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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Where's MY Fifteen Minutes?!? 

Okay, folks . . . we've all heard Andy Warhol's immortal take on life concerning everyone's fifteen-minutes-of-fame!     But, there are just some people who are using up more than their allotted share, and dipping into the rest of our shares - leaving nothing for us when our time does finally arrive.

Some are obvious (the celebrities that already have their fifteen minutes and then do something so outrageous -- excuse me -- allegedly outrageous -- that we're subjected to the stories in the news, on court TV, E! True Hollywood Story, etc., ad nauseum), while some are just plain sinister without an ounce of guilt or remorse in their bodies and, some . . .

Well, let's take my "neighbor," Jennifer Wilbanks -- she lives just a few towns over (thus, "neighbor" being a relative term in Georgia) . . . last week, we here in northern Georgia, along with the rest of the country, prayed and hoped for the best, yet feared for the worst (due to the track record of missing women such as Chandra Levy and Laci Petterson) but, miraculously, Jennifer Wilbanks turned up in New Mexico, the victim of an alleged kidnapping three days prior.

The joy of her being found alive and safe quickly turned to anger and outrage when it was learned that she had merely "ran-away."     Yes, ran away because she couldn't handle the stress of a large wedding.     Excuse me!?!?!     WHO PLANNED THIS WEDDING?????     Who addressed and mailed 600 invitations?     Who chose 14 bridesmaids?     It wasn't me, that's for sure . . . *in my best Church-Lady voice* -- "Was it Jennifer, perhaps?"

And, still the reputable news organizations are running stories on a daily basis on this woman.     DAILY!     Opinions.     Psychoanalysis.     Rehashing the same information that has been disseminated for almost a week now.    I mean, yeah, it's Sweeps Month but, JEEZ, LOUISE!, give it a break!

This does not EVEN begin to scratch-the-surface of the myriad of articles that are circulating -- both on-line and in print -- on Jennifer Wilbanks . . . and, will be for weeks to come.     Is anyone even still concerned that Chandra Levy's killer got away with murder?     And, what about the numerous other disappearances and murders that occur on a daily basis that never get this kind of press, or might - perhaps - get a one inch mention on page 15 of the local newspaper -- what about THOSE people?     Do they not deserve the same energy, manpower, and effort as to what went into this hoax perpetuated on a Town, then a State, then a Nation?

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