Here’s a headline that got my attention today:
Dan Abrams Recalls OJ’s Incriminating Shoes
And here’s one of the questions from a Q&A with Abrams in the Hamptons magazine, which was posted on mediabistro.com/fishbowlny:
“I have to say how amazing it is that you, as a young lawyer, got to cover the O.J.Simpson murder trial. Did you know that O.J. Simpson was guilty?”
And Abrams answer:
“Anyone who watched that trial knew that OJ Simpson was guilty. But more importantly, anyone who watched the civil trial… O.J. Simpson had to testify during the civil case, and that’s when his story completely fell apart. There were shoe prints found at the scene — I think it was size 13 Bruno Magli shoes. Simpson had claimed that he would never wear such ugly shoes, and yet as the civil trial was about to start, a newsletter from the Buffalo Bills from eight months before the murder [showed] him wearing those ugly shoes.”
I don’t know about everyone knowing Simpson was guilty, but I do remember Dan as a young lawyer — and TV reporter. His employer was Court TV. Both Dan and Court TV were new kids on the block back in 1992. That was the year Dan joined Court TV and that was the year Court TV made its bones on the national scene with its coverage of the Rodney King beating trial.
(That trial began less than three months after I became the Los Angeles Superior Court’s information officer and media liaison, so I was a new kid on the block then, too.)
Dan has had a remarkable career, which has included hosting “The Abrams Report” on MSNBC before becoming general manager of that cable network, founded the internet media network Mediaite, chief legal anchor for ABC News and serving as host of ABC’s “Nightline.” His writing has appeared in several major publications and he is author of the book Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers and Just About Everything Else.” And he’s part owner of a restaurant in TriBeca. Busy, busy guy!