The revelation that Richard Dreyfuss is bipolar might explain something that has puzzled me since the celebrity-strewn days of the 1995 Simpson trial.
Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Stone Phillips, Geraldo Rivera, actor James Woods, 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner (better known these days as Kris Kardashian’s hubby — or is that ex-hubby now?), former baseball star Steve Garvey, and Western-stylin’ lawyer Gerry Spence are among the luminaries that made the scene.
One I never saw, but whose presence became known to me via an elaborate floral bouquet that sat on a table in my office one day when I returned from the Simpson courtroom, was Richard Dreyfuss. The arrangement included a note from him thanking me for arranging a seat for him in the Simpson trial. I was flummoxed.
One, he was thanking me for something I didn’t do. While I coordinated with the trial judge, Lance Ito, and his courtroom bailiff on the courtroom seating plan, the only seats I had anything to do with were the 24 allocated for the news media. I referred requests from everyone else, defendant’s relatives and associates, prosecution-related folks, celebrities, judges and their staff, to the bailiff and judicial assistant.
Two, I was in the courtroom every day and I never saw Dreyfuss there.
So, maybe in a manic phase, he envisioned himself attending the trial and got my name from somewhere — which was no secret those days — to thank.