and sweet teas. I decided that day there are two different kind of people in this in this world, and I was glad I was part of the back room crowd.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes that is the day i decided there are two classes of people..those with $$$$$$$ and those without $$$....which brings this to mind...life is like a bed of roses...have enough money and you can have someone else pick the roses therefore avoiding all the pricks!

uncle fester 2012

Orenthal James in Ovilla said...

It figures you would.

Give me the front room crowd, the group that knows that their present relationships, even when shared over a greasy chicken-fried steak, is more important than what is happening with O.J. or Michael or whoever graces the latest cover of National Enquirer.

While some will sit back in feigned shock at the rioting in the street, the front room crowd will go back out into the world to try and make a difference. Yes sir, let me share a greasy, artery-clogging lunch with some regular people every day of the week.

Anonymous said...

AMEN 1:36. I'd sit with you in the front section anytime while those in the back can dwell on what is happening in the lives of the rich and famous who muder people....

Anonymous said...

"...anxiously awaited the verdict to be read."

You were in the crowd that couldn't wait to hear the outcome. I can forgive you for that because of your connection with the law profession. I'm sure many others in the crowd were connected as well, with the proximity to the courthouse. The other set of people were okay with getting the news of the verdict at some later point. Knowing what happened immediately wasn't going to change their lives.
But the folks who couldn't wait to hear the verdict remind me of the idiot on this blog who demanded to know the name of the girl from Bridgeport who died, even though that information had not been released by the authorities. How would that piece of knowledge changed the inquisitive person's life? And why would you trust the info if it came from a source as unreliable as this blog. Apologies to the author, but this is just a poor man's Wikipedia. Anybody can add an entry, and anybody else can dispute it
All forms of media have become like a tabloid rag at the checkout counter. Be the first to report it. Get the shocking video footage. Feed the hungry masses their salacious tidbits. Move on to the next scandal
I'm not sure why you're glad you were part of the back room crowd. Hearing the verdict as soon as it was read did not give you superiority over the front room crowd

Xanthippas said...

In the back section was a big screen TV and all of us in that section anxiously awaited the verdict to be read. You could have heard a pin drop. But I remember being astonished that the front section of the restaurant was packed with folks who could not have cared less about verdict. They just sat up there with their chicken fried steaks and sweet teas. I decided that day there are two different kind of people in this in this world, and I was glad I was part of the back room crowd.

Good Lord. You "back room" people drove me nuts during the trial. Count me as a front-roomer, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

BARRY----LESS CRAP MORE BOOBS PLEASE

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Barry, you did a perfect job of summing up life here.

Yes, there are two crowds. And yes, one urgently watches the blog, tv, media outlets and wrings their hands over such inspiring topics such as FieldTurf, Michael Jackson's/Ted Kennedy's Death, and half-staff/full-staff. Something ALWAYS has them wound up.

The other "crowd" enjoys visiting with people (not constantly debating/insulting people) and discusses coastal bermuda, Elmer Kelton's Death, and spread offense/two TE offense.

Count me in the "other" crowd.

Anonymous said...

Remember what St. Dominick always said....

"Feely me bony belly while selling all of his dominos"

Double Fake Sister Mary Elephant

Anonymous said...

No racist statement...but i do believe in my heart that OJ was guilty. Im not black, but i do know you can only be with a white girl for so long before you want to kill'em. Hell, women in general!

Anonymous said...

Count me in on the front room crowd. I prefer real friends and family involved in my life instead of living my life through the television and fake/phony people.

Anonymous said...

He was also the father of murder victim Dominique Dunne, the girl with the dark hair from poltergeist, who was strangled by her stalker boyfriend...

Anonymous said...

maybe, he's waiting to be "T" bagged!

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering what the definition of "muder" is...

Double Fake Merriam-Webster

Anonymous said...

Lyrics to Dominique :

Dominique, nique, nique, over the land he plods
And sings a little song
Never asking for reward
He just talks about the Lord
He just talks about the Lord

Double Fake the Singing Nun

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mike,

You may be the last sane person who plays on this blog.

Very intelligent comment. Good luck to you in your life.

The Real Xanthippas said...

Xan,

I'm pretty sure you're more of a "back door" type of guy...

TRX

Anonymous said...

Look, I'm a product of the Decatur school system and even I know that Dominick Dunne was an accomplished writer and, at the very least, the brother-in-law of Joan Didion, for crying out loud. His Vanity Fair articles were always entertaining. I'm actually saddened by his death.

Fox News viewers will be happy to note that Dunne was always terribly hard on the Kennedys! So there's that.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know who the man was either but I keep thinking back to the day when O.J.'s verdict finally came in. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. The reason is that I did care about what else goes on in this world. Can't keep your head in the sand all of the time. I am one from the Back room!