Time Flies Faster Than a White Bronco

Looks like my spiel when I talk to young folks about the 1995 O.J. Simpson criminal trial is outdated. Until now, it has been, “You were just a child/baby when…” Looks like I’m going to have to start saying, “Before you were born …”, in light of this revelation:

“The Class of 2013 was born the year of the professional baseball strike, and  O.J. Simpson was fleeing down the highway in his white Bronco.”   http://chippewa.com/dunnconnect/news/opinion/columnists/school-crossings-defining-what-s-normal-to-the-class-of/article_4a227958-ca40-11e2-a27a-0019bb2963f4.html

That could be good. As fewer people remember or lived through that trial and the spectacle surrounding and trailing after it, perhaps everything-Simpson will fade from headline/celebrity/tabloid news. It does approach over-dose levels at times even today — some 18 years after that “Trial of the Century” era.

It might also have implications for my book, Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson. As that trial and the far-reaching impact media coverage of it had on courts and media access around the world 

As memories dim, there might be less interest in Anatomy. On the other hand, given the first-hand day-by-day account of the behind-the-scenes antics and foibles of everybody associated with that trial the book details and its prescription for how to avoid the pitfalls the judges and others stumbled into, maybe there will be more interest in it.

I dare say it is the most objective first-hand account of that trial and its participants than any other book that’s been published.

And it’s now available in e-format at http://press.umsystem.edu/product/Anatomy-of-a-Trial,1229.aspx

 

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