Hilly Kristal, Richard Jewell both died today

These two people have absolutely nothing to do with one and other, besides their death dates. Richard Jewell was a security guard at the Atlanta Olympics who was falsely pegged as a "person of interest" in the bombing that eventually Eric Robert Rudolph pleaded guilty to, and Jewell got a buttload of money out of NBC and some other media outlets because of their apparent rush to judgment. I encountered him in 1995 getting pelted by Piedmont College student in one of those weird snow storms north of I-85 in Demorest, and even then he had oddly prescient delusions of grandeur about saving someone from catastrophe at the Olympics.

Hilly Kristal found CBGB's in New York City which closed a few years back. This club was generally credited as the birthplace of American punk music, where the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads and Blondie cut their teeth among other bands. I went there just to say I had been there during one of my many rock and roll related trips to a New Music Seminar in the mid 1990s.

What does CBGB's stand for? Country, BlueGrass and Blues. I can't remember what OMFUG stands for right now


Polusplanchnos said...

Jewell taught one of the Academy classes I attended at NEGPA, back in 2004. He seemed a nice enough guy.

Adrian Pritchett said...

Jewell's attorney Lin Wood came to UGA to talk to my class last year. He pointed out that the Georgia Supreme Court had avoided a majority rule in Jewell's libel case AJC to rule in favor of the newspaper, and he reminded us that the justices are elected and apparently willing to change the law to avoid making folks mad at the AJC in order to stay secure in their elected offices.

MasonMcD said...

"OMFUG" stands for "Other music for uplifting gormandizers."